The Paradox of Our Time in History by George Carlin

Quoting my cousin, who sent this to my Dad,

“…wanted to send you an item from the recently deceased George
Carlin. The article was written immediately post 9-11 which was shortly
after his own wife had died. It is titled “The Paradox of our time in
History” and is quite eloquent and inspirational….compared to his more
famous notoriety.”

A Message by George Carlin
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.

…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 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. Give time to love, give time to speak, and
give time to share the precious thoughts in your mind.

There’s more — “tips for how to stay young”. I’ll save that for another post. There’s plenty here to ruminate on!

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2 Responses to The Paradox of Our Time in History by George Carlin

  1. Robin says:

    Hi Bets,Wow, that speaks a deep truth doesn’t it?

    Like

  2. Kim says:

    You know, I’ve always liked George Carlin….even when I was not allowed to listen to him.:) I don’t agree with him on many, many things, but he does offer amazing insight and perspective.

    Like

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