Headline news report catastrophes on a daily basis. Dread grips us as we watch and hear everything around us.
A world in chaos… unrest, poverty, extreme weather, ideological divisions… the list is endless.
In the last days there will come times of difficulty [read all about it in 2 Timothy 3:1-17].
What is a paradox?
The Oxford dictionary defines it as a statement despite sound reasoning. And from reliable sources. That leads to a conclusion that seems logically unacceptable or self-contradictory. There are two opposites. If one part is true. The other part cannot be true. But both statements are true.
Below is an excerpt that shares thought-provoking insights worth pondering over. Possibly written by Bob Moorehead or George Carlin, American stand-up comedian, actor and social critic? But this isn’t clear.
George Carlin spoke amply with subjects that were broad and varied. He stimulated intellects. And importantly made people laugh. He drew attention. Perhaps because he dared to say a lot of things most of us would only think!
Have a look at Brain Droppings one of his bestsellers not for the faint hearted and a combination of outrageous and hilarious opinions.
This is the paradox of our time in history…
We have taller buildings. But shorter tempers. Wider freeways. But narrower viewpoints. We spend more. But we have less.
We buy more. But enjoy less. We have bigger houses and smaller families. More conveniences. But less time.
We have more degrees. But less sense. More knowledge. But less judgement. More experts. Yet more problems. More medicine. But less wellness.
We 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. Hate too often. We 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 neighbour.
We conquered outer space. But not inner space. We’ve done larger things. But not better things.
We’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.
These are the times of fast foods. And slow digestion. Big men and small characters. Steep profits and shallow relationships.
These 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. Nothing in the stockroom. A time when technology can bring this message to you.
And a time where you can choose either to share this insight. Or just hit delete.
What do you think the paradox of our time is?