The Paradox Of Our Time

(This is the same George Carlin who was the gross and mouthy comedian of the '70s and '80s!)

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 but smaller families, more conveniences but less time. We have more college degrees but less common sense, more knowledge but less wisdom, more experts but no less problems, more medicine but less wellness.

We drink and 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 our life, but not life to our 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 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 before, but we communicate less and less. These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion, big people 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 the 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 you this letter, and a time when you can choose either to share this insight or just hit delete.

Remember to spend some time with your loved ones because they are not going to be around forever. Remember to say a kind word to those who look up to you because they soon will grow up and leave your side. Remember to give a warm hug to the people near 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 some day that person will no longer be there to share it with you. Give time to love, give time to speak, and give time to share the precious thoughts in your mind and feelings in your heart.

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