By Octavian Paler, Romanian Author, Journalist, Politician
Last Modified: 23:06 PM DST, 9 January 2012
We have more degrees, but less common sense,
More knowledge, but less judgment,
We have more experts, and more problems, more medicine, but less wellness.
We spend too recklessly, laugh too little,
Drive too fast, get angry far too quickly,
Stay up late, get up too tired,
Read too little, watch T.V. too often,
And pray too seldom.
We have multiplied our possessions, but have reduced our values,
We talk too much, love too little, and lie too often.
We have learned how to make a living, but not a life.
We have added years to life,
Not life to years.
We have taller buildings, but shorter tempers.
Wider freeways, but narrow viewpoints.
We spend more, but have less; we buy more, and enjoy less.
We’ve been all the way to the moon and back,
But have trouble crossing the street to meet the new neighbor.
We’ve conquered outer space, but not inner space,
We have split the atom, but not our prejudice.
We write more, but learn less.
Plan more, but accomplish less.
We’ve learned to rush, but not to want,
We have higher incomes, but lower morals.
We build more computers to hold more information,
To produce more copies, but communicate less,
We are long on quantity, but short on quality.
These are the times of fast food, and slow digestion,
Tall men, and short character,
Steep profits and shallow relationships,
More leisure and less fun.
More kinds of food, but less nutrition,
Two incomes, but more divorce,
Fancier houses, but more broken homes.
That’s why I propose, that as of today,
You do not keep anything for a special occasion,
Because everyday that you live is a special occasion.
Search for knowledge, read more,
Sit on the porch and admire the view,
Without paying attention to your needs.
Spend more time with your family and friends,
Eat your favorite foods and,
Visit the places you love.
Enjoyment is life as a chain of moments,
Not long drawn out survival,
Remove from your vocabulary phrases like,
” One of these days” and “Someday.”
Let’s tell our families and friends how much we love them.
Do not delay anything that adds laughter and joy to your life.
Everyday, every hour, and every minute is special.
And you do it knowing that it could be your last…
Just think… one of these days you may not be here to do any of the above!