Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power, Author: Jon Meacham.
By Jon Meacham – The idea of the pursuit of happiness was ancient, yet until Philadelphia it had never been granted such pride of place in a new scheme of human government — a pride of place that put the governed, not the governors, at the center of the enterprise. Reflecting on the sources of the thinking embodied in the Declaration, Jefferson credited “the elementary books of public right, as Aristotle, Cicero, Locke, Sidney, & c.”
As with so many things, then, to understand the Declaration we have to start with Aristotle. “Happiness, then,” he wrote, “is … the end of action” — the whole point of life. more> http://tinyurl.com/kw56qnx
- Free to Be Happy (nation.time.com)