December 12, 2009 2:11am CST
Isn't it something that George Carlin, comedian of the 70's and 80's could write something so eloquent and so very appropriate. 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. 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. AND ALWAYS REMEMBER: Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. Truer words have never been spoken. Maybe if we start living our lives in 2010 the way we should be our lives will be happier, healthly and more spiritual. Your thoughts and comments are welcomed.
• United States
12 Dec 09
If I remember correctly, I always enjoyed George, his sense of humor struck a bell with me. I have read the statement you quoted before and he did seem to hit the mark with it. My only question is that most of it would be true through out man's civilization. Of course you would have to disregard the tech stuff. But humans haven't really changed much.
• Puerto Rico
12 Dec 09
He was my favorite comedian back in the day. He passed away a year in half ago at the age of 71. He was the one comedian that told you like it was and didn't care what others thought. I think human have changed alot. Back in the day family lived and stay closer to each other. Now aday many family have split up living thru out the states. In the fifty and sixty people were more family oriented with the the mother staying home to take care of the kids and the house. They would also all sit around in the living room and watch TV together. Now adays kids have their own TV in their own rooms and the parents have to work two jobs. I think there is a big disconnect in families today and that is not a good thing at all in my opinion. Thanks for your response.
• Anantapur, India
13 Dec 09
hi lelin, sorry i could not read all the matter which you have discussed but i know it is regarding comedian,i have seen movies of laurel and hardy and jerry luis in my college days,i have seen some movies jerry luis i like his movies,you are talking about films of 1970 time,so if you know him and his movies let me know some details of him,have a nice day