― Cornel West, ‘Occupy Wall Street’
Let me take the liberty of explaining that happiness is not possible without first meeting other needs, those of food, water, shelter, warmth, rest, then safety, and security, followed by community, and accomplishment. With those basic needs satisfied, a person can pursue happiness.
It is possible to be happy, although hungry. It is possible to feel joy and pain simultaneously. Though, for the most part, lasting happiness comes when other needs are met first.
The Declaration of Independence acknowledges that citizens, along with their lives and liberty, are granted by God the right to pursue happiness.
Dr. West is saying, and I agree, that integral to each of our happy, rich lives, is everyone else's happiness. We are all in this together.