The Pursuit of Happyness Quotes by Chris Gardner
What the Declaration of Independence really means by 'pursuit of happiness'
Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness : these are among the unalienable rights of all people, according the American Declaration of Independence. On the other hand, the pursuit of happiness has been pretty much left to the economic marketplace. If every person is afforded an opportunity to acquire and accumulate private property — to become wealthy — we seem to assume their right to pursue happiness has been ensured. However, it may be time to admit that this part of the American experiment in democracy has failed. However, our success in the pursuit of happiness has been far less impressive. The lack of translation of wealth into happiness is not unique to the United States.
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Different pursuits in life
It meant prosperity or, perhaps better, well-being in the broader sense. It included the right to meet physical needs, but it also included a significant moral and religious dimension. Affirmations of these kinds could be multiplied many times from documents and speeches of the time. A rthur Schlesinger Sr. While less employed today, this secondary meeting nonetheless remains in use when referring, for example, to the pursuit of medicine, or the pursuit of lawyering, etc. We might even think of it in the sense of vocation. It seems to assume an objective moral order from which a person may not alienate himself.
It seems that many Americans have been pursuing the Wall Street version of happiness with a vengeance, encouraged by the blockbuster "Pursuit of Happyness," in which Will Smith and his real-life son become best buddies in an epic journey from rags to riches. Try typing "pursuit of happiness" on Google. Half of the page is filled with websites devoted to the movie, in spite of the fact that you got the spelling right. It's no wonder that, in the minds of many Americans, the "pursuit of happiness" is unconsciously equated with the pursuit of wealth and security. What did Thomas Jefferson mean when he enshrined the "pursuit of happiness" as a basic right in the Declaration of Independence?