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2 February 2011, 4:00 pm No Comments

DisOrienting Encounters: Meditation at an Airport

This post was submitted by Cyrus

The view outside is extraordinary, breathless and visionary.

Niether departing or arriving

We live in a world of blazing contradiction and we are fine with that. These are the days when we have taller buildings but shorter tempers; wider freeways but narrower viewpoints; we spend more yet have so much less; we have more degrees but less sense; more varieties of food but less nutrition.

We have bigger houses, but smaller families; more conveniences yet so little time; more knowledge but less judgment; more experts, but more problems, more medicine but less wellness.

We have multiplied our possessions but reduced our value; We talk too much but love too seldom and lie too often; We learned how to make a living but know nothing about how to make a life; we’ve added years to our lives but not enough life in our years; We’ve been all the way to the moon and back but have trouble crossing the street to meet the new neighbors; We have gone faster than sound but cannot cap an oil spill; we can predict the weather but cannot predict a disaster.

We’ve conquered outer space but not our inner space; we’ve done larger things but not better things; we’ve clean up the air but polluted our souls; we’ve split the atom but not our prejudice; we’ve learned to rush but not wait; we have higher income but lower morals; We build more computers to store more information but have less communication.

These are the times of tall men with short character, disposable relationships, throwaway morality, and pills that do everything from cheer to quite to kill. It is a time where there is much in the showroom but nothing in the stockroom. There is glitz but absolutely no glamour.

Indeed this is all very true.


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