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The Paradox Of Our Age

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Photo: Kurtis Billard/Flickr

We have bigger houses but smaller families;
more conveniences, but less time;
We have more degrees, but less sense;
more knowledge, but less judgement;
more experts, but more problems;
more medicines, but less healthiness;
We’ve been all the way to the moon and back,
but have trouble crossing the street to meet
the new neighbor.
We build more computers to hold more
information to produce more copies then ever,
but have less communication;
We have become long on quantity,
but short on quality.
These are times of fast foods
but slow digestion;
Tall men but short character;
Steep profits but shallow relationships.
It’s a time when there is much in the window,
but nothing in the room.

~ The 14th Dalai Lama

Written by MattAndJojang

January 13, 2011 at 12:34 pm

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  1. A beautiful photograph, and wise words. As so often happens, I was perfectly comfortable with the “plain sense” of his words, feeling I understood them, until I got to the last two lines.

    “Much in the window, but nothing in the room” – those words are not so obvious, and well worth pondering.


    January 27, 2011 at 1:20 pm

  2. Very wise words indeed, Linda.

    The Dalai Lama describes very well the state of our contemporary society – how hollow and empty it has become inspite of its material progress and technological advances. In the words of Thoreau most of us live “lives of quiet desperation.”

    Our society has to relearn to value the things that matters most in life. We need to slow down and take time to take stock of what we’re doing and why we’re doing it. And above all we need to value the people who matter in our lives.


    January 28, 2011 at 3:59 pm

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