Tuesday, July 26, 2016
In The Declaration, What Came First? God and the Natural Law or the Pursuit of Happiness? By Larry Peterson
Let me clarify something; The words, Pursuit of Happiness, are the last three words of the first sentence in the SECOND paragraph of the Declaration. The first paragraph and following sentence read as follows:
"When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them to another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to separation.
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."
It seems that 240 years later in 2016 the Pursuit of Happiness has become the rallying cry for a relativistic society in which everyone who wants their own way screams "I am entitled to my Pursuit of Happiness." The words used in the Declaration -- God, Creator and Natural Law -- are not mine. They come from a man much smarter than I could ever hope to be. How come those words are never mentioned when demanding the Pursuit of Happiness? They are not mentioned because it is an impossibility for the Pursuit of Happiness to trump the Natural Law as given by God the Creator.
There are many who hate these words today. They hate them because they interfere with their personal wants and desires. But there are many more who hold them in high esteem. These Americans deserve the Pursuit of Happiness also.
Larry is a Catholic/Christian blogger and posts commentary weekly. His work has appeared in such publications as Zenit from Rome, Aleteia, New Evangelists, Top Catholic Blogs, Big Pulpit, Catholic365.com and others.
His latest novel, "The Demons of Abadon", is a journey into the paranormal where Good is attacked by Evil culminating in an all out battle during "The Great Festival of Torment". This novel became available April 12 of 2016.
Larry belongs to the Catholic Writer’s Guild, The Catholic Writer’s Society, The Knights of Columbus, and the St. Vincent de Paul Society. He has been an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion for over twenty years bringing communion to the homebound and hospitalized.
He lives in Pinellas Park, Florida and his kids and six grandchildren all live within three miles of each other. His first wife died of cancer in 2003. He remarried four years later and is now the primary caregiver for his wife, Martha, who has Non-Hodgins Lymphoma since 2011 and came down with Alzheimer's Disease in 2012.
The writer says, "God has me where he needs me and I try my best to make Him proud."
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