Bob Moorhead: “The paradox of our time …”

“The paradox of our time …”


Bob Moorhead ()

American priest, who until his retirement is a pastor at Seattle Overlake Christian Church.   One of his eternal essays is “The Paradox of Our Time,” often attributed to George Carlin, but actually published by Moorhead in 1995 in his book of sermons and prayers.

“The paradox of our time is that we have tall buildings, but low tolerance, wide highways, but narrow views. We spend more, but we have less, we buy more, but we enjoy less. We have bigger houses and smaller families, more amenities, but less time. We have more education but less intelligence, more knowledge, but worse judgment, we have more experts, but more problems, more medicine, but less health.

We drink too much, we  smoke  too much, we spend too much irresponsibly, we laugh too little, we drive too fast, we get too tired, we go to bed too late, we wake up too tired, we read too little, we watch too much television and we pray too rarely. We have increased our holdings, but we have diminished our values. We talk too much, love too rarely and hate too often.
We know how to survive, but we don’t know how to live. We have added years to human life, but we have not added life to years. We went to the moon and came back, but it was hard for us to cross the street and meet our new neighbor. We have conquered the cosmic latitudes, but not the spiritual latitudes. We do bigger things. but not better things.

We purified the air but polluted the soul. We subjugated the atom, but not our prejudices. We write more, but we learn less. We plan more, but we achieve less. We learned to hurry, but not to wait. We make new computers that store more information and make more copies than ever, but we communicate less and less.

This is a time of fast food and indigestion, big men and small souls, easy profits and difficult relationships. The time of bigger family incomes and more divorces, more beautiful houses and broken homes. The time of short trips, one-off diapers and one-off morale, the overnight and overweight relationships and the pills that do everything – excite us, soothe us , they kill us. A time when there is a lot of storefront but little in the warehouse. A time when technology allows this letter to get to you, but it also allows you to share it or just hit delete.

Remember, take more time with those you love because they are not with you forever. Remember, say the good word to the one who looks down at you with admiration, because that little creature will soon grow up and be no longer with you. Remember and warmly embrace the person beside you, because this is the only treasure you can give from your heart and it does not cost a penny.

Remember and say “I love you” to your loved ones, but most of all, really think it. A kiss and a hug can repair any evil when they come from the heart. Remember and hold hands and appreciate the moments when you are together, because one day this person will not be there for you. Take the time to love each other, find  time  to talk, and make time to share everything you have to say.

Because life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that stop our breath. ”