Thursday, March 24, 2005

Our days are numbered; our present age, shadowed

While reading through a cousin's "Scottish Rite Journal", I came across this article, "Actions Speak Louder Than Words". The point was, what kind of examples are we of what we believe and what obligations and vows have we taken, without any mental reservation or equivocation?

The heart of the article was attributed to an unknown author who described the present age this way:


"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, 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, hate too often. We've learned how to make a living, but not a life. We've added years to life, 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 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 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."

5 Comments:

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i believe it was george carlin who wrote that.

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