Hannah Arendt On Pursuit Of Happiness

Hannah Arendt (October 14, 1906 – December 04, 1975)

 

Among the many surprises this country holds in store for its new citizens… there is the amazing discovery that the “pursuit of happiness,” which the Declaration of Independence asserted to be one of the inalienable human rights, has remained to this day considerably more than a meaningless phrase in the public and private life of the American Republic. To the extent that there is such a thing as the American frame of mind, it certainly has been deeply influenced, for better or worse, by this most elusive of human rights, which apparently entitles men, in the words of Howard Mumford Jones, to “the ghastly privilege of pursuing a phantom and embracing a delusion.”

🎂Happy Birthday Hannah Arendt  (October 14, 1906 – December 04, 1975) In Memoriam🌹