Circular "window" in a brick wall, Utrecht, The Netherlands.
"The Paradox of our Age," by the Dalai Lama, hanging in a residence window in Utrecht:
"We have bigger houses, but smaller familes
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 neighbour.
We built more computers to hold more information than ever
but have less communication.
We have become long on quantity
but short on quality.
These are times of fast foods
but slow digestion;
tall men, but short character;
steep profits but shallow relationships.
It is a time when there is much in the window
but nothing in the room."
Sign in the window: "I love communicating."
"7 days, more light" etched in frosted glass on a shop window in Delft.
The famous Leonard Cohen quote, highlighted in this advertising sign in Utrecht.
Meanwhile, the class war in America continues, with the rich calling for the overburdened poor and middle-class to pay more. Jon Stewart slams the GOP pundits and Fox "News" cheerleaders for their idiocy.
The despicable US Chamber of Commerce is lobbying the "Supercongress" to reform Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, simply so the rich won't have to pay higher taxes. As if that's not bad enough, shockingly even our Democratic president is calling for cuts to Medicaid and Social Security - although neither program has anything to do with the US budget woes. Not only did the president not stand up to Republican hostage-takers during the debt crisis negotiations, now he wants to cut Democratic entitlement programs to which we have contributed our payroll taxes all our working lives??!! Really not feeling the love, Mr. President.