puzzleWe 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 experts, yet more problems.

We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values.

We talk too much and listen too little.

We 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 split the atom, but not our prejudice.

We write more, but learn less. We plan more, but accomplish less.

We’ve learned to rush, but not to wait.

We have higher incomes, but lower morals.

We build more computers to hold more information that we print on more paper than ever before. But we communicate less and connect less.

We’ve become long on quantity, but short on quality.

These are days of two incomes, but more divorce, of fancier houses, but broken homes.

We have pills to grow hair, pills to stop allergies, pills to lose weight and pills to help sex. And we have parents who wonder why their children pop pills.

It is a time when there is more in the show window and less in the stockroom.

Disclosure: The author is unknown to me. I came across the list a few years ago, but no one’s name was attached. Still, they certainly seem to apply today.

Any that you would add?


  1. says

    This sounds like something the Hippy Dippy Weatherman might have said, and a lot of people forwarded this around the internet saying that George Carlin wrote it, but he didn’t. The author of this is Dr. Bob Moorehead, a former pastor of a Seattle church. Not sure if the book is still in print, but “The Paradox of Our Age” appears in his “Words Aptly Spoken,” a collection of prayers, sermons and monologues.

    And Barb, you’re right that this does still apply today, 13 years after its publication. But to borrow a line from that bastion of broadcasting, Paul Harvey, here’s the rest of the story:

    Three years after Dr. Moorehead’s book was published, he was accused of sexual molestation of nearly 20 male parishoners and resigned his post.

    So, perhaps there is a fitting addition to this marvelous list:

    “We inspire, and then defile.”

    I have been unable to find out if he was ever charged and/or convicted of anything, but if he did it, then he really should have included the above in the interest of full disclosure.

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