The Paradox of Our Times – Dalai Lama

(Disclaimer: For those highly inflammable people who can’t tolerate a difference in opinion… and also for those who offer unsolicited tags to others, of intelligence first and moronism next… this is what Dalai Lama said, not me😛. Direct your goodwill or anger towards him.)

As a product of modern society and as someone enjoying many benefits from it, I am not and cannot be anti-development, anti-technology etc. (Now, what is “development” depends on our perspective, though!). Yet, there were multiple “How true!!” moments in this short, simple poem. Perhaps, that’s why it is called “The paradox of our times”!

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THE PARADOX OF OUR TIMES…
Is that we have taller buildings, but shorter tempers
Wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints
We spend more, but we have less
We have bigger houses, but 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 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 learnt how to make a living, but not a life
We have added years to life, but 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 neighbour
We have conquered outer space, but not inner space
We’ve cleaned up the air, but polluted our soul
We’ve split the atom, but not our prejudice
We’ve 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 the days of two incomes, but more divorces
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 just hit, delete.

Source: Arvind Gupta Toys
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Published in: on May 22, 2012 at 10:08 am  Comments (1)  

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