These are times of fast foods,but slow digestion!

I usually end each of my entries with a quote, but this time, it is the way I will begin:

“We have bigger houses but smaller families;
We have more degrees but less sense;
more knowledge but less judgements;
more experts but more problems;
more medicines, but less healthiness.

We’ve been all the way to the moon and back,

but we have trouble crossing the street
to meet the new neighbour.
We build more computers to hold more information,
to produce more copies than ever,
but we have less communication.

We have become long on quantity
but short on quality.
These are times of fast foods,but slow digestion;
tall man, but short character;
steep profits, but shallow relationships.
It is time when there is much in the window
but nothing in the room.” – The Dalai Lama

I found this a few days ago, as I was searching for a quote for our last blog, the first of our Samoa blogs. I read it the first time, and felt a knot in my throat; I read it a second time and felt a throb in my solar plexus; I read it a third time, and the tears ran down my face. I read it a fourth time and just felt very, very sad.

There is so very much about what the Dalai Lama states, that is tragically so very true. We seem to have come so far, yet we seem to have learned so little. In a time when we have so much more physically, we seem to have so much less spiritually and emotionally. The question is: Where do we go to from here? How do we move forward in a positive way? How do we make helping people a meaningful priority rather than conveniently ignoring them when they are in need? When do we stop throwing cigarette butts on the ground because someone is watching us instead of because of the fact that they take 200 years to decompose and damage our earth? When do we stop buying material goods when what we have is adequate? When do we refrain from buying a car that is the next model up, as the one we currently have suffices? When do we say NO, enough is enough?

I am neither an optimist nor a pessimist, and regard myself as a realist, but I cannot help but wonder what the future holds and will bring for our future generations -our children’s children. In the future, where having “everything” will come easy, or easier than now, when we have 3 houses, 2 holiday houses, 5 computers, 5 cars, all the computer games we can get our hands on, the latest 4 mobile phones, i-phones and whatever else comes out next…..what do we then aspire towards? What next?

It is indeed a time when there is “much in the window but nothing in the room.”


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Ombretta (Ombi) Zanetti is a co-founder of She has been travelling the world since 1989 and since 1999 with her partner, Alex, who hails from Ecuador. They both like to venture to the lesser known places. Ombi shares her passion for different cultures through her travel stories and Alex through his lens. Come take a detour or two with them!

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