Re-thinking priorities for the new year
Jan 05, 2014 | 2805 views |  0 comments | 89 89 recommendations | email to a friend | print
As we leave the holidays behind and head full force into the new year, it’s a good time to take stock of who we are as a people, and refocus our priorities. In recent weeks and months a number of topics making the rounds in conversations and social media have raised eyebrows about what we think is important.

One of those was a map has made the rounds through emails and social media showing that college football and basketball coaches were the highest-paid public employees in 39 states, a comment about our priorities that should certainly get more attention. Certainly sports figures and entertainers can enrich our lives, but we do wonder about the priorities.

We borrow these thoughts on priorities from an essay published in 1995 by Seattle pastor, Dr. Bob Moorehead. Its age shows. For one thing, cars aren’t as problematic as when he penned these thoughts, nor are incomes on the rise, but they are thoughts worth revisiting as we begin 2014:

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, yet less time; we have more degrees but less sense; more knowledge but less judgment; more experts, yet more problems; we have more gadgets but less satisfaction; more medicine, yet less wellness; we take more vitamins but see fewer results. We drink too much; smoke too much; spend too recklessly; laugh too little; drive too fast; get too angry 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 fly in faster planes to arrive there quicker, to do less and return sooner; we sign more contracts only to realize fewer profits; we talk too much; love too seldom and lie 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 done larger things, but not better things; we've cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul; we've split the atom, but not our prejudice; we write more, but learn less; plan more, but accomplish less; we make faster planes, but longer lines; we learned to rush, but not to wait; we have more weapons, but less peace; higher incomes, but lower morals; more parties, but less fun; more food, but less appeasement; more acquaintances, but fewer friends; more effort, but less success. We build more computers to hold more information, to produce more copies than ever, but have less communication; drive smaller cars that have bigger problems; build larger factories that produce less. We've become long on quantity, but short on quality.

These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion; tall men, but short character; steep in profits, but shallow relationships. These are times of world peace, but domestic warfare; more leisure and less fun; higher postage, but slower mail; more kinds of food, but less nutrition. These are days of two incomes, but more divorces; these are times of fancier houses, but broken homes. These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, cartridge living, thow-away morality, one-night stands, overweight bodies and pills that do everything from cheer, to prevent, quiet or kill. It is a time when there is much in the show window and nothing in the stock room.