Sunday, 30 June 2013

The Paradox of Our Time

We have taller buildings but shorter tempers; wider motorways but narrower viewpoints; we spend more but have less, we buy more but enjoy it less. We have bigger houses but smaller families, more conveniences but less time; we have degrees and qualifications but less sense, more knowledge but less judgement; 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 more often. We have learned how to make a living but not a life; we have added years to life but not life to years. We have been all the way to the moon and back but have trouble crossing the road to meet a new neighbour. We have conquered outer space and cleaned up the air but polluted the soul; we have split the atom but not our prejudice.

We have higher incomes but lower morals; we have become long on quantity but short on quality. These are times of taller people and short character; steep profits and shallow relationships. These are the times of world peace but are places of terror, ill-treatment and domestic warfare; more leisure but less fun; more kinds of food but less nutrition.

These are the days of two incomes but more divorce; of fancier houses but broken homes. It is a time when much is on show in shop windows and nothing in the stockroom; a time when technology can bring a letter to you by email, and a time when we can choose to either make a difference or just bin it or delete.

This is the time to increase our Bible readings, but its contents are ignored and we make our own rules.

(Taken from a student at Columbria High School, Colorado, USA, scene of the mass shooting of students by a classmate)

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