Happy Friday y’all! I came across this poem/essay in my email from over a year ago, and thought it made for a great way to end the week :) If you haven’t stopped in a while to consider the path you’re on, now’s a great chance to do so!
Thanks to my boy Andy for sending this over:
THE PARADOX OF OUR TIME
We have taller buildings, but shorter tempers
Wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints
We spend more, but we have less.
We have bigger houses, but smaller families
More conveniences, but less time.
We have more degrees, but less sense
More knowledge, but less judgement
More experts, but more problems
More medicines, but less wellness.
We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values.
We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often
We have learnt how to make a living, but not a life.
We have added years to life, but not life to years.
We’ve been all the way to the moon and back
But have trouble crossing the street to meet the new neighbour.
We have conquered outer space, but not inner space.
We’ve cleaned up the air, but polluted our soul.
We’ve split the atom, but not our prejudice.
We’ve higher incomes, but lower morals.
We’ve become long on quantity but short on quality.
These are the times of tall men, and short character;
Steep profits, and shallow relationships.
These are the times of world peace, but domestic warfare,
More leisure, but less fun; more kinds of food, but less nutrition.
These are the days of two incomes, but more divorces;
Of fancier houses, but broken homes.
It is a time when there is much in the show window, and nothing in the stockroom.
A time when technology can bring this letter to you
And a time when you can choose
Either to make a difference …. or just hit delete.
[Rumor has it that everyone from George Carlin to the Dalai Lama has written this, but according to Snopes the real author is former pastor Dr. Bob Moorehead. Who wrote it for his sermons and radio broadcasts under the title, “The Paradox of Our Age”. Good stuff to think about!]
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