These days we have taller buildings,
but shorter tempers, wider freeways,
narrower viewpoints, spend more, but have less,
buy more, but enjoy it less.
We have bigger houses, smaller families,
more conveniences, less time,
more degrees, less sense,
more knowledge, less judgement,
more experts, but more problems,
more medicines, less wellness.
We drink too much, spend too recklessly,
laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry quickly,
stay up late, get up tired, read too little,
watch TV too much and pray too seldom.
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 to the moon and back,
but have trouble crossing the street to meet the new neighbours.
We've conquered outer space, but not inner space.
We've done large things but not better things.
We've cleaned the air, but polluted the soul.
We've split the atom, but not our prejudice.
We write more, but learn less.
We plan more, but accomplish less.
We've learned to rush, not to wait.
We have higher incomes, but less morals.
With computers, we have more informations, but less communication.
We long for quantity, but are short on quality.
We have double incomes, but more divorces,
fancier houses, but broken homes.
So where are we heading?
Perhaps, it's time to stop and reflect.
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