Writing By A Columbine High School Student

"The 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 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, not life to years. We've been all the
way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the
street to meet the new neighbor.

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 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 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 stockroom; a time when
technology can bring this letter to you, and a time when you
can choose either to make a difference...or just hit delete."