The paradox of our time

by Stephen on July 9, 2012 · 23 comments

in Awakening

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 it 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, yet more problems; more medicine, but less wellness.

We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry too quickly, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too little, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom. We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom and hate too often.

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 the new neighbor. We’ve 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 split 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 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 show 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 hold hands and cherish the moment for someday that person will not be there again.

Give time to love, give time to speak, and give time to share the precious thoughts in your mind.

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

By Dr. Bob Moorehead

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{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Angel July 10, 2012 at 2:12 am

So uplifting big thanks! I feel renewed from within. Keep on inspiring others.

2 SAMANTHA July 10, 2012 at 6:09 am

How true it is? Thank you Mr. Bob. You have kept my feelings into words.

3 Navin Ahuja July 10, 2012 at 9:51 am

Wow! a great fact, in few words..

4 Priya July 11, 2012 at 5:02 am

True Fact …really great..

5 Madhav July 12, 2012 at 7:08 am

Thanks a lot Dr.Bob. You presented all the wisdom in one capsule.

6 Ran July 13, 2012 at 1:32 am

Very inspiring. It makes me new.

7 Ifeanyi July 13, 2012 at 8:45 am


8 Praveen July 18, 2012 at 4:03 am

Your words are true to the end Dr.Bob. Unfortunately people fail to realize such simple facts in life.

9 P. Benji July 25, 2012 at 7:02 am

I like most of the stories from this website. All of these stories are really great and meaningful to me. There are some stories in there which are really touching and make us to feel our real meaning of practical life to be become a real human being.

I want to thank to those who have put up this wonderful website to make the people more understanding the real meaning of life that we are supposed to be.

It’s wonderful. God blesses.

10 Midesa August 10, 2012 at 7:42 pm

Realities of life… which we do but not given a thought though… it’s really an awakening.

11 Ashok August 26, 2012 at 12:40 am

Really wonderful stories which guide one to lead meaningful life. Thanks to the website.

12 A. Jajoo August 26, 2012 at 10:54 am

A very useful website for the learners of life…. Really inspiring and beautiful thoughts are embodied here. Leanes you pondering ove rthe matter for quite sometime..

13 Cresilda Donasco September 4, 2012 at 9:21 pm

I was so touched of your article, it speaks the reality of life. Love it much. So inspiring.

14 Augustine Zimbabwe October 22, 2012 at 7:33 am

Great thinking showing that earth’s paradigm continues to shift from the better towards the worse.

15 Ravi November 30, 2012 at 10:17 am


16 Achieng December 4, 2012 at 3:27 am

Thanking you, I have been inspired a lot with your story

17 Deepak February 15, 2013 at 7:32 am

Thoughts for a life time! Thanks and keep posting Bob!

18 Anoop.K.Francis May 25, 2013 at 4:59 am

What a realistic story… This is obviously not a story.. But it’s a fact, we have been doing and doing… This words are deeply stuck in my heart.. Thank you Mr. Stephen for this wonderful creation.

19 Darshan Manjappa August 13, 2013 at 12:57 pm

What ever is told is absolutely 100% true…. Much inspired. It’s time to think about ourselves, attitude and behavior.

20 Manasi August 26, 2013 at 6:42 pm

This and other all stories had given me the precious reason to live … all is this more valuable than any money which is made of after all paper.. and our materialistic possessions.. anytime…

21 Vilbard Amutenya March 21, 2014 at 8:37 am

I like your informative page

22 Agyemang September 5, 2014 at 7:46 am

Thanks alot, Mr Stephen for exposing our human flaws, we will do better to improve our lives instead of just going through the motions, thanks alot, i love this website!

23 Paradox of our Age September 5, 2014 at 3:16 pm

This is one of my favourite pieces of writing, although it does bother me that this “Dr. Bob” has taken a piece written by someone else and posted it as his own. It was actually written by George Carlin, if anyone didn’t know that, NOT this Bob guy. But thank you for the post and your own lines beneath it, “Bob”.

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