|Make a Difference...or just hit DELETE! (standard:non fiction, 526 words)|
|Author: pjt||Added: Feb 16 2001||Views/Reads: 2509/1||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|A commentary on a thought provoking piece of writing by an anonymous author...and a challenge to make a choice!|
The following message was contained in a letter written by a Columbine student (USA) who experienced one of the High School massacres in America. I would like to share its message with you today because, after a perusal followed by a careful read of it, the wheels of thought started whirring softly in my head. As I reflected further, the thoughts forged links with personal experiences and I found a deeper meaning in the saying that “the more things change, the more they stay the same”. I am, however, well aware that many of you will say that none of it applies to you; that it contains too many un-supported generalisations; that all it does is pander to the pie-in-the-sky aspirations of hand-on-the-heart do-gooders. That’s your prerogative in this so-called democratic society. Nevertheless, let me throw down a challenge to you: read the piece carefully, thoughtfully and objectively, then take some time to reflect on its meaning. Then ask yourself which parts of it (if any) you can relate to, based on personal experience, social statistics, media reports and anecdotal evidence from welfare agencies. You may then be surprised how much of it provokes thoughts and feelings within you that you have never before considered. Here it is... “The paradox of our time is that we have taller buildings, but shorter tempers; wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints; we spend more, but we have less; we buy more, but we enjoy it 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, but more problems; more medicine, but less wellness. 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, 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 neighbour. We’ve conquered outer space, but not inner space; we’ve cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul; we’ve split the atom, but not our prejudice. We have higher incomes, but lower on morals; we’ve become long on quantity, but short on quality. “These are the times of tall men and short 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 divorce; of fancier houses, but broken homes. It is a time when there is much in the show window and nothing in the storeroom. “It is a time when technology could bring this letter to you, and a time when you could either choose to make a difference, or just hit DELETE.” Well, what do you think? Thought provoking insights or “bleeding heart” waffle? If you think it is the former, maybe you’ll find it within yourself to try, in some way, to make a difference. If you think it is the latter, just hit DELETE. Anyway, thanks for your time! Tweet
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