Sunday, July 18, 2010

About That "Pursuit"

Caught by Terry:

[H]e [Thomas Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence] did not say that among men's inalienable rights, which a just government should secure, the attainment of happiness. If he had said that, it would have been nonsense. ...

Now the pursuit ... he chose the word pursuit, which is a remarkable choice on his part, meaning a government should attempt to secure for every man the external conditions within its powers to control, to facilitate the pursuit by the individual of happiness.
--Mortimer J. Adler

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