His research has focused on the American Civil War and Reconstruction, 19th-century American political/quantitative history, and the history of the southern United States. Baker has taught classes at George Fox as professor of history.
He also speaks frequently on the integration of faith and learning in the Christian university and he has a special interest in the works of C.
Based on the real life story of Chris Gardner, the Pursuit of Happyness looks at the crests and troughs in Chris’ life on his way to becoming a stock broker, and eventually as everyone knows, a multi-millionaire.
Lewis concludes that “if we establish a right to sexual happiness which supersedes all the ordinary rules of behavior, we do so not because of what our passion shows itself to be in experience but because of what it professes to be while we are in the grip of it.” What I find fascinating about this particular piece by Lewis is that he foresaw the development of a culture that would give priority to the “passions,” or what we might call today, the genetic tendencies of a person to behave in a particular way.
As American culture has expanded commitments to the pursuit of individual freedoms over the past 40 years, it has found it increasingly difficult to define new boundaries that are acceptable.
The wealthy capitalist is limited by the American tax code (at least in theory) in his or her ultimate pursuit of happiness through the acquisition of material possessions.
A man or woman is honored by society for bravery if he or she overcomes the “instinct” of self-preservation.Two scenes in the movie actually reflect this very well: first, when Chris gets a chance to impress his future employer, in 10 to 20 minutes on a cab ride.As the cab races to the destination, Chris struggles with the Rubik’s cube, turning it round and round desperately. In it, he writes about an emerging issue in culture and even offers thoughts on the American Declaration of Independence.In this short essay, Lewis takes on a growing concept in the West in the mid-20th century that human beings have a “right to sexual happiness.” In the essay, Lewis conveys that he is having a discussion with a female friend, Clare, who is convinced that men and women, even though they are married, have a basic right to separate from their spouse if they are no longer experiencing sexual fulfillment in the marriage relationship.Lewis disagrees with Clare, and he decides to examine the Declaration of Independence to discover what the American Founding Fathers meant when they agreed to accept the wording, “the pursuit of happiness.” Lewis suggests that they obviously did not mean that everyone could pursue happiness by any means available.People are limited by the Law of Nature and the laws that nations agree to sanction.Yes, the movie is supposed to focus on the struggles of the main protagonist as he chases what seems like a chimerical dream.However, every time you think that things are going to get better, they only get even worse for Chris.As Chris and his son move from one slump to another, you begin to wonder is there truly light at the end of the tunnel for this man?The movie starts off with Chris desperately trying to sell, with not too much luck, a bone density monitoring system.