I've come across this many times before. There isn't a consensus on the author – I wish I would have come up with it:
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
problems, more medicine, but less wellness.
We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too
drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read
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'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
space but not inner space.
We've done larger things, but not better things. We've cleaned up the
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
These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion, big men and small
character, steep profits and shallow relationships. These are the days
two incomes but more divorce, fancier houses, but broken homes.
These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throwaway morality,
night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that do everything from
to quiet, to kill.
It is a time when there is much in the showroom window and nothing
stockroom. A time when technology can bring this letter to you, and a
when you can choose either to share this insight, or to just hit delete.