July 12th, 2008

tiles

Poem by Dalai Lama

This was in our local Quaker Newsletter, and I'm just posting it here for my own reference as much as anything. I particularly like the last couple of lines.

The Paradox Of Our Age

We have bigger houses but smaller families.
More conveniences, but less time.
We have more degrees but less understanding,
More knowledge but less judgement.
More medicines but less healthiness.
We’ve been all the way to the moon and back,
but have trouble in crossing the street to meet the new neighbours.
We have built more computers to hold more information,
To produce more copies than ever,
But we have less communication.
We have become long on quantity,
But short on quality.
These are times of fast foods but slow digestion.
Tall man but short character,
Steep profits but shallow relationships.
It is a time when there is much in the window
But nothing in the room.