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The Paradox of Our Times

Today we have bigger houses and smaller families
More conveniences, but less time

We have more degrees, but less common sense
More knowledge, but less judgment
We have more experts, and more problems, more medicine, but less wellness.

We spend too recklessly, laugh too little
Drive too fast, get angry far too quickly
Stay up late, get up too tired
Read too little, watch T.V. too often
And pray too seldom.

We have multiplied our possessions, but have reduced our values
We talk too much, love too little, and lie too ofen

We have learned how to make a living, but not a life
We have added years to life,
Not life to years.

We have taller buildings, but shorter tempers
Wider freeways, but narrow viewpoints
We spend more, but have less; we buy more, and enjoy less.

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 have split the atom, but not our prejudice

We write more, but learn less
Plan more, but accomplish less
We’ve learned to rush, but not to want
We have higher incomes, but lower morals

We build more computers to hold more information
To produce more copies, but communicate less
We are long on quantity, but short on quality

These are the times of fast food, and slow digestion
Tall men, and short character
Steep profits and shallow relationships
More leisure and less fun

More kinds of food, but less nutrition
Two incomes, but more divorce
Fancier houses, but more broken homes

That’s why I propose, that as of today
You do not keep anything for a special occasion
Because everyday that you live is a special occasion

Search for knowledge, read more
Sit on the porch and admire the view
Without paying attention to your needs

Spend more time with your family and friends
Eat your favorite foods and
Visit the places you love

Enjoyment is life as a chain of moments
Not long drawn out survival
Remove from your vocabulary phrases like
” One of these days” and “Someday”

Let’s tell our families and friends how much we love them.
Do not delay anything that adds laughter and joy to your life

Everyday, every hour, and every minute is special.
And you do it knowing that it could be your last…

Just think… one of these days you may not be here to do any of the above!

Author – Octavian Paler