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The paradox of our time

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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  • Paradox of our Age September 5, 2014, 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”.

  • Agyemang September 5, 2014, 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!

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

    I like your informative page

  • Manasi August 26, 2013, 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…

  • Darshan Manjappa August 13, 2013, 12:57 pm

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

  • Anoop.K.Francis May 25, 2013, 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.

  • Deepak February 15, 2013, 7:32 am

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

  • Achieng December 4, 2012, 3:27 am

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

  • Ravi November 30, 2012, 10:17 am


  • Augustine Zimbabwe October 22, 2012, 7:33 am

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

  • Cresilda Donasco September 4, 2012, 9:21 pm

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

  • A. Jajoo August 26, 2012, 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..

  • Ashok August 26, 2012, 12:40 am

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

  • Midesa August 10, 2012, 7:42 pm

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

  • P. Benji July 25, 2012, 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.

  • Praveen July 18, 2012, 4:03 am

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

  • Ifeanyi July 13, 2012, 8:45 am


  • Ran July 13, 2012, 1:32 am

    Very inspiring. It makes me new.

  • Madhav July 12, 2012, 7:08 am

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

  • Priya July 11, 2012, 5:02 am

    True Fact …really great..

  • Navin Ahuja July 10, 2012, 9:51 am

    Wow! a great fact, in few words..

  • SAMANTHA July 10, 2012, 6:09 am

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

  • Angel July 10, 2012, 2:12 am

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

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