The Paradox of Our Time 属於我们的一个矛盾年代

I really like this — a meaningful email I received from a good friend:

“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. 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.

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, and hate too often. We’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. 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 character, 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 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.”

我收到的一个颇有意思,让人深思的电邮:

 “我们活在一个充满了矛盾的年代里:

我们拥有较高的建筑物,却更短(坏)的脾气;更宽敞的高速公路,但更狭窄的观点。我们花得更多,却拥有得更少。我们购买得更多,却享受得更少。我们有较大的房子,但较小的家庭;更多的方便,却更少的时间。我们有更多的学位,却更少的意识;更多的知识,但更弱的判断能力;更多的专家,但更多的问题;更多的药品,却更少的健康。
 
我们喝得太多,抽烟太凶,花钱太多,却笑得太少。我们驾车太快,太易生气,熬夜太晚,起身太迟,书读得太少,电视看得太多,却甚少祈祷。我们的财产增加了,价值观却降低了。我们讲得太多,爱得太少,恨得太多。我们学会了如何谋生,却不知道如何生活。我们添加了几年的生命,却没有注入生命到我们的年月里。
 
我们已经到达了月球,却甚少越过街道去认识我们的新邻居。我们征服了太空,却没有征服我们内在的自我。我们完成了更大的事情,却不是更好的事情。我们清洁了空气,却污染了灵魂。我们已经征服了原子,但却征服不了自己的偏见。
 
我们写得多了,学习少了。我们计划得更多,但完成得更少。我们学会了匆忙,却没有学习等待。我们建立了更强大的电脑,以容纳转达更多的信息,我们的沟通却越来越少。

这是一个吃快餐却难消化,大男人而低品德,高利润却关系浅薄的年代。这是一个拥有两个收入却更高离婚率,拥有更好的房子却更多破碎的家庭的年代。这是一个快速旅行,用纸尿布,没有道德良知,一夜情,超体重和以药物来控制和达到一切包括让人欢呼,安静或杀人的一个年代。这是一个有很多东西摆放在陈列室窗口,却完全没有东西在贮藏室的年代。一个靠科技就可以把这个讯息带给你,而你随时可以选择分享或打删除掉的年代。”

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