I heard this excerpt by an annoymous writer in a sermon on Christmas day. It really got me thinking, so thought I'd share. It's longer than a usual post, but definitely worth the read (I promise.)
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, but smaller families; more conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees, but less common sense; more knowledge, but less judgment; more experts, but more problems; more medicine, but less wellness. We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get angry too quickly, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too seldom, watch TV too much, and pray too little. We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our value. We talk too much, love too seldom, and lie too often.
We’ve learned how to make a living, but not a life. We have added years to life, but not life to years. We’ve been all the way to the moon and back, but we won’t cross the street to meet the new neighbor. We’ve conquered outer space, but not inner space. We’ve done larger things, but not better things. We’ve cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul. We’ve split the atom, but not our prejudices. We write more, but learn less. We plan more, but accomplish less. We’ve learned how to rush, but not to wait. We have higher income, but lower morals; more food, but less appeasement; more acquaintances, but less friends. We build more computers to hold more information; we make more copies than ever, but have less communication. We’ve become long on quantity, but short on quality. These are the times of fast food, but slow digestion; tall men, but short character; steep profits, but shallow relationships.
These are the times of world peace, but domestic warfare; more leisure, but less fun; more foods but less nutrition. These are the days of two incomes, but more divorce; of fancier houses, but broken homes. These are the days of quick trips, disposable diapers, overweight bodies, throw-away morality, one-night stands and pills that do everything from quiet to cheer to kill. It is a time where there is much in the show room window, and so very little in the stockroom.
This is the culture we go into every day.
This is something to think about in 2013.