Saturday, October 6, 2012

The Paradox Of Our Times

Hello, A very insightful look from the Dalai Lama into how many of us are living our lives today.
Thanks for visiting,
Janet :)


Is that we have taller buildings, but shorter tempers
Wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints
We spend more, but we have less.

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 wellness.

We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values.
We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often
We have learnt how to make a living, but not a life.
We have added years to life, but 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 neighbour.
We have conquered outer space, but not inner space.
We've cleaned up the air, but polluted our soul.
We've split the atom, but not our prejudice.
We've higher incomes, but lower morals.
We've become long on quantity but short on quality.

These are the times of 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 the days of two incomes, but more divorces;
Of fancier houses, but broken homes.
It is a time when there is much in the show window, and
nothing in the stockroom.

Dalai Lama


  1. Greetings Janet,
    These are profound words from the Dalai Lama.
    Yet, despite it all, I find strength in the dawning of a new awareness. A world where stigma and passing judgement, are alien concepts.
    I rejoice in the diversity of the positive aspects of humanity. All different, all equal.
    A positive environment starts from within and with that, we do our utmost to forward that positivity to others.
    May you have a peaceful, positive weekend.
    In kindness, Gary

  2. Dear Janet, I would love for this to be posted everywhere for everyone to read. It is common sense which is rare these days. Blessings dearest, Catherine xo