Signs of progress
Many of us firmly believe that all that is happening is for the better. We believe that it is not possible for many to be wrong and few to be right. However are we really making progress? The following, by an unknown philosopher, brings out the superficial glitter that is masking the inherent shallowness in the so-called modern lives. We are concentrating too much on the material aspect of our existence, ignoring our real self - the eternal spiritual soul which is residing temporarily in this body.
Just as a wheel without a center will never roll properly, however strong its spokes are, life that is not centered around spiritual advancement will never see true happiness. As your well wishers from the Hare Krishna temple in Washington, DC, we humbly request you to reflect on what your life centers around. Mindless pursuit of material opulence and sense gratification will give only temporary, perverted pleasure - accompanied by a heavy price to pay.
True happiness is experienced when we begin recognize the fact that we are not this body, but the spirit soul that is eternal and we should in fact we inquiring on what our duty as this eternal spirit soul really is.
Thoughts on our lives by an Unknown author
1.We have taller buildings, but shorter tempers;
2.Wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints;
3.We spend more, but have less;
4.We buy more, but enjoy it less;
5.We have bigger houses and smaller families;
6.More conveniences, but less time;
7.We have more degrees, but less common sense;
8.More knowledge, but less judgment;
9.More experts, but more problems;
10.More medicine, but less wellness;
11.We spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast;
12.Get too angry too quickly, stay up too late, get up too tired;
13.Read too seldom, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom;
14.We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values;
15.We talk too much, love too seldom and lie too often;
16.We've learned how to make a living, but not a life;
17.We've added years to life, not life to years;
18.We've been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet the new neighbor;
19.We've conquered outer space, but not inner space;
20.We've done larger things, but not better things;
21.We've cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul;
22.We've become long on words but short on actions;
23.We've become long on quantity, but short on quality;
24.More leisure and less fun;
25.More kinds of food, but less nutrition;
26.We plan out our separation even before we get married;
27.These are days of two incomes, but more divorce;
28.We spend more time with the television than with our children;
29.We've fancier houses, but broken homes.
30.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;
31.It is a time when there is much in the show window, and nothing in the stockroom;
Indeed it's all true. Think about it...read it again.