Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Opus 2011-116, Immortal Quotes: The Pursuit of Happiness

Most people are familiar with this part of the beginning of 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...”
Most people don’t know, but in the original draft, Thomas Jefferson had “life, liberty and property.”  This was because property was, and is, one of the important roads to prosperity and liberty.

Notice that is says our right is the “pursuit of happiness” not “happiness.”  Many people miss this.  Our modern culture seems to think that it can guarantee happiness.  Everyone should be happy.  Remember the song that went, “Don’t worry.  Be happy.”  No one can guarantee happiness but we can have a culture that allows us to pursue it, however we define it.

Happiness is largely up to you. 

So get it right.  Don’t expect someone else to do it for you. 

homo unius libri

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