Saturday, April 28, 2007




We’ve taller buildings, but shorter tempers;
Wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints;
We spend more, but have less;
We buy more, but enjoy less;
We’ve bigger houses, but smaller families;
More conveniences, but less time;
We have more degrees, but less sense;
More knowledge, but less judgment;
More experts, but less solutions;
More medicines, but less wellness;
We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values;
We talk too much, love seldom, and hate too;
  • We have learnt how to make a living, but not a life;
    We’ve added years to life, but not life to years;
    We’ve been all the way to the moon, and back,
    But have trouble crossing the street to meet the new neighbour;
    We have conquered outer space, but not inner space;
    We’ve higher incomes, but lower morals;
    These are the times of world peace, but domestic warfare;
    More leisure but less fun;
    More kinds of food, but less nutrition;
    These are days of two incomes, but more divorces;
    Of fancier houses, but broken homes;
    It is a time when there is much in the show windows;
    But nothing in the stock room;
    We are always getting ready to live, but never living.

    Anju Sharma
    (Research Faculty)
    Sai International Centre for Human Values