Paradox of our Time

Published November 26, 2012 by Lunapo

The following is a piece credited to the late (great) George Carlin. It was supposedly written after the passing of his wife. It actually is the work of Dr. Moorehead, a writer and minister from Washington. No matter who it’s by, it’s a lovely piece and deserves some attention. Especially with the passing of Brown Thursday and Black Friday, coming into the madness that is Cyber Monday. The consumerism of our times have driven us to care more for what we have and less for who we have. I’ll admit, I love my stuff. But if I didn’t have my husband to share all of my stuff with, I wouldn’t enjoy any of it as much.

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 stock room.

 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.

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