Today we have bigger houses and smaller families,
More conveniences but less time.
We have more degrees but less common sense,
More knowledge but less judgment.
We have more experts but more problems,
More medicines but less wellness.
We spend so recklessly, laugh too little and drive too fast,
Get angry too quickly, stay up too late, get up too tired,
Read too little, watch TV too often, and pray too seldom.
We have multiplied our possessions but reduced our values,
We talk too much, love too little, and lie too often.
We have learned how to make a living but not a life,
We have added years to life but not life to years.
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 been all the way to the moon and back,
But have trouble crossing the road to meet the new neighbor.
We have conquered outer space but not inner space,
We've split the atom but not our prejudice,
We write more, learn less; plan more, accomplish less.
We have learned to rush but not to wait,
We have higher incomes but lower morals.
We build more computers to hold in more information, to produce more copies,
But have less communication.
We are long on quantity but short on quality,
These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion.
Tall men with short characters, steep profits and shallow relationships,
More leisure but less fun,
More kinds of foods but less nutrition,
Two incomes, but more divorce,
Fancier houses, broken homes.
This is the paradox of our times today,
So remove from your vocabulary phrases like "one of those days" and "someday",
Let's write the letter we thought of writing "one of these days",
Tell your parents and friends how much you love them.