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Posted by: Inc | 2004/10/08

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The Paradox...

George Carlin was an American comedian of the 70's and 80's. He was known to be a little foul-mouthed and it is fascinating that after the death ofhis wife and 9-11 he would write the following.

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.

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

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Thanks, Inc, I always enjoyed George Carlin's work, and he's such a wise and gently spoken guy, too. Even the "foul-mouthed" tag wasn't earned. Whereas other comedians used bad words to shock and to draw attention to themselves when they weren't otherwise very good, his notorious monologue was a reflection about which are the Bad Words that the American TV networks forbad anyone to say, and what was supposed to make words bad.
And thanks for giving us this excellent smmary of some of his viewpoints. I wish they'd broadcast some of his performances on TV here, it's be a national blessing !

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Posted by: Lucia | 2004/10/08

Eina ! - Makes you sit and they hey ?

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