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Paradox Pt 2: The Paradox of Our Age

Paradox of our age. Photo credit:
Paradox of our age. Photo credit:

This is the final part of my posts on the paradox of modern man. Most people credit the following poem to the Dalai Lama or George Carlin. However, a diligent person has traced its origin to Dr. Bob Moorehead, former pastor of Seattle’s Overlake Christian Church. Enjoy it!

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.


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The Paradox of the Modern Man

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Modern man is technologically advanced but morally regressed.

Questions mere trifles but passes over weightier matters.

Enjoys freedom from the physical chains of taskmasters but is enslaved by the chains of ethical ineptitude.

Is more entertained than his progenitors but suffers more depression than them all.

Claims to be richer than the former generations but is accumulating colossal debt that only the beautiful ones yet unborn can repay.

Celebrates those who stood on the shoulders of giants but wants to reinvent every wheel.

Claims to protect vulnerable children but funds organizations that dismember them for gain.

Eagerly signs anti-war petitions but doles out peace awards to sponsors of war and killings around the globe.

Speaks up to all authority on earth and thinks that the authority above will shudder at his voice too.

Rejects the laws of creation but wonders why his society is in self-destruct mode.

Observes the maintenance schedule with his car mechanic but discards the need for self-maintenance.

Modifies the instructions in his Owner’s manual to his own taste and complains that he is malfunctioning.

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