The Pursuit Of Happiness

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Whilst flipping through an old college American History textbook the other day, I stopped at the pages that illustrate a copy of the “Declaration of Independence”. The preamble is the most often quoted portion of the document. Although the statement about life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness is noble and almost holy, I stumble at the word “pursuit”. Thomas Jefferson and the Committee of Five may have had a hiccup regarding happiness. I give those folks a pass because they were not privy to modern philosophical views regarding the concept of happiness. I’m just glad that they included happiness in their message.

Indeed, millions of people are engaged in the pursuit of happiness. They seem not to know what it is they’re looking for. They want to own prestigious status symbols, consume every latest gadget, make tons of money, have a desireable partner, be powerful and successful, and make…

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