chapter  7
11 Pages

The pursuit of happiness

ByAdam D. Kiš

When Thomas Jefferson penned the words of the Declaration of Independence, he didn't say that everyone has the right to happiness; he said that one of the unalienable rights of mankind is to pursue happiness. If one believes that happiness can be found through academic achievement, then she should be able to pursue dreams. Ironically, some individual dream-quashers in the world are themselves citizens or residents of countries with good systems in place to enable the pursuit of dreams. They are those who have grown up with privilege, but do not recognize it; they believe that all those not as prosperous as they must be lazy; they paint all the poor as leeches upon the hard work of others, and attempt to block those people's access to the same privileges they themselves enjoyed. Some countries and territories have excellent systems in place to allow dreamers to pursue their potential.