Dalai Lama

“We have bigger houses, but smaller families:
More conveniences, but less time:
We have more degrees, but less sense:
More knowledge, but less judgement:
More experts, but more problems
More medicines, but less healthiness:
We’ve been all the way to the moon and back,
but have trouble crossing the street to meet the new neighbor.
We built more computers to hold more information, to produce more copies than ever, but have less communication.
We have become long on quantity, but short on quality.
These are times of fast food but slow digestion:
Tall man but short character:
Steep profits but shallow relationships.
It is a time when there is much in the window, but nothing in the room.

This quote reminds me so much of people wanting to live the “American dream.” So many people are so wrapped up in wanting more and more that they can’t appreciate what they already have. I feel like this all stems from people constantly competing with one another and needing to out do the person next to them. It’s wonderful if that is something YOU as a person want. If it is your goal to have multiple PhD’s then go for it! But, if it’s something your doing merely because you want to be better than someone else for vain reasons, it’s not realistic. Most importantly, you most likely won’t be happy in the end and a human being’s happiness is worth more than a PhD.

Dalai Lama

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