"Pursuit of Happiness" really means 'no guarantee of happiness'?
(ironcat) “Who can define your happiness better than you?”
Well, gee, I don’t know. Evidently you think capitalists can define my happiness better than me through compulsory labor and the perpetual threat of punitive deprivation that is of course, unless I think I can discover happiness living naked in the boreal forest among the moose but I am of course ‘free’ to find happiness by compelling others to labor for my disproportionate benefit under the perpetual threat of punitive deprivation, so I do have options going for me, don’t I? It is swell and excellent that such egalitarians recognize my autonomy to define my own happiness, now if I can only pursue it without them so dependent on collecting a profit from my every breath…
Huh, funny you never mention compulsory labor and perpetual threat of punitive deprivation along with the rape, murder and theft. Is it really me for whom you want the government to ‘step aside’ or is it for you, you want the government to ‘step aside’ so you can carry out your pursuit of happiness with compulsory labor and perpetual threat of deprivation? (… and in addition, your proposition that “the government should step aside” sounds to me like you think you know how to define my happiness better than me.)
Right back atcha, ironcat. I never said I give a crap about you but you seem pretty preoccupied with my happiness, don’t you? You’ve got some pretty specific ideas about my potential for happiness and how it might occur, don’t you? Why is it that the fierce rugged individualist is always so preoccupied with everybody else, so sure about what everybody else ‘should’ and ‘should not’ do and most crucially, so dependent on everybody else to worry about his delicate fragile feelings and preserve his entitlement to profit? He who smelt it, dealt it. You said “SHOULD” and that means you think you know how to define happiness for everybody else and you think you know better. How ironic you would profess concern for my happiness with such presumptuous condescension and how revealing you would declare your independence with such obvious and desperate dependence on my accommodations.