"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, but 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 medicines, 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, pray too seldom.
We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values.
We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often.
We have learnt how to make a living, but not a life.
We have 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 our neighbour.
We have conquered outer space, but not our inner space.
We're doing larger things, but not better things.
We've cleaned up the air, but polluted our soul.
We've split the atom, but not our prejudices.
We write more, but learn less.
We plan more, but accomplish less.
We've higher incomes, but lower morals.
We've become long on quantity but short on quality.
These are the times of big men, and small character;
Steep profits, and shallow relationships.
These are the times of world peace, but domestic warfare,
More leisure, but less fun; more kinds of food, but less nutrition.
These are the days of two incomes, but more divorces;
Of 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."
- Anonymous and conflicting sources