We have multiplied our posessions, but reduced our values.

My mom showed me this a couple years ago and I just stumbled across it again. It’s and insightful collection of thoughts written by a student at Columbine High School. There’s some really hard hitting points in here.

“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 have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values.
We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often.
We’ve conquered outer space, but not inner space; we’ve cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul; we’ve 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; 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.
It is a time when there is much in the show window and no thing in the stockroom; a time when technology can bring this letter to you, and a time when you can choose either to make a difference. . . or just hit delete.”

3 Responses to “We have multiplied our posessions, but reduced our values.”

  1. Clay Says:

    It’s all so true. We live in a time dominated by the value of having things rather than cherishing things. What would happen if we decided to actually take value in the things we had rather than always looking for more? There is not a problem with setting sights high or wanting to make the most out of life, but let us not forget what we do have…do not ignore what is right in front of you in order to find more. It is in the things we already have and the people closest to us that we can keep finding more and more.

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