Reflect on the following questions, looking for connections between your theology and Ballou's. You may wish to write your reflections in your theology journal.
- Do you agree that all human actions are motivated by the desire for happiness?
- Ballou wrote, "[There is] no such thing as disinterested benevolence." Do you agree?
- What are the messages you have received or currently receive about the human right to happiness? Is this a counter-cultural notion?
- Ballou considered human happiness a God-given right. What is your own attitude toward human happiness? Does your attitude have a connection to your liberal faith? If so, what is it? If not, why not?