presumably somewhat boring for the lack of our energetic pursuit of happiness. Irecall once again bits and pieces of her sentimental speech:
"It (the United States) is the only country I'm aware of that has articulated theright to pursuit of HAPPINESS... it recognizes that personhood has an emotional as well as PHYSICAL AND MENTAL component. An individual has the RIGHT TO emotional WELL-BEING and to seek to improve the quality of life. This goesbeyond the right to live and have one's basic needs met."
I responded that the pursuit of happiness was well known overseas: that, for instance, the Philosophic Radical Jeremy Bentham and his Utilitarian colleaguesmade quite a fuss over the greatest happiness of the greatest number. Yet theyfound little use in discussing metaphysical, arbitrary, and capricious sentiments;not they were devoid of sentiment: they were merely being objective in an effort tocome up with something everyone could appreciate. Moreover, I declared propertyto be the original ticket to real happiness in America.Helga felt I had callously disregarded her sentiments and that I had cynically takenher words out of context. Such was not my intention. It simply takes me quiteawhile to respond at length to old themes in the brief New World overtures. When'The Helgalian Chronicle' releases its last edition, I'm sure Helga will find her loveof the United States of America fully justified. In the interim, may I recommendinvesting in real estate? For real property is the basis of material wealth.Remember, the word "property" is the name of one of our inalienable Rights in arough draft of our Declaration of Independence; Jefferson later omitted it favor of the more sensible word for the revolutionary occasion: the euphemism,"happiness."Overseas, the French did not mince words in their 'Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen':
"2. The aim of all political association is the preservation of the natural and imprescriptible rights of man. These rights are liberty, PROPERTY, security, and resistance to oppression."
Why prevaricate? Property is the basic bone of contention. Did not Proudhon proudly say "Property is theft" in answer to the capitalist property proposition?As for Happiness in France, Liberty is the sine qua non of French happiness. Infact, happiness would be an understatement in a French bill of rights. Frenchliberty is defined as follows: