PARADOX OF OUR TIME IN HISTORY
We have taller buildings but shorter tempers,
Wider freeways but narrower viewpoints,
We spend more but have less,
We buy more but enjoy less.
We have bigger houses and smaller families,
More convenience but less time.
We have bigger degrees but less sense
More knowledge but less judgement,
More experts, yet more problems,
More medicine but less wellness.
We drink too much, smoke too much,
Spend too recklessly, laugh too little.
Drive too fast, get too angry,
Stay up too late, get up too tired, read too little,
Watch too much TV and pray too seldom.
We have multiplied our possessions but reduced their value.
We talk too much, love to seldom and hate too often.
We’ve learned how to make a living but not a life,
We added years to life, not life to years.
We’ve been all the way to the moon and back,
But have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbour.
We conquered outer space but not inner space.
We’ve done larger things but not better things.
We’ve cleaned up the air but polluted the Soul,
We’ve conquered the atom but not our prejudices.
We write more but learn less,
We plan more but accomplish less,
We’ve learned to rush but not to wait,
We build more computers to hold more information, to produce more copies than ever
But we communicate less and less.
These are the times of fast food and slow digestion, big men and small character,
Steep profits and shallow relationships.
These are the days of two incomes but more divorces; fancier houses but broken homes.
These are the days of quick trips, disposable nappies, throwaway morality, one night stands, overweight bodies and medical pills that do everything from cheer, to quiet, to kill.
It is a time when there is much in the showroom window and nothing in the stockroom. A time when technology can bring this letter to you, and a time when you can choose whether to share this insight, or just forget about it..........
Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away.