The paradox of our time is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers, wider freeways but narrower viewpoints. We spend more, but have less. We have more knowledge but less judgment.
We think too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry, read too little, watch TV too much. We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. We’ve added years to life, not life to years. We’ve been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble causing the street to meet a new neighbor.
We conquered outer space, but not inner space. We’ve done larger things, but not better things. We plan more, but accomplish less. We’ve learned to rush, but not to wait. We build more computers to hold more information, but we communicate less and 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 fancier cars and modern houses but broken homes! What a mess!
These are the days of disposable diapers and throwaway morality; of recalcitrant military rebels who plot their own destiny in the guise of moving the country ahead. It is a time when there is much in the showroom window and nothing in the stockroom of the inner heart.
For sure humility is wanting in our hearts and definitely love is strange to most. Remember: spend some time with your loved ones, because they are not going to be around forever; say a kind word to someone who looks up to you in awe, because that little person will grow up and leave your side; and hold hands and cherish the moment for someday that person will not be there again.
Give time to love, give time to speak, and give time to share the precious thoughts in your mind. Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away.
This was quoted by Fidel V. Ramos in his book Caring, Sharing, Daring.
This was also shared to us by Dr. Datumanong Sarangani, Executive Vice President of the MSU System, during the FEMSUSSCO Executive Committee Board Meeting at Marawi Campus, November last year. He is one of the most respected pillars of the University. Humble, intelligent, professional, and a loving husband, his name seems to be synonymous with Mindanao State University. He will be retiring this coming September 17th in his 65th birthday. He is one of first batch graduates of MSU.
Salutes to Dr. Datumanong Sarangani. Great moments are yet to come. I’m sure he’ll still be serving MSU in other ways after his retirement. Perhaps as a consultant or as a fatherly mentor.