Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness
by Michael Tubbert
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” This is the second sentence in the Preamble to our Declaration of Independence. It is the central principle upon which the whole of our Constitution is based. These values on life and individual freedom and liberty are the foundation that makes the United States of America the greatest among nations.
Within a period of 24 hours, I received two videos; one from my Aunt Beth, the other from my father. Initially the videos are seemingly unrelated, but if there’s one thing my mind likes to do, it is to make connections.
It may seem out of order, but I am going to start with the second of the two videos. This video, sent to me by my Aunt Beth, is a portion of a Fort Worth, TX city council meeting. One of the councilmen used his allotted time to comment on the recent focus on teen suicide rates, especially among the LGBT youth, and to share his own story.
I am a technology nut: I’ve literally spent my entire life around computers, having learned to read at the age of 4 operating a Commodore 64. Or so the story goes from my mother. Yet, I seem to be slow in adopting trends. I didn’t even bother to activate texting on my smartphone until about three years ago. I figured: it’s a cell phone; you pay for the freedom to call and talk at any time. What’s the point? Yes, I’ve learned the error of my ways.