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By Jason Jones, a senior contributor, The Stream, September 1, 2020

Jason Jones is a senior contributor to The Stream. He is a film producer, author, activist and human rights worker. You can follow him @JasonJonesShow.

Jason Scott JonesIf we aim at being good, we’ll be happy as a side-effect. If we grasp at happiness instead of goodness, we’ll end up with neither. That’s a deep truth of human nature. We can see it inscribed in everything, from the student who flatters the teacher (instead of seeking the truth) to the employee who forgets the mission and the customer (and clings to his job description). It’s those with their eyes on the stars whose path most often runs straight. It seems to be how God made us.

This maxim applies to political movements and parties too. Take those whose commitments begin with our duties to God, and our nature as incarnate persons. They tend to set up institutions where people can live free and happy. That’s why the mostly God-bothered Calvinist founders of the U.S. (with a few Deists in tow) created the most successful republic in the history of the world. By attuning themselves to the transcendent moral order, our founders managed to order this mundane one pretty well.  …

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