The Paradox of Our Time

Today I thought I’d spare you my own ideas, and instead share something with you.

The following “poem” was written by a Dr. Bob Moorehead – and no, maybe it’s not “Karate”, but it’s still good! At least I think so…

The text is presented here in its entirety.


“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 judgment;
more experts, but 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 seldom, 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 have less communication.
These are the times of fast foods
and slow digestion; 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 days of two incomes,
but more divorce; of fancier
houses, but broken homes.
These are days of quick trips,
disposable diapers, throw-away
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.”


  • CrazyJoe
    Well, this is not about Karate, but definitely about our "Do".
  • candypaint
    amen to that.

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