LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- I was off yesterday and read this in an essay from Pulitzer Prize winning author Marilynn Robinson:

"Everything we are asked to look at is abrupt, bright, loud in the visual sense of the word, especially the evening news.

"We are expected to react to it, not to consider it. It is addressed to our nervous systems, never to our minds" Okay, well, with that comment in mind, we present:

Craig's Twist 70: Thomas Jefferson and Me

The other day when we did the piece on how well we all know the Declaration of Independence, I was reminded of the problem I have with three little words, "Pursuit of happiness."

I know it sounds sacrilegious, but hear me out. I have a problem with the notion that we are pursuing something that will make us happy. That once we obtain it, we will then get happiness. In my life I have found it's the pursuit itself that makes you happy.

Example: For 40 years, I have been in pursuit of the Tonight Show. At 61, the odds are now against me. But, over the last 40 years, the pursuit has made me happy. The goals we reach, the mounted fish on the wall, the trophies we accumulate, all gather dust and are forgotten. They really don't make us as happy as the pursuit itself.

If I could go back in time I'd tap Thomas on the shoulder and say, "Hey, Mr. Jefferson, try it this way: Life, liberty and the happiness of a pursuit of something that is. At which point he would interrupt and say, 'Me thinks thou art quibbling. Now, if you'll excuse me, we're in pursuit of freedom from a tyrannical British monarchy.'"

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