The Pursuit Of Happiness By John Steinbeck Essay

1070 Words Nov 30th, 2016 5 Pages
True Happiness John 's opinion of "the pursuit of happiness" is based on his own experiences with the term "happiness" and due to those experiences, have caused him to develop these, almost biased seeming, views on happiness. As far as "the pursuit of happiness" being added to the Declaration of Independence, I don 't feel it was a harmful idea. Everyone has their own depiction of the term "happiness" and how they might pursue it. John clearly had his own feelings toward the phrase and supported them with his personal views and experiences.“To our eyes and ears, human equality and the liberty to build a happy life are extrication the cadences of the Declaration, and thus in America 's idea of itself. We are not talking about happiness in only the sense of good cheer or delight, though good cheer and delight are surely elements of happiness. Jefferson and his colleagues were contemplating something more comprehensive--more revolutionary, if you will. Garry Wills ' classic 1978 book on the Declaration, Inventing America, puts it well: "When Jefferson spoke of pursuing happiness," wrote Wills, "he had nothing vague or private in mind. He meant public happiness which is measurable; which is, indeed, the test and justification of any government."(Meacham, Jon”Free To Be Happy”) John Barlow’s experiences with happiness influenced his belief that pursuit of happiness was toxic to the Declaration of Independence. People abuse the pursuit in…

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