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Life, Liberty And The Pursuit Of Happiness

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In June of 1776 Thomas Jefferson began to draft The Declaration of independence. He completed it and had it signed on June 28, 1779. A very famous line from this document would have to be “life, liberty and pursuit of happiness.” (Thomas Jefferson, The Declaration of Independence, June 28, 1776) Today we can see that those rights are not exactly being protected. It is evident through the everyday killings, the people being locked up due to non violent crimes and how most people aren’t happy with their current lifestyle. Today teens are getting abortions left and right because they lay around, getting pregnant, then figure they can just get rid of the baby. Teens are shooting each ...view middle of the document...

” This is the god given right that every individual is born with to ensure that every citizen has an equal opportunity in life to achieve greatness. The saying “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” (Thomas Jefferson, The Declaration of Independence, June 28, 1776) pretty much means we have the right to be free within society from oppressive restrictions imposed by authority on ones way of life, behavior or political views and we can live according to what make us happy. Sadly in this day and age people care less and less about this human right and it has become a major issue. People take others life and liberties every day; its commonplace to see people unhappy because they have are stuck in jobs they hate and have to live in a low class neighborhood because jobs wouldn’t hire them because of the color of their skin or their racial, religious or social background. I’m going to break down the three parts that makes up “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” (Thomas Jefferson, The Declaration of Independence, June 28, 1776) and explain how each right is being blatantly disregarded and disrespected.
Life
Life is what holds this world together with flavor, without life the world would be a big barren ball of water land and oxygen. In my opinion there is no real definition to life, it’s just the day by day actions that we make, learning and acting on what we learned through previous experiences. It would be impossible to even consider liberty or pursuing happiness unless we first establish life. To me life is the most important right anyone can have and no one should be able to take that away from anyone; yet every time the news comes on we see people killing each other in war, terrorism, gang violence and even neglect.
There is a big issue going on today pertaining to abortions; the deliberate act of taking the life of an unborn baby. That baby has the same right to be born just as any other person had when they were a fetus. People think it would be better for their child if they abort the baby so they wouldn’t have to grow up in a poverty stricken home or in a homeless family. So I thought to myself ‘if I were to go in a ghetto, project or a family in deep poverty how many of the children would say they would have rather be aborted than to live in their current condition?’ I’m quite sure that survey would come back, the majority if not all, negative.
There is also the matter of the high murder rates due to gang violence and just plain petty crimes gone wrong. As the generation gets older and morals sink more and more, the time in which we live gets worse and worse. It’s nothing less than common to hear gun shots throughout the day. When we turn on the news it always a story about how someone shooting up a movie theater or a school. People have no respect for life. With any problem that takes place either big...

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