This was an email I received several years ago and thought I would share it here with you:
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 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 have higher incomes, but lower morals; we have more food, but less appeasement; we build more computers to hold more information to produce more copies than ever, but have 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 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 has brought this letter to you, and a time when you can choose either to make a difference, or to just hit "Skip Ahead"...
Remember, to spend some time with your loved ones, because they
are not going to be around forever. Remember, say a kind word to someone
who looks up to you in awe, because that little person soon will grow
up and leave your side.
Remember, to give a warm hug to the one
next to you, because that is the only treasure you can give with your
heart and it doesn't cost a cent.
Remember, to say, "I love you"
to your partner and your loved ones, but most of all mean it. A kiss and
an embrace will mend hurt when it comes from deep inside of you.
to hold hands and cherish the moment for someday that person might not
be there again. Give time to love, give time to speak! And give time to
share the precious thoughts in your mind.”
—Dr. Bob Moorehead
This post describes exactly what I see now that I look around, that the gain we think we have acquired in to many areas to list is really just setting us back.ReplyDelete
I sensed that you needed to be there for your kids. Hope the information I emailed is helpful at some point. In the meantime, take care.
People are living longer lives, with more choices in them. When I imagin living 200 years ago my first thought is to toilets (modern toilets didn't catch on untill the 1880s when Thomas Crapper's company recieved a royal warrent for them, hense the name Crapper as another name for toilet, however this is not where we get the word crap from). Can you really imagin having to walk out into the could every morning to use an outhouse?ReplyDelete
I've done it, and it isn't fun. But I suppose it is typical of Christians to look back to a better time, as their messiah has come and gone, were as as a Jew we look forward to the messianic age yet to come.
However, I will leave you with this: http://aphilosopherrambles.intellectualelite.com/?p=77#comment-141
Considering your stances on abortion and the growing promance of Levitt's work, I think you'll really enjoy that little comment I made.
Finally, a post I can totally agree with. Good post!ReplyDelete
While I do agree with Jim, the worst part about the outhouse wasn't the cold, it was the Sears catalog, or its predecesor.ReplyDelete