Last night at my first class at Bahakti Yoga Shala in Santa Monica, the teacher was reading these lines during shavasana (unfortunately I do not know where I am quoting from).
It made me pause and think:
"We've learned how to make a living, but not how to live.
We've been all the way to the moon and back,
but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbour.
We have taller buildings but shorter tempers
wider freeways, but narrow 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 health.
We have multiplied our possessions,
but reduced our values.
We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often.
We've added years to life, not life to years.
We have 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 built more computer to hold more information,
to produce more copies than ever,
but we communicate less and less.
These are times of fast foods and slow digestion,
big men and small character,
steep profits and shallow relationships.
These are the days of two incomes but more divorce;
fancier houses, but broken homes.
These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers,
throw-away morality, one-night stands,
and pills that do everything,
from cheer, to quiet, to kill."
Maybe it let's you pause for little while too...