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(E) The Paradox of Our Time - George Carlin
By Nenad N. Bach | Published  09/3/2002 | Humor And Wisdom | Unrated
(E) The Paradox of Our Time - George Carlin

 

We LaughToo Little

 

The paradox of our time in history is that we
have taller buildings but shorter tempers, wider
freeways, but narrower viewpoints. We spend more,
but have less. We buy more, but enjoy less. We have
bigger houses and smaller families, more
conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees
but less sense, more knowledge, but less judgment,
more experts, yet more problems, more medicine, but
less wellness. 


We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too
recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get
too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read
too little, watch TV too much, and pray too
seldom. We have multiplied our possessions, but
reduced our values. We talk too much, love too
seldom, and hate too often. We've learned how to make
a living, but not a life. We've added years to life
not life to years. 


We've been all the way to the moon and back,
but have trouble crossing 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've cleaned up the air, but polluted the
soul. We've conquered the atom, but not our
prejudice. We write more, but learn less. We plan
more, but accomplish less. We've learned to rush,
but not to wait. We build more computers to hold
more information, to produce more copies than ever,
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 two incomes but more divorce, fancier
houses, but broken homes. These are days of quick
trips, disposable diapers, throwaway morality, one
night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that do
everything from cheer, to quiet, to kill. It is a
time when there is much in the showroom window and
nothing in the stockroom. A time when technology can
bring this letter to you, and a time when you can
choose either to share this insight, or to just hit
delete. 


Remember, spend some time with your loved
ones, because they are not going to be around
forever. Remember, say a kind word to someone who
looks up to you in awe, because that little person
soon will grow up and leave your side. Remember, to
give a warm hug to the one next to you, because that
is the only treasure you can give with your heart
and it doesn't cost a cent. 


Remember, to say, "I love you" to your partner
and your loved ones, but most of all mean it. A kiss
and an embrace will mend hurt when it comes from
deep inside of you. remember to 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. 


Don't go through life; grow through life.

(by G. Carlin)

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