Thursday, June 03, 2004

The Paradox of Our Times

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 have less
We buy more, but enjoy less.
We have bigger houses and smaller families
More conveniences, but less time
We have more degrees, but less sense
More knowledge, but less judgment
More experts, but more problems
More medicine, but less wellness.

We have multiplied our possessions
But reduced our values
We talk too much, love to seldom, hate too often
We learned how to make a living, but not a life
We’ve 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 streets to meet the new neighbor
We’ve conquered outer space, but not inner space
We’ve cleaned up the air, but polluted the 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 where there is much in the show window
And nothing in the stockroom
a time when technology can bring the letter to you
and a time when you can choose
Either to make a difference –
or just hit delete.

-Author Unknown-
(I must say a brilliant writer whoever he/she is)

1 comment:

HabitualDamnation said...

the author of this piece is george carlin, a very famous us comedian. and this poem is a very widely circulated poem in email rings. i knew you'd put it up someday.

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