A Message by George Carlin

Friday, June 27, 2008

I really wanted to write about the last couple of very stressful days, but I'm on my way out to see the Hulk movie (took today and monday off-tuesday is Canada Day, so I'll have an extra long, much needed, weekend). I'll post my impression of it later.

For now, read the message below. I got it by email earlier in the week.


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 neighbour.

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.


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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Dev said...

I've always loved this. I actually have it taped to my cabinet at work. Thanks for sharing :-)

What did you think of Hell's Kitchen? Were you surprised by who Chef Ramsay picked as the final two?

raine said...

I loved George.

vanessa jaye said...

It really is, I don't know if 'inspiring' is the right word, but it does make one pause and think about what's important.

Would you believe I missed this week's episode? It was such a crazy week, I didn't even realize I missed the episode until Thursday.

Given that Christina has won so many of the challenges, I guess I'm not surprised that Corey went. Even though she did win more challenges than Petrozza, he's just been cruising under the radar all along, he's always come across of calm and competent and the only thing that Chef has complained about him is his sloppiness.

Since I really did think Christina would go before Corey, I'm not too sure if Petrozza is going to win after all. Then again, it would have been an easier call between Corey and Petrozza, the producers know they have to keep that element of suspense right up until the very end.

I'm definitely looking forward to Tuesday episode. (and I just realized Top Chef is on Tuesday on the FoodNetwork, so I'll be starting to watch that one now. *g*)

vanessa jaye said...

Raine, I think some of the best comedians base their acts on truths (particularly those truths we 'think' but don't say out loud).

George is/was definitely one of the best. Laurie Likes Books has a vid up of his 'A Place for My Stuff' routine.


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