The Paradox Of Our Age
We have bigger houses, but 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 medicines, but less healthiness;
We’ve been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet the new neighbor.
We built more computers to hold more information, to produce more copies than ever, but have less communication.
We have become long on quantity, but short on quality.
These are times of fast food, 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.
~ Dalai Lama
I came across this today and thought many of us needed to read this and keep it as ‘food for thought’. When I read this, I thought, “Wow, this is the way most American lives are today.” More conveniences, but less time. Really, most folks are lucky if they can catch 15 or 20 minutes of news each day to find out the basics of what is going on in the world (assuming they are even interested), and never-mind having the time to question, dig deeper, voice an opinion, or followup with actions. I think people are so busy with their own lives, they really don’t care what is happening in the world around them. All they care about is getting that quarterly report done for their boss, picking their son up from the soccer game and what to pick up for dinner. I remember when times were simpler. Life has become more ‘multi-taskable’ with all of these conveniences we have today. I think it’s made many people lose their common sense. We now have more college degrees, but less common sense…
So many people today don’t take a few moments to stand in their back yard, or a park, to just take a deep breath and look around. How many of you remember when you had ‘more’ time? I could remember when my Mom stayed home to take care of us. She didn’t ‘have’ to work. Today a stay at home Mom or a homemaker is such a rarity. I think that because both spouses have to work now, it has made a difference in how our children are growing up.
We’ve been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet the new neighbor. WOW! Isn’t that the truth? As someone who has recently moved about 5 months ago, I can tell you that not one neighbor has come over to say hello. Not one. I can tell you that I have gone over to three neighbors and introduced myself. And guess what? It didn’t hurt. I didn’t bite them, although I think they thought I was from another planet. My idea was to simply introduce myself to be able to make a quick evaluation of the people living around us. Do they have similar interests? Are they potentially trustworthy?…or not?
What would you do? In this world today where there is so much instability, people are building underground bunkers and people are prepping, so, is it important to form unions with your neighbors? Would they be there to help you when the SHTF? People in general are starting to become aware of what is going on in the world around them. They are starting to get angry at their ‘leaders’, politicians, and governments. Is it too late though? I think it’s too late for any significant positive changes to happen, but not to late to get prepared for what will happen.