The pursuit of happiness

When Thomas Jefferson and his colleagues signed the Declaration of Independence and declared that we have a fundamental right to “the pursuit of happiness,” they were not thinking about “yellow smiley faces, self-esteem or even feelings,” says Jon Meacham, writing in the July 8-15 issue of Time magazine.

Instead, they were thinking about the “good of the whole”—because, Meacham says, the good of the whole “was crucial to the genuine well-being of the individual.” They had in mind eudaimonia—the Greek word for happiness—which “evokes virtue, good conduct and generous citizenship.”

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One Response to “The pursuit of happiness”

  1. Hicham August 13, 2014 at 12:34 am #

    These pieces really set a standard in the inuyrtsd.

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