[Video] The Paradox of Our Time

I watched this amazing closing video from AIESEC several months ago, and yesterday when I looked around my collections, I found it again. I think this video is one that has a really good message and fact (paradox & irony) of life that we often forget, or for more accurate, ignore. I think this video represent the aim and nature of AIESEC, as well as most of us should be. Oya, after I googled it, I found the famous complete version (which some said written by Dr. Bob Moorehead not George Carlin) and here I present you both the video and the words:

VIDEO

In 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 it less.

We have bigger houses,

with smaller families;

more conveniences, but less time;

we have more experts, but more problems;

more medicine, but less wellness.

We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, 

laugh too little, drive too fast, get angry too quickly, 

stay up too late, get up too tired, read too seldom, 

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 have learn how how to make a living,

but not a life;

We have added years to life,

but not life to our years;

We have been all the way to the moon and back,

but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbor.

We have conquered outer space, 

but not inner space;

we have down larger things, 

but not better things.

We have cleaned up the air,

but polluted the soul;

We have split the atom,

but not our prejudice.

We write more, but learn less;

we plan more but accomplish less.

We have learned to rush, but not to wait;

we have higher incomes, but lower morals;

we have more food, but less appeasement

we build more computers to hold more information to produce more copies than ever,

but have less communication;

we have become long on quantity,

but short on quality.

These are times of fast foods and slow digestion;

tall men and short character;

steep profits and shallow relationships.

These are times of world peace

but domestic warfare;

more leisure, but less fun;

more kinds of food, but less nutrition;

These are the times of two incomes,

but more divorce;

of fancier houses, but broken homes.

These are days of quick trips,

disposable diapers, throw away 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 show window

and nothing in the stockroom;

a time when technology has brought this letter to you,

and a time when you can choose either to make a difference,

or to just hit delete…

AIESEC’s ending version:

This is a time when technology can bring this story to you;

and you can choose whether to make a difference or ignore it.

By being here you have already made the first step

You’re not ignoring the world around you

but engaging with it.

You want to learn

and expand your view of the world.

So that’s why you’re here,

Investing in your future.

All of us united under this desire to learn about how we can make a difference.

So welcome, one and all to…

AIESEC

Often we heard and know the fact about that even the smallest act sometimes can change a lot. But do we really understand and engage in it. Sometimes doing all of these alone is not enough, but knowing there’re thousands of people out there that has this kind of awareness really help me to actually act upon the quote. What about you?

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