What is the big deal with happiness? When Thomas Jefferson was writing up the draft of the United States Declaration of Independence he penned the phrase “Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
In many ways this phrase has become the dangling carrot of our lives. The tasty morsel that is just out of reach. We can smell it and see it, but for some reason we never can quite reach it.
Is it just a coincidence or did Tom deliberately not say the “acquisition of happiness?” That would have a different meaning altogether. That would imply that one might actually be able to lay hold of this coveted thing called happiness.
The word “pursuit” conjures up images in my mind of a fox chasing a rabbit through the brambles and just as the fox is about to pounce the rabbit ducks into a hole. The chase goes on and on and the fox’s appetites is never satisfied. Pursuit implies an active chase, one that goes on and on.