It was right then that I started thinking about Thomas Jefferson on the Declaration of Independence, and the part about our right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. And I remember thinking, how did he know to put the pursuit part in there?”
Chris, from The Pursuit of Happyness
Chasing the American Dream
There are many books, songs and movies about our struggles over adversity, in chasing the American dream. And, of course, we identify with these heroes. That’s why these stories are created, to connect with audiences. But it’s not hard to get lost in the irony of ‘Life Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness’ from ourDeclaration of Independence. Based on recent history, it’s obvious that not all our dreams are playing out as our forefathers had planned.
The Pursuit of Happyness
In this movie, life is a struggle for single father Chris Gardner (Will Smith). Having been evicted from their apartment, he and his young son (Jaden Smith) find themselves alone with no home. The pair lives in shelters and endures many hardships. Chris refuses to give in taking a new job that will change their lives.
The story is so far fetched, we probably wouldn’t believe it, if it wasn’t based on a true story. Even through the Hollywood polish, we are charmed by his dignity, his independence and the habitual optimism that drives his persona. Even in the darkest days, his power of intention carries him through.
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