Where the Declaration of Independence went wrong

The first sentence of the second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence reads as follows: 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. This set the tone and framework for a new country that would be like none other in history when the thirteen colonies declared their independence on July 4, 1776 from Great Britain.  In those seven words, a tone was set that unfortunately opened up possibilities with detrimental unintended consequences. "Pursuit of life, liberty and happiness" should have read, "the pursuit of truth, character, virtue and charity."  Happiness is totally subjective, based primarily on egoism and individualism, whereas truth, virtue, and charity all focus on honesty and doing the right thing toward others rather than oneself.  Character focuses on...(Read Full Post)

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