The Paradox of Our Time: Or, What Do George Carlin and the Dalai Lama have in Common?

George Carlin, Dalai Lama, Paradox of Our Time, Dr. Bob Moorehead, Sacred Economics, Charles EisensteinI came across this quote while reading Sacred Economics by Charles Eisenstein. It’s one of the more misattributed quotes around, often credited falsely to George Carlin and the Dalai Lama (now that’s funny). It’s actually by Dr. Bob Moorehead, a pastor in Washington State.

“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.”

-Dr. Bob Moorehead

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One thought on “The Paradox of Our Time: Or, What Do George Carlin and the Dalai Lama have in Common?

  1. Good Morning Ethan, Thanks so much for publishing this. I was always a little unsure about the character of these words and HH Dalai Lama.

    Mostly though, I am wondering if you would like to offer a few reflections on this increasingly popular book? I frequently have discussions around the delicacy of the global financial system and the possibility that another 2008 situation is close at hand and with far broader ramifications than previously.

    With very best wishes and respect for your strength in the dharma,


    ps I am also a student of the Sakyong 😉

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