Consequential Questions to Happiness

In the American declaration of independence, one of the inalienable rights of every American is "the pursuit of happiness". Why did Thomas Jefferson write it as "the pursuit of.." and not just "happiness"? In saying happiness is inconsequential, is it in conflict with the declaration of independence?

Examining life in general, the very meaning of "the pursuit of happiness" may be interpreted as the pursuit of.. money, status, power, sex, and the likes of them. Can the vehement and fanatical pursuit of these elements bring about happiness? If the answer is yes, the masses have every reason of scaling the unforgiving heights of the financial, status, power, and sex mountains of the world in the pursuit of happiness.

When one look for happiness, what do they really look for? This is a consequential question.

"When one sacrifice time with family in order to spend more "quality time" with the boss (so to get that promotion and pay rise), will one be happy?"

"When I hide it all behind my spouse in order to have that thrilling experience with the woman or man, will I be happy?"

"When I have removed all potential competition at all cost and by whatever means necessary and got to the top of the corporate ladder, will I be happy?"

One may run away from this consequential question for a while but it will hunt them down and catch up with them sooner or later and hopefully not on the death bed. They will either lurch, and continue running to see how far they can go or face the question square on.

If the answer is a "yes", then the journey ahead is long and perilous. If "no", then there is much room to find the real meaning of happiness.

by Aloy L. Counsellor, Author, Speaker. He has rigorously trained in counselling and psychotherapy, served full-time in ministries, and worked businesses on solid principles. His calling and mission are to counsel, write, and speak Hope to all.

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