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Paradoxes of Our Time

The paradox of our time 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 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 judgment, more medicine, but less wellness.

We have more experts, yet more problems.

We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, drive too fast, get too angry too quickly, watch TV too much, stay up too late and get up too tired . . . while we smile too little, laugh too little, hug too little, read too little, and pray too little. 

We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values.

We talk too much and listen too little.

We 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 done larger things, but not better things.

We've cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul.

We've split the atom, but not our prejudice. 

We write more, but learn less. We plan more, but accomplish less.

We've learned to rush, but not to wait. 

We have higher incomes, but lower morals. 

We have more food, but less appeasement.

We build more computers to hold more information that we print on more paper than ever before. But we communicate less and connect less.

We've become long on quantity, but short on quality.

These are the times of fast foods 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 days of two incomes, but more divorce, of fancier houses, but broken homes.

These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers and throw away morality.

We have pills to grow hair, pills to stop allergies, pills to lose weight and pills to help sex. And we have parents who wonder why their children pop pills.

We have Health Maintenance Organizations that don't help the healthy maintain their health but tell the sickly what doctors they can't see.

It is a time when there is more in the show window and less in the stockroom.

It is a time when technology can click this to you, and a time when you can choose either to make a difference, or to just click on. 

 


George Carlin Did Not Write This

In Nov 1999 a polite visitor to my site wrote to tell me that George Carlin wrote this. I immediately began trying to confirm that. I couldn't.

Guess what. Turns out George Carlin did not write it. Check this out:
http://www.wired.com/news/culture/0,1284,34248,00.html

 

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