Saturday, November 17, 2007

What Did the Founders Mean by the Pursuit of Happiness?

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness..."

-Sigmund Freud said the pursuit of happiness is tied to human love and to creative work and play,

-Others say happiness meant far more than self-gratification; it implied both self-realization and equality

-And others say that it's a myth today as it was three centuries ago. All men and women aren’t created equal and don’t have the same right to life, liberty, and happiness.

On Friday's show William Federer, author and modern-day historian, talked about what the Founders really meant by the term Pursuit of Happiness, as well as being 'created equal'. Did they intend to separate church and state?

Conservative or liberal, you will probably be surprised to hear the correct answer.

Hear the show online now (See 10/16/07)


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