Foolishness since 2007

Foolishness since 2007
Foolishness since 2007

Saturday, January 12, 2019

We, As A Nation Ain't Happy

It seems to me that ain't no one happy - not individuals, not the Nation. I contend the root source of our collective unhappiness is that we now have two generations of voting age adults that have not received an education in the public schools. These are the people that have been flunking the questions that the Jay Leno's, et al have asked of the man in the street. Questions like who won the Civil War? What are the three branches of our government? If you can't answer basic questions about our nation, you can not feel any allegiance to our form of government. You are not happy with it. These are the people you see screaming in the streets about supposed injustices and now have been elected to Congress.

PS, the teachers are no more knowledgable, most cannot pass the test that all students are supposed to pass to graduate from high school. Thanks, teacher's union.

So that's my rant this week. Now I let's consider what was meant by "...the pursuit of happiness". The word of the week Eudaimonia

I'm reading "The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels" by Jon Meacham and wanted to share this quote with you.

"Until Philadelphia, the pursuit of happiness had never been granted such pride of place in a new scheme of human government—pride of place that put the governed, not the governors, at the center of the project. Reflecting on the sources of the thinking on which he drew to draft the Declaration, Jefferson credited “the elementary books of public right… Aristotle, Cicero, Locke.” 

To understand the Declaration, then, we have to start with Aristotle. Happiness, he wrote, is the end and the purpose of action—the whole point of life. It was an ultimate good, worth seeking for its own sake. Given the Aristotelian insight that man is a social creature whose life finds meaning in his relation to other human beings, Jeffersonian —the Greek word for happiness, which can also mean “flourishing”—evokes virtue, good conduct, and generous citizenship. Happiness in the ancient and American traditions is as much about the public weal as it is about an individual’s endorphins." [I had to look up weal. Take it as a case of redass]

From a man who knows what he is talking about on Higher Education.

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