The Paradox of Our Time


The Paradox of Our Time

by Dr. Bob Moorehead
not by George Carlin (click here)

The paradox of our 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 less. We have bigger houses and smaller families; more conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees but less sense; more knowledge, but less judgment; more experts, yet more problems; more medicine, but less wellness.

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 a new neighbor. We 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 conquered 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 build more computers to hold more information, to produce more copies than ever, but we communicate less and less.

These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion; big men and small character; steep profits and shallow relationships. These are the days of two incomes but more divorce; fancier houses but broken homes. These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throwaway morality, one night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that do everything from cheer, to quiet, to kill. It is a time when there is much in the showroom window and nothing in the stockroom. A time when technology can bring this letter to you, and a time when you can choose either to share this insight, or to just hit “delete”.

Remember, spend some time with your loved ones, because they are not going to be around forever.

Remember to say a kind word to someone who looks up to you in awe, because that little person soon will grow up and leave your side.

Remember to give a warm hug to the one next to you, because that is the only treasure you can give with your heart and it doesn’t cost a cent.

Remember to say “I love you” to your partner and your loved ones, but most of all mean it. A kiss and an embrace will mend hurt when it comes from deep inside of you.

Remember to hold hands and cherish the moment for someday that person will not be there again.

AND ALWAYS REMEMBER: Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

Dr. Bob Moorehead is former pastor of Seattle’s Overlake Christian Church. He retired in 1998 after 29 years in that post. The essay appeared in ‘Words Aptly Spoken,’ Dr. Moorehead’s 1995 collection of prayers, homilies, and monologues used in his sermons and radio broadcasts.


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20 comments on “The Paradox of Our Time

  1. Love this very much… First saw this very nice text inserted in the handouts of the NSTP (National Service Training Program) for College. A few cried while I was reading & explaining this to my students. . . THANKS A LOT!

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  3. How is it that just anybody can publish a blog and get as popular as this? Its not like youve said something incredibly impressive –more like youve painted a quite picture over an issue that you know nothing about! I dont want to sound mean, here. But do you seriously think that you can get away with adding some pretty pictures and not seriously say something?

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  4. I was just browsing here and there and got to read this post. I must say that I am in the hand of luck today or else getting such an excellent post to read wouldn’t have been achievable for me, at least. Really appreciate your content.

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  7. hi manoy doro,

    salamat sa pagpost mo ng sulating ito. i feel challenged and made me think, that what this pastor’s saying, is true. it made me think and ponder, how i need to change for the better.

    gumagalang,
    marvin

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