My friend David passes along an interesting little tidbit on the phrase “the pursuit of happiness” related to my post here. He writes:
“During the times of the Founding Fathers, the pursuit of a something meant to practice. There was the pursuit of law or the pursuit of medicine, for example. The pursuit of happiness didn’t necessarily equate to ‘chasing after’.”
He also shares a link to a 1964 The William & Mary Quarterly piece by Arthur M. Schlesinger called The Lost Meaning of “The Pursuit of Happiness”. Interesting stuff, indeed.