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What is the Pursuit of Happiness?
Volume 115, Program 55
5/3/2013

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What were our Forefathers thinking about when they included the pursuit of happiness as a foundational right in our Declaration of Independence? Join host Mike Farris as he talks about the concept of the pursuit of happiness with Sen. Rick Santorum. That’s today, on Home School Heartbeat.

Mike Farris: Senator, why do you think the Founders included the phrase, “the pursuit of happiness” in the list of unalienable rights from God that they wanted to secure?

Sen. Santorum: You know, that didn’t make any sense to me until a pastor in Iowa shared with me that happiness, at the time, was defined differently. They were talking about true happiness, and the Founders understood that true happiness only comes with doing what you are called to do by God—by doing things in consonant with your own nature—what truly can make you happy. Lasting, fulfilling happiness of a life well lived was, in fact, doing things in conformity with what God made you to do. And when we as a country, as we are today, are debating whether to throw that out—to throw out faith, and freedom of religion, and faith out of the public square, and God as any part of the public discourse, we’re throwing out the very soul of America—the very thing that made America different from any country in the world.

Mike: As you point out in American Patriots,true happiness results from doing what one ought to do, in obedience to God. Parents, you’ll find many examples here in this book to inspire your students to live up to this high calling. I’m Mike Farris.


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If you would like to learn about how ordinary people became American patriots by doing extraordinary things, you should read Senator Rick Santorum’s book, American Patriots.

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