By Olivia Antonic


Recently, while I was going through one of my old journals, I stumbled across a newspaper article that one of the readers sent in to the paper.

This reader received “this little gem” via email. It has been written by one of the Columbine School students who experienced the classroom massacre.

“The paradox of our times 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 judgement;

More experts –  but more problems;

More medicine – but less wellness.

We have multiplied our possessions – but reduced our values.

We talk too much, love too seldom and hate too often.

We’ve learnt 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 we have trouble crossing the road to meet a new neighbour.

We’ve conquered outer space –  but not inner space.

We’ve cleaned the air – but poluted the soul;

We’ve split the atom – but not our prjudice;

We have higher incomes – but lower morals;

We’ve become long on quantity – but short on quality;

These are the times of tall men – and short character;

Steep profits – and shallow relationships;

These are the times of world peace – but domestic warfare;

More leisure – but less fun;

More kinds of food – but less nutrition.

These are the days of two incomes  – but more divorce;

Of fancier houses – but broken homes;

It is a time when there is much in the show window  – but nothing in the stock room;

A time when technology can bring this letter to you, and a time when you can choose either to make a difference… or just hit delete”

The writer asked for this letter to be passed on and I ask you to do the same – the least we can do for now !!!

What are your thoughts?…Where do you see yourself making a difference?…Your comments are invited.

  1. Ben WanBen Wan06-24-2010

    We live an a world of contrast, this post calls me get clear about the values we have and to even question them. My values will determine what I consider important and ultimately my behaviour.

    Thanks for the post.

  2. julia hayesjulia hayes07-05-2010

    After the 9/11 tragedy many emails circulated with this kind of message. It occurred to me then that the only people I know who ALREADY live in the way of kindness and balance are all Buddhists. Interesting. We know what is important – but we don’t always live that way.

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