The (True) Pursuit of Happiness

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July 4, 2019 by directorfsm

Words matter. Definitions matter. Christians, of all people, should understand how much words and definitions, especially today, are being used to either affirm or deny reality, even shape our view of reality.

George Orwell, of course, understood the power of words. In fact, he so masterfully captured the notion in his novel “1984,”that today the intentional misuse of words is named after him: “Orwellian.” Think of abortion, for example: Is “abortion” an issue of “reproductive rights” or is it the “taking of an innocent life”?

Not every new use of words is intentional malpractice, of course. Words often change over time as our culture changes. Sometimes words will change because the culture has changed. Sometimes culture will change because words have changed.

Either way, imagine how much a word or a phrase can change over 250 years.

Here’s one: the word “happiness.” It’s part of the most memorable line in the Declaration of Independence. “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.”

Continued at Source: BreakPoint: The (True) Pursuit of Happiness

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