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…

spend some time
with your loved ones,
because they are not going
to be around forever.

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.

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.


Life is not measured
by the number
of breaths we take,
but by the moments
that take our breath away.

George Carlin


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