“The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.” – Benjamin Franklin

George Caleb Bingham

Link: Troubling Habits of Unhappy People

11 responses to ““The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.” – Benjamin Franklin”

    • I think Constitutions are only as good as the people in the country and government. Corruption breeds chaos and despair (a part of human nature). The American founders wrote with an understanding that all people were flawed and a few said without a strong sense of morality the Constitution and the nation were doomed to failure. maybe that’s playing itself out now. We’ll see.

      Hope you are well, Ben.

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      • Does it ever work? And by work what do you mean? Life is sloppy at best. Even today it’s pretty clear that a lot of people bused to events as agitators don’t really understand why they’re there. Or at best have a less than accurate sense of history.

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      • My French Rev history knowledge is pretty limited, but it was a mess wasn’t it? I read recently that the French were fighting for an ideal while the Americans were fighting against what they saw as a concrete infringement on their rights as part of the British empire (taxation without representation etc).

        My ancestors came to America in the 1630’s. I have no idea if they were political–I do know much of their time was spent clearing trees to make roads into Massachusetts (where they participated at Lexington and Concord). Random info I like mentioning 🙂

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      • Honestly, there are two big differences I see. France had great generals and novice politicians while the Americans had novice generals and at least two master politicians in Franklin and Washington.

        Second, the French had nearly universal suffrage while the Americans were very careful to exclude the poor and the slaves, ie, all the people who had reason to resent the new republic.


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