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Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit
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Copyright © 2009 by Richard A. Grossman, Ph.D.  ·  All Rights reserved  ·  E-Mail: ragrossman@voicelessness.com
a significant genetic component.  Most can find God, but some, because of the presence or absence of unspecified genes, cannot.  Of course, the drug companies are all over this. If they have their way, atheism will soon be classified as a psychiatric disorder.  The cure: 20 milligrams of an SFRI (selective faith re-uptake inhibitor).  Agnostics only need take 10 milligrams.

Money hasn’t worked for me as the point of life—although I haven’t made enough of it to do an adequate test from personal experience.  Money, however politically incorrect, does have one advantage:  after you die you can pass it on to your heirs……who are going to die.  Recently, I spoke to Dave, my best friend from high school.  Dave is a commercial real estate broker in Manhattan and has made a lot of money. For the first time since we have been adults, he sounded a little uneasy.  He said what he has accomplished professionally has no meaning.  He was wondering whether he should be volunteering his services somewhere.  I trust Dave.  Money is not the answer.

Perhaps our Founding Fathers had it right:  the point of life is the pursuit of happiness.  If this answer were viable, it would be wonderful.  Not only would it be good for the human psyche, the economy would keep rolling along—because all of us try to increase our happiness by buying things. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work.  Research reveals that people are born with a set happiness point.  Events such as winning the lottery, getting married, and buying the new BMW may increase happiness—but only for a short while.  Very quickly we return to our set happiness point.  That’s why I’m in favor of amending the Declaration of Independence to read “life, liberty, and the pursuit of meaning”.  Why should generation after generation waste their time pursuing happiness if we’re as happy as we’re ever going to be?

There’s a final answer, popular among evolutionary biologists.
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