A Word of Wisdom

February 22, 2007 § 2 Comments

“A word of wisdom is the lost property of a Muslim. He should seize it wherever he finds it.” (The Holy Prophet Muhammad – peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) 

The Paradox Of Our Times

(attributed to a number of different sources)

“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… but more problems;
More medicine… 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 learned how to make a living… but not a life.
We’ve added years to life… but not life to years.
We’ve been all the way to the moon and back…
But we have difficulty crossing the street to meet the neighbors.
We’ve conquered outer space… but not our inner space.
We’ve cleaned the air… but polluted the soul.
We have split the atom… but not our prejudice.
We have 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;
Of steep profits… and shallow relationships.
These are times of world peace… but domestic warfare.
These are days of more leisure… but less fun;
Of more kinds of food… but less nutrition.
These are days of two incomes… but more divorce;
Of fancier houses… but broken homes.
We can choose to ignore these sad facts of life…
Or we can choose to make a difference.”

§ 2 Responses to A Word of Wisdom

  • Memmet Emiane says:

    I note with interest your blog contains a negative meme called ‘The Paradox of our Times’, which incidentally has nothing to do with George Carlin (see his website for emphatic denial). Surprisingly, these verses contain absolutely no meaning, but nevertheless are not without purpose. If you want to know what they are, what they do, and how they work, check out the story ‘Meme’ on the Bewildering Stories website. ‘Meme’ is fictional but with factual content relating to ‘Paradox’. Bewildering Stories is a bona-fide free site with no hooks or dangers. Start at the link below for the first installments, you should be able to navigate to the rest. Enlightenment can be fun!

  • peaceamy says:

    I love this! I think it describes the world’s greatest problem facing us today, lack of the quality of life, lack of enjoying the moment, lack of community, lack of appreciating the simple things. We may have become more wealty materially, but less wealth spiritually.

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