The Paradox of Our Age

30 11 2009


I read a quote from the Dalai Lama today, and was struck by its relevance. It really makes you think.

The point I got from it was that each and every one of us has the choice – every day, week, month and year – whether to make our world a better, more relational, more humane and openhearted place… or to make it more closed off, colder, and less like we would want it to be.

Both history and our own personal experience show that our world is not in a fixed state – it is rather an aggregate of people just like ourselves, and is constantly in flux. What will our society look like in 30 years time? The challenging answer to this is that it will be determined largely by OUR priorities, the day to day decisions we make to reflect those priorities, and the responses we give to those around us. “Those around us include not only family and friends, but also complete strangers. Consider that our actions toward strangers may be even more significant in shaping our society and culture (interesting thought?).

Enjoy… and reflect.



The Paradox of Our Age

We have bigger houses but 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 medicines, but less healthiness;

We’ve been all the way to the moon and back,

but have trouble crossing the street to meet the new neighbour.

We built more computers to hold more information to produce more copies than ever,

but have less communication;

We have become long on quantity, but short on quality.

These are times of fast foods but slow digestion;

Tall man but short character;

Steep profits but shallow relationships.

It’s a time when there is much in the window, but nothing in the room.

14th Dalai Lama




2 responses

30 11 2009

Thanks for sharing this – it’s a sad reality – but one that we can change!

4 12 2009
Quinton McCauley

Absolutely Tony! Agree! The first step in changing a situation is to recognise it 🙂

Thanks for the comment.


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