Within the Declaration of Independence it says that we, as citizens of the U.S., have certain unalienable rights: Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. So does this mean that we all deserve to be happy? I agree that each person has the right to pursue happiness, but does it automatically mean that everyone deserves happiness simply because they live and breathe? What about those that don’t actively pursue it? What about those who do nothing to contribute to their own happiness? Do they deserve to be happy as much as those who seek out happiness every day?
Similarly, so many people know what they want out of life, but they fail in doing anything to actually achieving it. Just because you want something, doesn’t mean you deserve it. I think this applies in the same way as what’s discussed above. Happiness is as much a right as it is a privilege and I personally don’t feel that everyone deserves it. Whenever I say this people look at me like I’m completely cold-hearted, but my intention isn’t for only people I like to be happy and everyone else to burn in hell. I simply believe that people work hard for things they truly want and being happy should be no different.
There are those that constantly complain about life or work or their relationships and sit back and do nothing to change their predicament. Those people don’t deserve to be miserable, but they sure as hell don’t deserve to be happy simply because they happen to be alive, breathing and living in the States. The solution isn’t simple or easy, but the concept is basic: if you don’t like your life, change it; if your work is miserable, do something else; and if your relationship sucks, get out of it. Changes aren’t automatic, but taking little steps and being proactive in your pursuit of happiness will help you eventually get to where you want to be, where you deserve to be. Not just because of where you live, but because you actually earned it.
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