Re Can republicans think at all ( berkeley) Neither can they Read (Replughacoons! Heh?)
In the OP’s Post it was Clearly Noted it was Written by John Locke! JEFFERSON DID NOT WRITE IT. NEITHER DID “JOHN ADAMS!”
Replughacoons are Incapable of a Reasoned Response, (SEE BELOW) So SPEW FORTH LIES!
This low grade RETARDED worker at Goodwill & Living in a GROUP HOME for MENTAL ILLNESS, makes a VALID POINT, yet the REAL MORON, the Denier Attack Poster, attacks with TOTALLY WRONG assumptions!
Pursuit of Happiness.”.
“Where the hell in our constitution does it say that you are guaranteed happiness in your choice of work.”
And the liberal idiot said: “Try This, Replugh-A-Coon!Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness . . . with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.”.
UM. . … that is in the declaration of independence you idiot, not the constitution. Jefferson wrote as he has explained a billion times, that government (King George) shall NOT infringe on a person rights in the pursuit if happiness and life and liberty. Jefferson did not want the government involved at ALL! He was for small, unregulated government. On the other hand, Adams was for strong central government. Adams did not write those words, Jefferson did! If Adams would of written those words, you might have a point, but he did NOT. . .
. Jefferson did.
SEE WHAT A FOOL! Below was NOT Jefferson.
SOURCE FOR LIFE, LIBERTY and the PURSUIT of HAPPINESS
John Locke (1632-1704) was a major English philosopher, whose political writings in particular helped pave the way for the French and American revolutions. He coined the phrase ‘pursuit of happiness,’ in his book An Essay Concerning Human Understanding, and thus this website is deeply indebted to him. Thomas Jefferson took the phrase “pursuit of happiness” from Locke and incorporated it into his famous statement of a peoples’ inalienable right to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” in the Declaration of Independence!
What most people don’t know, however, is that Locke’s concept of happiness was majorly influenced by the Greek philosophers, Aristotle and Epicurus in particular. Far from simply equating “happiness” with “pleasure,” “property,” or the satisfaction of desire, Locke distinguishes between “imaginary” happiness and “true happiness.” Thus, in the passage where he coins the phrase “pursuit of happiness,” Locke writes:
“The necessity of pursuing happiness [is] the foundation of liberty. As therefore the highest perfection of intellectual nature lies in a careful and constant pursuit of true and solid happiness; so the care of ourselves, that we mistake not imaginary for real happiness, is the necessary foundation of our liberty. The stronger ties we have to an unalterable pursuit of happiness in general, which is our greatest good, and which, as such, our desires always follow, the more are we free from any necessary determination of our will to any particular action. . .” (1894, p. 348)
In this passage, Locke indicates that the pursuit of happiness is the foundation of liberty since it frees us from attachment to any particular desire we might have at a given moment. So, for example, although my body might present me with a strong urge to indulge in that chocolate brownie, my reason knows that ultimately the brownie is not in my best interest. Why not? Because it will not lead to my “true and solid” happiness which indicates the overall quality or satisfaction with life. If we go back to Locke, then, we see that the “pursuit of happiness” as envisaged by him and by Jefferson was not merely the pursuit of pleasure, property, or self-interest (although it does include all of these). It is also the freedom to be able to make decisions that results in the best life possible for a human being, which includes intellectual and moral effort. We would all do well to keep this in mind when we begin to discuss the “American” concept of happiness.
Do you believe it is your countries job to guarantee you happiness in your marriage, your looks, your intelligence etc?