Posted by Vladimir Minkov
In my post “There is no anti-Black or anti-Ethiopian racism – we just dislike in the others what we dislike in ourselves” I have made the point that the so-called racial unrests in USA and Israel are not racial at all. Not the race of rebellious minorities is the reason for the majorities in both countries to dislike the rebellious minorities – the majorities in both countries do not like the actions of the rebellious minorities that are destructive to the spiritual Bible-based fabric of the society.
Moreover, the government intervention creates the so-called racial problems, which are unresolvable, and I intend to prove it in this post.
What is the true reasons for some minorities who happened to be of different races to be dissatisfied with their lives and revolt?
The dissatisfied minorities observe much better material life of the others and they feel deprived of a lot of stuff the others have. That is a good spiritual feeling along the lines of Torah/Bible that should create incentives for doing whatever is possible to improve your own life, the life of your family and your community.
If this is the true reason for some minorities to be dissatisfied, what they should do to become happy?
To improve your own life, the life of your family and community, and become happy, you have to get a better education or better training and begin teaching your kids to respect the way of life of the others even if it is what you believe you cannot reach.
Why the dissatisfied minorities are not doing all that?
The deprived, dissatisfied minorities may be willing to do all what is necessary to improve their well-being if they are left alone – to do all what is necessary with the help of numerous charities (Americans and Israelis are most charitable people in the world).
However, the politicians are getting involved that prevents the dissatisfied minorities from resolving the challenge on their own. The politicians are delivering to the disadvantaged minorities the following message:
That is not your fault that you are dissatisfied, disadvantaged and deprived of many things that the others have;
that is the fault of the entire society that has not provided enough help for you;
you are not able to address this challenge on your own;
you are unhappy because the others, who are of different race, treat you as people of a spiritually lower race;
the government is the only force that can help you.
Many dishonest members of the dissatisfied minorities are helping the untruthful politicians deliver this message, and the dissatisfied minorities like this message.
What is the reason for the politicians to be untruthful and create a false impression that they are able to satisfy the unhappy minorities and make them happy again?
The reason is simple – forcing the dissatisfied minorities to believe that there is an easier way to make them happy. This easier way is through the government redistribution of funds – the government would confiscate, through the taxation system, money from the others and deliver the confiscated money to the disadvantaged minorities.
Why the intervention of the government makes the unhappy minorities even unhappier?
The human happiness is a function of a subconscious cost-benefit analysis. Your cost is an amount of your spiritual (mental) energy, your time and money you are investing to get something you want; your benefits are what you are getting in return. At a certain level of the invested spiritual energy, time and money, you made a decision –subconsciously – that more investment do not provide good return. At this point, you stop investing – and you are satisfied with your own decision and therefore you are happy.
The situation is completely different if you are getting what you demand free – you do not invest any mental energy, any creative time and money to get what you are getting as an imagined compensation for some historic suffering. Since the cost of your investment is close to zero while profit (the free goodies) is substantial, you are encouraged to demand more and more. But you cannot get more and more since there are limits on the taxation level – at a high taxation level, the economy and the money for free goodies begin contracting. However, you are already convinced the free goodies are what the society own to you. You become angrier and much-much less happy.
At this point, the unhappiness of the so-called disadvantaged minorities may bring a truly bloody unrest. What to do? We should go back to the Bible-proven recipes for happiness – to try to make yourself happy through your own efforts with minimal reliance on the others, first on the government.