The Paradox of Life

I have to share this very  perceptive thoughtful essay by George Carlin… a comedian of the 70s and 80s. It speaks for itself

The Paradox of our Time
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 it 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, but 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 too quickly
We stay up too late,
get up too tired,
read too seldom,
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 the new neighbor.
We’ve 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 split 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 have less communication
These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion
Tall men, and short characters
Steep profits, and shallow relationships
These are the times of world peace, but domestic warfare
More leisure, but less fun
More kinds of food, but less nutrition
These are days of two incomes, but more divorce
Of fancier houses, but broken homes
These are days of quick trips,
disposable diapers,
throw-away 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 show 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.


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