Monday, February 22, 2010

Blacks most moved by beauty of life

MIDUS Study respondents were asked the following question: "On a daily basis, how often do you experience the following: A feeling of being deeply moved by the beauty of life." Here are the percentages who answered "often" by race/ethnicity:

Percent

Blacks 49.0
Hispanics 43.2
Polish 42.3
Amerindian 40.0
Scottish 37.1
English 38.4
Irish 35.3*
Norwegian 33.8
German 33.0*
Jewish 30.2*
Italian 29.9*
French 26.7*

* significantly lower than blacks at the 95% confidence level

Blacks are significantly more likely than several European groups to have this type of experience often. I'm reminded of Louis Armstrong's "What a Wonderful World" (although he didn't write the song). This is consistent with the higher level of religiosity reported by blacks.  

4 comments:

silly girl said...

Wow, French and Italian at the bottom. Maybe that is why they were motivated to create so many beautiful things.

Anonymous said...

I wonder if blacks are so moved in Africa.

Anonymous said...

"If I could only live at the pitch that is near madness
When everything is as it was in my childhood
Violent, vivid, and of infinite possibility:
That the sun and the moon broke over my head."

-Richard Eberhart


This seems perhaps relevant.

Boogliodemus said...

I've also noticed that mental retards always have a smile on their face.