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Pursue Happiness Essay

I believe in life. I believe in treasuring it as a mystery that will never be fully understood, as a sanctity that should never be destroyed, as an invitation to experience now what can only be remembered tomorrow. I believe in its indivisibility, in the intimate connection between the newest bud of spring and the flicker in the eye of a patient near death, between the athlete in his prime and the quadriplegic vet, between the fetus in the womb and the mother who bears another life in her own body.

I believe in liberty. I believe that within every soul lies the capacity to reach for its own good, that within every physical body there endures an unalienable right to be free from coercion. I believe in a system of government that places that liberty at the center of its concerns, that enforces the law solely to protect that freedom, that sides with the individual against the claims of family and tribe and church and nation, that sees innocence before guilt and dignity before stigma. I believe in the right to own property, to maintain it against the benign suffocation of a government that would tax more and more of it away. I believe in freedom of speech and of contract, the right to offend and blaspheme, as well as the right to convert and bear witness. I believe that these freedoms are connected — the freedom of the fundamentalist and the atheist, the female and the male, the black and the Asian, the gay and the straight.

I believe in the pursuit of happiness. Not its attainment, nor its final definition, but its pursuit. I believe in the journey, not the arrival; in conversation, not monologues; in multiple questions rather than any single answer. I believe in the struggle to remake ourselves and challenge each other in the spirit of eternal forgiveness, in the awareness that none of us knows for sure what happiness truly is, but each of us knows the imperative to keep searching. I believe in the possibility of surprising joy, of serenity through pain, of homecoming through exile.

And I believe in a country that enshrines each of these three things, a country that promises nothing but the promise of being more fully human, and never guarantees its success. In that constant failure to arrive — implied at the very beginning — lies the possibility of a permanently fresh start, an old newness, a way of revitalizing ourselves and our civilization in ways few foresaw and one day many will forget. But the point is now. And the place is America.

Andrew Sullivan was born in England and educated at Oxford and Harvard. At age 27, he became editor of The New Republic, a position he held for five years. As a writer, commentator and blogger, Sullivan addresses political and social issues, and advocates for gay rights.

Independently produced for NPR by Jay Allison and Dan Gediman with John Gregory and Viki Merrick. Edited by Ellen Silva.

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Pursuit of Happyness: Narrative Essay

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Pursuit of Happyness: Narrative Essay The movie Pursuit of Happyness shows how a person became a homeless then eventually how he survived from being a homeless. Then, to being a multi millionaire. Even though he experienced how hard life can be he still pursued to reach his goals in his life for his son. This movie shows how a homeless person stand up and pursue to be successful. Throughout the movie, the filmmakers showed a how a family struggle from their daily lives'. One example from the movie is when Linda, Chris's girlfriend and mother of Christopher decided to leave San Francisco and go to New York for a better job. This scene shows how difficult is their situation that Linda would leave her family to look for a better life.…show more content…

That means Chris's family is in a verge of surviving for their daily living since he can't even sell one of his scanner anymore. Then the filmmakers created this movies to show to everyone how you can pursue your goals even though there are obstacles that we need to pass. In our life's there is a way to achieve whatever we want. Like what Chris Gardner said to his son in the movie, "You got a dream go get it" and "You want something go get it." This words from him shows that a words can be an instrument and can be very influential when a person is very eager to pursue a very high dream. Through this words any person can try achieved his/her goals to succeed. From this they want to show everyone can be successful even though you started in the bottom you can also dream high as you want. Then, after that you can pursue it. Dream is another way we can think of to dream so high that these dreams will eventually help us pursue things in our life. Since it's free to dream make a lot of dreaming for your life. Throughout the movie the organization of it was effective and clearly. As from the start it shows where the setting of the movie because its has a caption from the start; San Francisco 1981. To this caption I know that the setting was from San Francisco. Also, I saw the San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge from the background. I saw the bridge from the scene when Chris and his son was taking question at each other. One of Chris questions

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