Sunday, August 28, 2011

The Paradox of Our New Millennium

We have taller buildings, but shorter tempers,
Wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints.
We spent more, but have less.
We but more, but enjoy it less.
We have bigger houses, but smaller families.
More conveniences, but less time.
We have more degrees, but less common sense,
More knowledge, but less judgment.
More experts, but more problems, 
More medicine but less wellness.

We spend too recklessly, laugh too little,
Drive too fast, get angry too quickly,
Stay up too late, get too tired.
Read too seldom, watch T.V. too much,
and pray too seldom.
We have multiplied our possessions,
but reduced our values.

We talk too much, love too seldom
And hate too often.
We learned how to make a living, but not a life.
We have 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 the new neighbor.

We have conquered outer space, but not inner space.
We have done larger things, but not better things.
We have cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul.
We have split the atom, but not our prejudice.
We have learned to rush, but not to wait.
We have higher incomes, but lower morals.
We have more acquaintances, but fewer friends.

We build computers to hold more information to produce more copies than ever,
but we have less communications.
We have become long on quantity, but short in quality.
These are the times of fast food and slow digestion.

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 divorce.
Of fancier houses, but broken homes.
These are the days of quick trips, disposable diapers,
throwaway morality, one-night stands, overweight bodies
and pills do everything from cheer, to quiet, to kill.

It is the time when there is much in the show window
and nothing in the stockroom.
It is the time when we know the price of everything 
and the value of nothing.

It is the time when technology can bring this message to you
and the time when you can choose either to make difference
or just throw it to the wind.

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