September 8, 2015
Man as the Quintessential Meaning-Craving Being
The Declaration of Independence, adopted by the Second Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, begins with the words:
On Happiness (and the pursuit thereof), the Search for Meaning, and Purpose
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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.
Although there is some uncertainty as to what inspired Thomas Jefferson to write these words
--whether it was John Locke, the Virginia Declaration of Rights, or some other source--there is no debate that they
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