(This essay appeared under the title “The Paradox of Our Age” in Words Aptly Spoken, Dr. Moorehead, 1995)
The paradox of our times
Is that we have taller buildings, but shorter tempers.
Wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints.
We spend more, but we have less.
We buy more but enjoy it 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, yet more problems.
We have more gadgets, but less satisfaction.
More medicines, but less wellness.
We take more vitamins but see fewer results.
We drink too much; smoke too much; spend too recklessly; laugh too little; drive too fast; get too angry quickly; stay up too late; get up too tired; read too seldom; watch TV too much and pray too seldom.
We have multiplied our possessions but reduced our values.
We fly in faster planes to arrive there quicker, to do less and return sooner; we sign more contracts only to realize fewer profits.
We talk too much; love too seldom and lie 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 done larger things, but not better things.
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 make faster planes, but longer lines.
We learned to rush, but not to wait.
We have more weapons, but less peace; higher incomes, but lower morals; more parties, but less fun; more food, but less appeasement; more acquaintances, but fewer friends; more effort, but less success.
We build more computers to hold more information, to produce more copies than ever, but have less communication; drive smaller cars that have bigger problems; build larger factories that produce less.
We’ve become long on quantity but short on quality.
These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion; tall men, but short character; steep in profits, but shallow relationships.
These are times of world peace, but domestic warfare; more leisure and less fun; higher postage, but slower mail; more kinds of food, but less nutrition.
These are days of two incomes, but more divorces; these are times of fancier houses, but broken homes.
These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, cartridge living, thow-away morality, one-night stands, overweight bodies and pills that do everything from cheer, to prevent, quiet or kill.
It is a time when there is much in the show window and nothing in the stock room.
Indeed, these are the times!
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