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An inspiring and enlightening conversation with Jacob Needleman. Thank you Krista.
The challenge for all peoples as well as Americans is an appreciation for history, knowledge, philosophy and religious thought. Needleman's comments in response to your request for a further elaboration of 'the pursuit of happiness' calls for a what he states as the development of conscience and its continuing process of self-examination.
Most people are not inclined to pursue that development. Most people are inclined toward what Needleman spoke of as 'ego gratification' and images of the 'good life' materialism.
Krista, thank you for your service and inclusiveness of many areas of thought, religions, philosophies, science and literature, music, etc. You are an infinitely precious soul.