We talk too much, love too seldom and hate too often
Stabroek News
April 26, 2002

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Dear Editor,

In S.N dated April 24, 2002, I read a thoughtful letter captioned "Moment to inspire us" written by Rishee Thakur. Then in same edition I read the Editor's note to Ras Tom Dalgety's letter.

After reading the two contrasting letters, I immediately reflected on a poem by an unknown Author. Kindly allow me space to publish this poem. While the poem does not offer solutions to the problems in Guyana, nevertheless, it suggests that as individuals we continue to miss the mark in order to make our community and our country a better place for all to live in.

Yours faithfully,

Roy (Full name and address provided)


The paradox of our times is that we have taller buildings, but shorter tempers; wider highways, but narrower viewpoints. We buy more, but enjoy it less.

We have bigger houses and smaller families; more conveniences, but less time. We have more advanced degrees, but less common sense; more knowledge, but less good judgement; more medicine, but less wellness.

We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced values. We have higher incomes, but lower morals.

We have been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbour. We've conquered outer space, but inner space is still a mystery to too many of us.

We have cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul. We have split the atom, but not our prejudices.

We talk too much, love too seldom and hate too often.

These are times of steep profits and shallow relationships; world peace, but domestic warfare, more leisure, but less fun, two incomes and more divorce.

It is a time when there is much in the show window and nothing in the stockroom; a time when technology can bring a letter to you in seconds and you can choose either to make a difference or just hit "Delete". (Unknown)