O Paradoxo do Nosso Tempo

Uma das mais belas citações já produzidas e veiculadas nas mídias é “O paradoxo de nosso tempo” do Dr. Bob Moorehead, ex-pastor da Igreja Cristã Overlake de Seattle. Houveram diversas adaptações para este texto e ainda hoje se produz novas versões dela. Acredita-se que ela foi inspirada em um texto produzido por Dalai Lama, chamado “The Paradox of Our Age”. Segue uma versão de domínio popular desse texto:

Nós bebemos demais, fumamos demais, gastamos sem critérios, dirigimos rápido demais, ficamos acordados até muito mais tarde, acordamos muito cansados, lemos muito pouco, assistimos TV demais e rezamos raramente.
Multiplicamos nossos bens, mas reduzimos nossos valores. Nós falamos demais, amamos raramente, odiamos frequentemente. Aprendemos a sobreviver, mas não a viver; adicionamos anos à nossa vida e não vida aos nossos anos.
Fomos e voltamos à Lua, mas temos dificuldade em cruzar a rua e encontrar um novo vizinho. Conquistamos o espaço, mas não o nosso próprio.

Fizemos muitas coisas maiores, mas pouquíssimas melhores.
Limpamos o ar, mas poluímos a alma; dominamos o átomo, mas não nosso preconceito; escrevemos mais, mas aprendemos menos; planejamos mais, mas realizamos menos. 
Aprendemos a nos apressar e não, a esperar.
Construímos mais computadores para armazenar mais informação, produzir mais cópias do que nunca, mas nos comunicamos menos.
Estamos na era do “fast-food” e da digestão lenta; do homem grande de caráter pequeno; lucros acentuados e relações vazias.
Essa é a era de dois empregos, vários divórcios, casas chiques e lares despedaçados.
Essa é a era das viagens rápidas, fraldas e moral descartáveis, das rapidinhas, dos cérebros ocos e das pílulas “mágicas”.
Um momento de muita coisa na vitrine e muito pouco na dispensa.
Uma era que leva essa carta a você, e uma era que te permite dividir essa reflexão ou simplesmente clicar “delete”.
Lembre-se de passar tempo com as pessoas que ama, pois elas não estarão por aqui para sempre. Por isso, valorize o que você tem e as pessoas que estão ao seu lado.

#Disse
Carlos Leonardo ˄˅

The Paradox of Our Age

By Dr. Bob Moorehead

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.
Remember, spend some time with your loved ones, because they are not going to be around forever.
Remember to say a kind word to someone who looks up to you in awe, because that little person soon will grow up and leave your side.
Remember to give a warm hug to the one next to you, because that is the only treasure you can give with your heart and it doesn’t cost a cent.
Remember to say “I love you” to your partner and your loved ones, but most of all mean it. A kiss and an embrace will mend hurt when it comes from deep inside of you.
Remember to hold hands and cherish the moment for someday that person will not be there again.
Give time to love, give time to speak, and give time to share the precious thoughts in your mind.

AND ALWAYS REMEMBER:
Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

Dr. Bob Moorehead is former pastor of Seattle’s Overlake Christian Church. He retired in 1998 after 29 years in that post. The essay appeared in ‘Words Aptly Spoken,’ Dr. Moorehead’s 1995 collection of prayers, homilies, and monologues used in his sermons and radio broadcasts.

The above article is clearly inspired by the poem by The Dalai Lama…

The Paradox of Our Age

We have 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 more problems;
More medicines, but less healthiness;
We’ve been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet the new neighbor.
We build more computers to hold more information to produce more copies than ever but have less communication.
We have become long on quantity, but short on quality.
These are times of fast foods but slow digestion;
Tall man but short character;
Steep profits but shallow relationships.
It’s a time when there is much in the window, but nothing in the room.

 

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