pursuit of happiness

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Kristen Walsh Professor Ulricksen Utopian Visions March 3, 2010 The Commonwealth of Oceana and A System of Politics During our discussions of Harrington’s The Commonwealth of Oceana and A System of Politics , the idea of the noble lie came about. Since this conversation I have been contemplating what this really means and how to attain happiness in a world that is full of discontentment and disappointment. I have found that happiness is said to mean, “A feeling that of being more satisfied or content than "happy" in its strict bursting-with-glee sense. It has depth and deliberation to it. It encompasses living a meaningful life, utilizing your gifts and your time, living with thought and purpose (Diener, Who is Happy?, 1995).” It is believed that the American Dream will bring these feelings of happiness; however, I have come to learn from Harrington that this is unlikely because we strive for wealth instead of stability. This idealistic dream of owning property, having a family, and being successful has always had a substantial material base. Concepts such as equality, freedom, and individual dignity were significant in themselves, but they took on deliberate meaning for most people in certain, often materialistic, ways. If every average American was promised to live a life in which he or she could strive for success, then a substantial improvement in his or her economic
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This note was uploaded on 05/06/2010 for the course POLSC 400 taught by Professor Fowler during the Spring '06 term at Roger Williams.

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