Essay The Paradox Of Our Time

1008 Words Dec 3rd, 2016 5 Pages
I Am Because You Are
“Perception is reality” that’s the philosophy we preach and practice in our paradoxical world; image is everything, put your best foot forward, and your first impression is primary. We were taught these ideas growing up and it has been instilled in our conscious. Thinking of the contrary is something that’s hard to do. We conform to the standards and ideas of our society ever-more, and believe that reality is not reality unless acknowledged. We judge and confront people by their extrinsic values: credit score, external beauty, wealth, and culture. A very famous essay, The Paradox of Our Time, beautifully points out the paradox of our day-to-day lives: “We have taller buildings, but shorter tempers, wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints. We spend more, but have less. We have bigger houses and smaller families, more conveniences, but less time. We buy more, enjoy it less. These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion, big men and small character, steep profits and shallow relationships. These are the days of two incomes but more divorce, fancier houses, but broken homes. We’ve been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet our neighbors. We’ve conquered outer space, but not inner space. We’ve split the atom, but not our prejudice.” While the idea of “perception is reality” is important and a necessity when it comes to survival and success in today’s greed driven society, we cannot conform to the…

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