From the Author
The phrase, "Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" is taken from the United States Declaration of Independence, signed July 4, 1776. "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. That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness."
Those are powerful words.
The books' titles should be obvious by now. LIFE: What life could be like. LIBERTY: What freedoms can be given and taken away. And now THE PURSUIT: pursuing happiness and freedom. From yourdictionary.com: "The pursuit of happiness is defined as a fundamental right to freely pursue joy and live life in a way that makes you happy, as long as you don't do anything illegal or violate the rights of others." Some also believe that "the pursuit of happiness" references the right to own property. Thomas Jefferson doesn't specify how he intended that phrase, and maybe that's the point. It's up to us to define it. I hope this series has given you a little more appreciation of those rights: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
With the release of THE PURSUIT, I hope you have asked yourself, "What would I do if this happened? How would I survive without technology or money? How would I protect my family?" I hope you can also see what I have come to believe: Humans are born to survive. We're born to adapt and overcome. Not only that, but we're born to pursue happiness, wherever we find it, even in the smallest quantities. Happiness is out there. We just have to pursue it.
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