Monday, October 15, 2007

A Thought for Monday-UPDATED

In my haste to post today, I cheated on my cardinal rules of blogging. I failed to research this "email" and subsequentially I was provided the proof that George Carlin did not write this piece. Thanks to cmk for the heads up and my apologies to Dr. Morehead. You can find the full explanation here.

But then again this is the Internet where all things, just like the MSM, doesn't need truth or validation. But when George posts on his website he states, "One of the more embarrassing items making the internet/e-mail rounds is a sappy load of shit called "The Paradox of Our Time." The main problem I have with it is that as true as some of the expressed sentiments may be, who really gives a shit? Certainly not me."

All-in-all this Paradox of Our Time is a good read, regardless of who wrote it. So that's the explanation!

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.

Amen George, amen...

5 comments:

Kristine said...

I've always been a huge George Carlin fan. What you've posted here only cements my admiration for him.

Angie Lee said...

Regardless who wrote it, it's true. Cherish every moment because they're all moments you'll never get back and the possibility is all too real that you won't have a chance at any more. It can be gone in a moment.

Peace, D.

meleah rebeccah said...

"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."

dood! That's ME!

Callie said...

Yeah..I was corrected on it as well I borrowed it for Sunday School Class from your site.

:)

callie

Ordinary Janet said...

That gives people something to think about, at least. I know it gave me something to think about.