The Paradox of Our Time;

Sometimes I read things that really hit me, this is one of those pieces:

“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 it less.

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

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

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, yet still have trouble crossing the street to meet our 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; have higher incomes, but lower morals; more food, and less appeasement. We build more computers to hold more information to produce more copies than ever, but have less and less communication. We’ve become long on quantity, but short on quality.

These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion; tall men, and short characters; steep profits, and shallow relationships. These are the times of world peace, but domestic warfare; more leisure, but less fun; more food, and less nutrition. These are the days of two incomes, but more divorce; of fancier houses, but broken homes. 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 is a time when there is much in the show window and nothing in the stockroom; a time when technology has brought this letter to you, and a time when you can choose either to make a difference, or just to hit delete…”

– Dr. Bob Moorehead


4 thoughts on “The Paradox of Our Time;

  1. Very thought provoking. This is essentially what I think about every day. I want to do something in my life that feels worthwhile, like it has meaning. Working in fashion (as I still do in a sense today) is not something that I feel has meaning, not in the sense that it brings any type of positive change to the world, or helps people in any way. And therefore I struggle to see any real depth to, or point with my work. I’m constantly thinking “What am I contributing with my life by doing this?” I’m struggling to find something in life that feels like something I can be happy doing, that at the same time feels like something with meaning. There’s too much worthless, meaningless activity going on these days, not to mention all the negative activity.

  2. Oh Anna – I can see how your mind ticks and works I swear as we’re very similar. Having done a lot of ‘desk jobs’ I read this for the first time a year or two ago as it did the round through emails…and it has the same affect on me now as it did then – it really does stop you in your tracks, re evaluate where you’re at, what you’re doing and if your life is cluttered with ‘stuff’ and if you’re living the life you want (that’s what it does for me anyway). Travelling has certainly slowed me down. And we’re only a week in so I am excited to see how much more change is to come by December. I think his words should be read by everyone though so it’s great you shared it xx

    • It’s crazy how long this has been relevant for! I just want to print this out and make sure I live my life in the best way possible….now if only there was a send all button for the world!

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