Common Good & Pursuit of Happiness

Majority Rule

Common Good: In our democracy, all citizens need to work together to do good things for the whole community. For example, workers pay taxes so everyone can go to schools, so everyone can be protected by fire fighters, so everyone can enjoy parks and public pools. At school, you have rules that protect everyone, like returning books to the library, and no throwing food at lunch. We all do many things each day to help others.

Pursuit of Happiness: A democracy lets all people try to find happiness, so long as they are not breaking laws or harming others. That’s called pursuit of happiness. For example, you may listen to your radio while you play basketball if it makes you happy. But you must not play your radio so loudly that it disturbs others.

View the next cartoon and see who is pursuing their own happiness.


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