The Paradox of Time

This poem comes courtesy of Laura Ince. This has hung on her fridge for as long as I can remember. What wise insight from a truly beautiful woman.

The paradox of 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
Bigger churches and smaller congregations
A multitude of prayers, but very little faith
A blessed life, but lack of gratitude
A loving God for our blemished hearts

We have more conveniences, but less time
We have more degrees, 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 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 we have trouble crossing the street to meet a 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 bigger incomes, but lower morals
We’ve become long on quantity, but short on quality

These are times of tall men, and short character
Steep profits, and shallow relationships
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 there is much in the show window
And nothing in the stock room
A time when technology can bring you this letter to you
And a time when you can choose to to make a difference

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