America, We Have A Problem: Our Patriotism is the Sweet Frosting of a Favorite Dessert, But There is Something Disturbingly Wrong with the Bite of Cake Underneath

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Just released study of a survey conducted on Independence Day 2005 reveals a dark shadow of perspective cast while basking in the bright light of patriotism

Sacramento, CA (PRWEB) July 26, 2005 – Visionary orator and author Brian Roat surveyed more that 450 of the 1,600 waiting visitors at the opening of the Declaration of Independence exhibit at the California Museum of History in downtown Sacramento on Fourth of July 2005.

The most staggering insight came from a question asking survey respondents to, as they perceived the state of things, “Rank Order 1-4 Which More Closely Reflects the Attitude and Tone Across America: (1=Most reflects the Widespread Tone and Attitude; 4=Least reflects the General Tone and Attitude).” The intent was to determine how Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness, the three unalienable rights articulated in the Declaration of Independence document they were there to see that day, stacked up against other word clusters that kept coming up in subjective informal interviews.

As to the perceived overall attitude and tone across America, respondents indicated on a rank order from 1 (highest) to 4 (lowest) that “Work, Money, and the Pursuit of Stuff and Things” (1.58) is most prevalent; followed by “Drama, Quick-Fix, and the Pursuit of Gratification” (2.41), closely scored with “Greed, Selfishness, and the Pursuit of Control and Power” (2.59) in the mid-range; with a dismal showing for our Country’s core organizing principles of “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness” scoring a weak and disappointing presence (3.21).

Further results from the survey found that:

  • 79.95% ‘agree’ that, “In a country founded on the hallowed ideals of Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness, it is about time we define what that really means, how it works, and how to improve it for more of ‘We the People’!”
  • 65.64% say ‘yes’ that we, “Have left our common ground” as a country.
  • 80.61% ‘agree’ that, “We all know something has fundamentally gone awry, though we have not been able to put our finger on it. There must be more meaningful, purposeful, and fulfilling dimensions that have become lost in the Modern Era.”
  • 76.72% indicated with ‘yes’ that they, “Believe we need to rekindle the broken Spirit of 1776.”
  • 86.12% indicated with ‘yes’ that they, “Believe we need to renew the Essence of America.”
  • 82% indicated with ‘yes’ that they, “Believe we need to help more of ‘We the People’ to be better at engaging Life in their Pursuit of Happiness.”
  • 72% of the respondents say ‘yes’ they, “Would join and participate in a National New Year’s Resolution in 2006 to Rekindle the Spirit of 1776 and Renew the Essence of America; to enhance (their) quality-of-Life and empower (their) Pursuit of Happiness.”

The researcher, author, and publisher of the study now endeavors to expand the scope and context of the investigation to test and validate conclusions in different settings, geographies, and demographics. For additional information and interview contact Brian Roat. An executive summary and additional graphics are available at: http://www.pursuitofhappiness.com/FourthOfJuly2005.html - a copy of the research document is available upon request.

About the Researcher:

Brian Roat is the recent author of Engaging LIFE! In Your Pursuit of Happiness… Living the Essence of America (published by AuthorHouse; http://www.engaginglife.com). He has an MBA specializing in Human Resource Management; with more than a decade in adult training and development, and half-dozen years in people systems architecture focused on knowledge worker productivity innovations. He co-authored a national study exploring "The Attitudes and Behavioral Styles of Top Financial Advisors." He has owned http://www.pursuitofhappiness.com since 1998 and http://www.pursuitofhappiness.tv since 2001.

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