We have taller buildings, but shorter tempers, wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints. We spend more, but have less, we buy more but enjoy 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 yet more problems, more medicines, but less wellness.
We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values, we talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often.
We have learned how to make a living, but not a life, added years to life and not life to years. We have been all the way to moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to greet a new neighbor.
We have conquered outer space, but not the inner one. We have gone larger, but not better. We have cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul, conquered the atom, but not our prejudices. We write more, communicate less, plan more, accomplish less.
These are the times of fast food, but slow digestion, big men, but small characters, steep profits, but shallow relationships.
These are the days of two incomes, more divorce, fancier houses, but broken homes.
We are into quick trips, throw away morality, overweight bodies and pills that do everything from cheer, to silence, to kill.
This is a time when there is much in the showroom window, but nothing in the stockroom. A time when technology can bring this letter to you, where you can choose to share this insight, or just hit delete…. Such are the paradoxes of our modern times.