Freedom, Liberty And The Pursuit Of Happiness Essay

1460 Words Dec 1st, 2016 6 Pages
Whenever there are times of great trial, everyone has their own rallying point. These tend to be unique—to a culture, a person, a religion—but they all serve the same purpose. They are what the person or group defines as their most fundamentally important characteristic—what makes them different from those around them. For the people of the United States, one of these points is at the very inception of the country: The Declaration of Independence. Within the first several lines there exists an endemic statement that drives the will of many Americans, “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.” This idea, and the hope that it provides, of an existence where life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are not only a dream but a reality for all is fundamental to what it means to be American. And yet, the true meaning of these words can be so easily lost in modern translations and arguments to the point where their true potency and responsibility is lost. However, this does not have to be and merely providing an understanding of their true intent can provide a great deal of healing to the divide in modern American society. When Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence, this concept of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, was not at the forefront of his mind. In fact, the truly powerful bit in…

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