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Pursuit of Happiness

Hey, happy July 4.

Enshrined in our U.S. Constitution, we say that people have the right to the “Pursuit of Happiness.” It’s a rather upbeat thing for such an august document to say, isn’t it? I was talking to our good friend and Gray’s Theology charter member Anthony today about this phrase, and he said something to the effect of, “To deny the right to pursue happiness is like saying you don’t have the right to breathe. We just try to be happy, that’s part of being human.”

I think Anthony’s right. Whether we’re oppressed under some dictator, or we’re living large in a free country, we all still have things that we try to accomplish, things we try to change about our situation to bring ourselves a little closer to our vision of what will be happier.

So with that in mind, what the heck do you think our founding fathers were talking about? Also, is happiness a worthy pursuit? And finally, if yes, what specifically are you trying to pursue when you “pursue happiness”? If no, what *do* you think is a worthy pursuit?

Credit where credit’s due: Another good friend of ours, Jedidiah, planted the seeds of the topic. Actually, I pushed it in a different direction than his also-sweet original idea (which was: Do we really have a right to happiness, anyway?), which I hope we’ll get to next month.

If you’re confused about why I have making some of my statements in first person plural, it’s because I’m referring to the ridiculously awesome meetup group this blog serves, Gray’s Theology. Comments are reserved to folks who have attended in the meatspace. If you’re in the Verona, Wisconsin area, head over to the meetup site and find out how to join us.

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One Response to “Pursuit of Happiness”

  1. I agree with Anthony. There is a difference between a right to the pursuit of happiness, and a right to happiness.


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