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"There is only one good definition of God: the freedom that allows other freedoms to exist." John Fowles

Monday, July 31, 2006

"...and the pursuit of HAPPINESS"


When I first read the United States Declaraion of Indepedence, I was fascinated by this phrase.
In the endeavour to gain independence of Great Britain, the very first 13 American colonies to claim independence agreed upon this Declaration, which was composed by Thomas Jefferson, a latter president of the US.
Jefferson started the Declaration saying:


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.
That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed, that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these Ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its Foundation on such Principles, and organizing its Powers in such Form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. (source)

Throughout the history of the US, these values have been violated, starting from the genocide against Native Americans and racism against African Americans in the US itself. Somehow the US survived all that and became the sole super power on this planet only to pursue its imperial plans and support dictatorial regimes that serve its interests.
And now Ms. Rice is preaching a new made-in-the-USA Middle East, which is of course in the pursuit of our happiness.

I just wanted to declare how much happy we are indeed, as
the above picture shows.


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