May 11, 2009

Paradox of Our Time

A Columbia High School student wrote this.

The paradox of our time in history is that:

• We have taller buildings, but shorter tempers;
• Wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints;
• We spend more, but enjoy it less.
• We have bigger houses and 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 medicine, but less wellness;
• We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values.
• We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often.
• We’ve learned how to make a living, but not a life;
• We’ve 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’ve 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 have 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 divorce;
• 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.