Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Pursuit of happiness

Does one have a right to be happy?  I suppose it is not as urgent or essential as the right to life.  In that sense, it cannot really be claimed to be a 'right'; a privilege, a bonus, maybe.

But almost everyone does seek happiness and wellbeing.  There's nothing wrong with it or bad about it.  And why should one not seek to be happy?  There is no sensible reason one would avoid happiness or give it up, unless it is for some greater happiness.

However, which is correct: right to happiness or right to pursue happiness?  The latter makes more sense.  Everyone has the right to the pursuit of happiness, not to ready-made happiness!  None can claim that he or she has the right to be happy, without any effort.

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