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“Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.”
“Excellence is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, and intelligent execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives – choice, not chance, determines your destiny.”
“An education obtained with money is worse than no education at all.”
“Whom do I call educated? First, those who manage well the circumstances they encounter day by day. Next, those who are decent and honorable in their intercourse with all men, bearing easily and good naturedly what is offensive in others and being as agreeable and reasonable to their associates as is humanly possible to be… those who hold their pleasures always under control and are not ultimately overcome by their misfortunes… those who are not spoiled by their successes, who do not desert their true selves but hold their ground steadfastly as wise and sober — minded men.”
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.
Campuschat features an article by Jon Fitzgerald.
To dream the impossible dream
To fight the unbeatable foe
To bear with unbearable sorrow
To run where the brave dare not goTo right the unrightable wrong
To love pure and chaste from afar
To try when your arms are too weary
To reach the unreachable starThis is my quest, to follow that star
No matter how hopeless, no matter how far
To fight for the right
Without question or pause
To be willing to march
Into hell for a heavenly causeAnd I know if I’ll only be true
To this glorious quest
That my heart will lay peaceful and calm
When I’m laid to my restAnd the world will be better for this
That one man scorned and covered with scars
Still strove with his last ounce of courage
To fight the unbeatable foe
To reach the unreachable star.