We & the paradox
P K Routray
We have taller buildings, but shorter tempers;
wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints.
spend more, but have less;
buy more, but enjoy it less.
have bigger houses and smaller families;
more conveniences, but less time.
have more degrees but less sense;
more knowledge, but less judgment;
more experts, yet more problems;
more medicine, but less wellness.
drink too much, smoke too much,
spend too recklessly, laugh too little,
drive too fast, get too angry too quickly,
stay up too late, get up too tired,
read too little, watch TV too much,
and pray too seldom.
multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. too much,
love too seldom and hate too often.
learned how to make a living, but not a life.
added years to life, not life to years.
all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet the new neighbor.
conquered outer space, but not inner space.
done larger things, but not better things.
cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul.
split the atom, but not our prejudice.
write more, but learn less.
plan more, but accomplish less.
learned to rush, but not to wait.
build more computers to hold more information, to produce more copies than ever, but communicate less and less.
invented many fast foods and slow digestion;
big men, and small character;
steep profits, and shallow relationships.
These are days of two incomes, but more divorce; fancier houses, but broken homes. These
It is a time when there is much in the show window and nothing in the stockroom.