The unhappiness of happiness
Patriotism might be holding America back. Thomas Jefferson’s "pursuit of happiness" is still deeply ingrained in the USA’s cultural aspirations, but can it truly be gained in a modern era? William M. Chace — honorary professor of English at Stanford University — explores the complexities of this famous definition. In this elaborate analysis of American identity, he argues that although another core value may have pushed hopeful aspirations aside, a more philosophical approach to happiness is as important as ever.
From The Hedgehog Review