The Paradox of Our Age
Reading at Kalaheo practice 11/30/2012
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 common sense;
More knowledge but less judgment;
More experts, but more problems;
More medicines but less wellness.
We’ve been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble in crossing the street to meet our new neighbor.
We talk too much, love too seldom and lie 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 built more computers to hold more copies than ever,
But have less real communication;
We have become long on quantity, but short on quality.
We’ve learned to rush, but not to wait.
We have more effort , but less success.
We’ve done larger things but not better things.
These are times of fast foods but slow digestion;
Tall men but short characters;
Steep profits but shallow relationships.
these are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throw away morality, one-night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that do everything from cheer, to quiet, to kill.
It’s a time when there is much in the show window
But nothing in the stockroom.
— the 14th Dalai Lama.