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.”
Some very interesting thoughts or insights by George Carlin,
a comedian who died in 2008 not long after his wife died.
He seems to really put it to the present society and many
of the things that make up our way of life.
Are we truly walking away from a society that is more
interested in the electronic gadgets that allows an impersonal
way of communication rather than a face to face contact.
I am not condoning the electronic age, but rather concerned
that our communication skills might be returning to the
stone age as far as a warm greeting and a smile to greet us
rather than a buzz to tell us we have an email or a text.
Most everyone in the younger generation says: get used
to it as this is the way it is. That doesn’t mean I can’t be
questioning the quality of communication and how it will
effect the younger generation when it comes time to
communicate with the rest of the town, country or world.
What are your feelings? Do you feel that this is going to
possibly be a problem somewhere down the line? Or do
you feel that this will eventually work itself out as the
younger generation get older like some of the quotes
of the Roman Empire about the problems of their
children, that seemed just like the problematic problems
that existed during all the generations with their children.
What do you think? Please give me your feedback
on just how you feel about this. Is it something that
will just work itself out just like it seemingly has
for so many generations?
John C. Logan