(PRWEB) July 26, 2005
Sacramento, CA (PRWEB) July 26, 2005 Â 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, ÂRank 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).Â 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 ÂWork, Money, and the Pursuit of Stuff and ThingsÂ (1.58) is most prevalent; followed by ÂDrama, Quick-Fix, and the Pursuit of GratificationÂ (2.41), closely scored with ÂGreed, Selfishness, and the Pursuit of Control and PowerÂ (2.59) in the mid-range; with a dismal showing for our CountryÂs core organizing principles of ÂLife, Liberty, and the Pursuit of HappinessÂ scoring a weak and disappointing presence (3.21).
Further results from the survey found that:
- 79.95% ÂagreeÂ that, ÂIn 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 ÂWe the PeopleÂ!Â
- 65.64% say ÂyesÂ that we, ÂHave left our common groundÂ as a country.
- 80.61% ÂagreeÂ that, ÂWe 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.Â
- 76.72% indicated with ÂyesÂ that they, ÂBelieve we need to rekindle the broken Spirit of 1776.Â
- 86.12% indicated with ÂyesÂ that they, ÂBelieve we need to renew the Essence of America.Â
- 82% indicated with ÂyesÂ that they, ÂBelieve we need to help more of ÂWe the PeopleÂ to be better at engaging Life in their Pursuit of Happiness.Â
- 72% of the respondents say ÂyesÂ they, ÂWould join and participate in a National New YearÂs 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.Â
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 HappinessÂ 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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