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The Paradox of our Time

Posted by janet c. on 7/08/01 at 15:12 (052475)

- A friend sent this to me in am e-mail, and I thought it was worth sharing...

The Paradox of our Time 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, throw-away 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 show 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 some day that person will not be there again. Give time to Love, give time to speak, give time to share the precious thoughts in your mind.

To all my friends in my life, thanks for being there.

Written by George Carlin

Re: The Paradox of our Time

Donna M on 7/08/01 at 23:53 (052504)

Hi Janet,
I also was sent this by a friend and I'm really glad they sent it to me! There is so much truth in every word of it.
Our world would be so much better if we would all just slow down and take time to smell the roses and also treat other people like we want to be treated!!
You know when you make someone else happy, you just feel good all over! Maybe we all need to try to do that more often. Sure might make for less violence in the world!!
I'm glad you shared that with everyone here. I'm sure most everyone will like it also!

Take Care,

Donna

Re: The Paradox of our Time

Laurie R on 7/09/01 at 00:14 (052507)

Dear Janet, Thank you very much for sharing this with us ... I with you Donna ,we all can do something nice for someone else . It always makes me feel good. Their is a lot of truth in this ...I try to always treat people the way I like to be treated.... My best to everyone...Laurie R

Re: The Paradox of our Time

Donna M on 7/08/01 at 23:53 (052504)

Hi Janet,
I also was sent this by a friend and I'm really glad they sent it to me! There is so much truth in every word of it.
Our world would be so much better if we would all just slow down and take time to smell the roses and also treat other people like we want to be treated!!
You know when you make someone else happy, you just feel good all over! Maybe we all need to try to do that more often. Sure might make for less violence in the world!!
I'm glad you shared that with everyone here. I'm sure most everyone will like it also!

Take Care,

Donna

Re: The Paradox of our Time

Laurie R on 7/09/01 at 00:14 (052507)

Dear Janet, Thank you very much for sharing this with us ... I with you Donna ,we all can do something nice for someone else . It always makes me feel good. Their is a lot of truth in this ...I try to always treat people the way I like to be treated.... My best to everyone...Laurie R