Title: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness!By: Jay W. BadryWord Count: 1224In the summer of 1776, the world was changed forever with the firstreading of the words:
We hold these truths to be self-evident that all menare created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights; that amongthese are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
These words, so eloquently written by Thomas Jefferson in the Declarationof Independence, set in motion a series of events known as the AmericanRevolution, which forever altered the geo-political landscape. Oh, it took afew decades for liberty to take hold and a hundred and fifty years for the United States to assertitself onto the world stage, but those 35 simple words sowed the seeds of freedom that havebeen bearing fruit for more than a hundred and thirty years. The sad reality is that our nation, so proud and strong after assisting the Allied Forces in riddingthe world of the evil Axis in World War 2, has, over the last sixty years, drifted far from Mr. Jefferson’s ideal and set in motion a very different series of events that are sure to once againchange the landscape of the world. Unfortunately, this time, the change is for worse rather thanbetter.Read again those powerful words, “We hold these truths to be
…” meaning, they arebeyond debate. Our culture no longer believes in absolute Truth, but has succumbed to theseductive voice of moral relativism. No standards of morality; no plumb line for human decency,we have slipped our moorings and are adrift on the wild and treacherous seas of moral decay. Truth is seen through the lens of personal preference and independent ideology. We celebratewhat once was viewed as evil and decry what was good.But read on. The undeniable truth is that “all men are
equal, that they are endowed bytheir
with certain unalienable Rights.” The concept of a divine Creator has become thepunch-line at cocktail parties. For those in the halls of power, be they legislators or educators,creation has been marginalized, fit for the unsophisticated or uneducated mind. Jefferson isarguing that the divine design of the human race is the very cornerstone of our liberty; that Godhas ordained these human rights. Imagine his masterful words relegated to insignificance by thepseudo-intellectual.One of my favorite stories took place at the first White House dinner honoring Nobel Prizewinners in the early 60s. President John F. Kennedy stood before the austere gathering of geniusand declared, “This is perhaps the greatest collection of minds ever to dine at the White House…with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone.” Such was the respect forthis man who, without doubt, was one of the greatest intellects of his or
generation. Whostands worthy to trivialize Jefferson’s argument?