Thursday, January 29, 2004

This has to be my post for the day. It is an email forward received from one of my webcourse classmates, Julie. Powerful and profound.

A Columbine High School student wrote:

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 less solutions; 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 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 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 forward this message and make a difference... or just hit delete.


Anonymous said...

I note with interest your blog contains a negative meme called ‘The Paradox of our Times’, which incidentally has nothing to do with George Carlin (see his website for emphatic denial). Surprisingly, these verses contain absolutely no meaning, but nevertheless are not without purpose. If you want to know what they are, what they do, and how they work, check out the story ‘Meme’ on the Bewildering Stories website. ‘Meme’ is fictional but with factual content relating to ‘Paradox’. Bewildering Stories is a bona-fide free site with no hooks or dangers. Start at the link below for the first installments, you should be able to navigate to the rest. Enlightenment can be fun!

Anonymous said...

P.S. the verses are nothing to do with a Columbine High School student either, they existed before the incident there!