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    The Paradox of Our Time
    The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings, but shorter tempers; wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints. We spend more, yet have less; so we buy more; enjoying it less.
    We have bigger houses and smaller families; more conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees, but less sense; more knowledge, but less understanding. Fewer experts, but more problems; more medicine, and less wellness.
    As we build more computers to hold more information to produce more copies than we could ever read, we are left with less communication; becoming long on quantity, but short on quality.
    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've done larger things, not better things.
    We've cleaned the air, but polluted the soul; we've split the atom, but not our differences. We write more, learn less; plan more, yet accomplish less. We've learned to rush, but not to wait; we have higher incomes, but lower morals; we have more food, but less nutrition.
    These are days of fewer marriages, but more divorce; of fancy houses that are clearly broken homes. Of quick trips, disposable diapers, throw away morality, one-night stands, cures causing the symptoms, and pills that do everything from cheer to quiet to kill.
    These are days of fewer marriages, but more divorce; of fancy houses that are clearly broken homes. Of quick trips, disposable diapers, throw away morality, one-night stands, cures causing the symptoms, and pills that do everything from cheer to quiet to kill.
    These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion; tall men and short character; steep profits, and shallow relationships. These are the times of world peace, but domestic warfare.
    We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly. We laugh too little, read too little, care too little. We drive too fast, get angry too quickly, and leave before we should. We stay up too late, get up too tired, work too much, and play too little. We talk too much, love too rarely, and hate too often. We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values.
    We've learned how to make a living,
    but not a life;
    Adding years to life,
    not life to years.
    This is a time when there is much in the show window and nothing in the stockroom; a time when technology has connected me and you; a time when you can choose either to make a difference and share my words, or keep scrolling…
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    "Half-Measured (Not Met)”

    Arguing words,
    Ignoring meaning.
    Forever changing,
    Never Being.

    Always talking,
    Seldom thinking.
    So many thirsty,
    And never drinking.

    Mostly hearing,
    Rarely listening.
    Ceaseless speakers
    Will Miss the singing.

    These are the thoughts
    You realise,
    With humble mind,
    And open eyes.

    Not said in jest
    Its clear to see
    A thought, a quest
    Remains for thee:

    To make it known
    That with bias shed,
    They'll think of things
    Half-measured, Not Met