Paradoxes and Glib Contrasts
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From: Peter Langston <psl>
Date: Mon, 3 May 99 11:27:41 -0700
Subject: Paradoxes and Glib Contrasts
[Good advice is easy to recognize, but only in retrospect. That's why "you
can't tell young people anything." I must be an old fogey; I recognized the
wisdom of the first three sentences right away, but I'm not old enough to
think the rest is more than just cleverly smarmy. How about you? -psl]
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Work like you don't need money.
Love like you've never been hurt.
And dance like no one's watching.
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 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
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 cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul. We've
split the atom, but not our prejudice. We have higher incomes, but
lower morals. We've become long on quantity, but short on quality.
These are the times of 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.
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 make a difference, or to just
forget this note....
© 1999 Peter Langston