The Paradox of Our Age

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The Paradox of Our Age

Post: #159099 TheGoodEarth
Tue Jun 30, 2009 1:14 pm

I was at Glastonbury at the weekend and came across this little ditty. I am sure many have heard this before but for those that haven't this is by the Dali Lama. It certainly srikes a note with me.

We have bigger houses but smaller families.
More convieniences, but less time.
We have more degrees but but less sense.
More knowledge but less judgement.
More experts but more problems.
More medicines but less healthiness.
We've been all the way to the moon and back,
but we have trouble crossing the street to meet the new neighbour.
We built more computers to hold more information,
but have less communication.
We have become long on quantity, but short on quality.
These are times of fast foods but slow digestion.
Tall man but short character.
Steep profits but shallow relationships.
It is a time when there is much in the window, but nothing in the room.


Can the wise 'ish peeps add to this?
No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery

John Headstrong

Re: The Paradox of Our Age

Post: #159107 John Headstrong
Tue Jun 30, 2009 2:32 pm

I like this, it is all true.

But it was not the version I know and the fact that the Dali Lamas is new to me (nice bloke that he is), first time I saw it it was a students work that had witnessed a murder


The Paradox of our Time

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;

We have 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 too angry too 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 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, 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 build more computers to hold more information to produce more copies than ever, but have less communication.

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, 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 can bring this letter to you, and a time when you can choose either to share this insight, or to just hit delete.


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Re: The Paradox of Our Age

Post: #159109 TheGoodEarth
Tue Jun 30, 2009 2:48 pm

Well well well, so the Dali Lama has ripped of some poor student! Would you believe it! Or someone at Glasto with a spiritual leaning has falsely attributed this to the good man himself. I found it in a bit of propoganda for a religious group called something like the 'twelve pillars', a community in Devon who live together and make bread all day.

Whoever wrote it, they certainly nailed it!
No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery


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