The Paradox of Our Time

Dr. Bob Moorehead is a former pastor of Seattle’s Overlake Christian Church who retired in 1998 after 29 years of service in the pulpit. The essay below appeared in his book, Words Aptly Spoken,  a collection of prayers, homilies, and monologues that he used in his sermons and radio broadcasts.  Strange as it may seem, there appears to be no picture of Dr. Moorehead on the Internet.

The piece below has been misattributed to both George Carlin and the Dalai Lama.  Carlin publicly denied having written it.  His term for it was “sappy.”  You can probably imagine what else he said.  The Dalai Lama is probably not even aware that this has been attributed to him.  He’d probably laugh if he knew, even if he agreed with it.

I’ve selected some pictures to go with this essay.

NYC“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 less.

family

Image credit: David Poole, Mail Online

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, yet more problems, more medicine, but less wellness.

SmokeDrinkWe drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too little, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom. We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often.

man on moonWe’ve learned how to make a living, but not a life. We’ve added years to life not life to years. We’ve been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbor. We conquered outer space but not inner space. We’ve done larger things, but not better things.

mom too busy

rushingWe’ve cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul. We’ve conquered the atom, but not our prejudice. We write more, but learn less. We plan more, but accomplish less. We’ve learned to rush, but not to wait. We build more computers to hold more information, to produce more copies than ever, but we communicate less and less.

couple textingThese are the times of fast foods and slow digestion, big men and small character, steep profits and shallow relationships.

obesedisposable diapersThese are the days of two incomes but more divorce, fancier houses, but broken homes. These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throwaway morality, one night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that do everything from cheer, to quiet, to kill. It is a time when there is much in the showroom window and nothing in the stockroom. A time when technology can bring  this letter to you, and a time when you can choose either to share this insight, or to just hit delete.

talking to kidRemember, to spend some time with your loved ones, because they are not going to be around forever. Remember, say a kind word to someone who looks up to you in awe, because that little person soon will grow up and leave your side.

hugRemember, to give a warm hug to the one next to you, because that is the only treasure you can give with your heart and it doesn’t cost a cent.  Remember, to say, “I love you” to your partner and your loved ones, but most of all mean it. A kiss and an embrace will mend hurt when it comes from deep inside of you.

holding handsolder coupleRemember to hold hands and cherish the moment for someday that person might not be there again. Give time to love, give time to speak! And give time to share the precious thoughts in your mind.”  🙂

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