Title

Happiness

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Campus where you would like to present

Ellensburg

Event Website

https://digitalcommons.cwu.edu/source

Start Date

18-5-2020

Abstract

From the times of Cyrus the Great, the founder of the Achaemenid Persian Empire in 549 BC to the Early Enlightenment period (1685-1730) when the British philosopher John Locke (1632-1704) lived, the concept of “happiness” has been linked to liberty and ideal governance. Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) read Cyropaedia and this book written by Xenophon around 370 BC was among his favorites. He also read works by John Locke and used ideas from both sources to write the Declaration of Independence. His wisdom to include “the pursuit of happiness” is a bold reminder that people have natural rights and it is the duty of the government to ensure the rights of the people are protected. Thus, pursuit of happiness and liberty go hand-in-hand.

Department/Program

Education

Additional Mentoring Department

https://cwu.studentopportunitycenter.com/2020/04/happiness/

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May 18th, 12:00 PM

Happiness

Ellensburg

From the times of Cyrus the Great, the founder of the Achaemenid Persian Empire in 549 BC to the Early Enlightenment period (1685-1730) when the British philosopher John Locke (1632-1704) lived, the concept of “happiness” has been linked to liberty and ideal governance. Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) read Cyropaedia and this book written by Xenophon around 370 BC was among his favorites. He also read works by John Locke and used ideas from both sources to write the Declaration of Independence. His wisdom to include “the pursuit of happiness” is a bold reminder that people have natural rights and it is the duty of the government to ensure the rights of the people are protected. Thus, pursuit of happiness and liberty go hand-in-hand.

https://digitalcommons.cwu.edu/source/2020/CEPS/3