Forty Paradoxes of our Time

This list has been going around in cyberspace in email lists, source unknown.

What we have done and have not done:

1. added years to life, not life to years.

2. been to the moon and back, but have trouble meeting a neighbour.

3. begun cleaning up the air, but continue to pollute the soul.

4. build bigger houses for smaller families;

5. fancier houses, but more broken homes.

6. buy more, but have less in our homes.

7. compete more, co-operate less;

8. conquered outer space, but not inner space.

9. done larger things, but not necessarily better things.

10. fast foods and slow digestion;

11. hate too much, love too little

12. higher incomes, but lower morals;

13. learned how to make a living, but not a life.

14. learned to rush, but not to wait.

15. more computers to hold more information to produce more copies than ever, but less communication.

16. more conveniences, but less time;

17. more experts in more fields, but it seems we have more problems;

18. more food, but less satisfaction;

19. more kinds of food, but less nutrition.

20. more knowledge, but it often appears less judgement;

21. more leisure, but less fun;

22. more medicine, but less wellness.

23. more quantity, less quality;

24. more university degrees, but less sense;

25. much in the show window but little in the stockroom;

26. multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values.

27. pills that do everything from cheer, to quiet, and even kill and fill;

28. plan more, but accomplish less.

29. prettier food, less taste;

30. quick trips, disposable nappies, throw away morality, one-night stands, overweight bodies;

31. spend more, but feel we have less;

32. split the atom, but not congealed our prejudices.

33. steep profits and shallow relationships.

34. tall men, and short character;

35. too much drinking, smoking spending, speeding, anger, staying up late, getting too tired, TV watching but too little laughing, or thinking or pondering.

36. two incomes, but more divorce;

37. we have taller buildings, but shorter tempers;

38. wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints;

39. write more, but seem to learn less.

This collection has been going the rounds. There are more.