The Paradox of our Time
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
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.
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. I Love You!
Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take,
but by the moments that take our breath away.
To the special people in my life. I am
sending this to you to see how many of you actually read
your email. Is anyone really out there? Your response
will be interesting!
Here it goes:
People come into your life for a reason, a season, or a
When you figure out which it is, you know exactly what
to do. When someone is in your life for a REASON, it is
usually to meet a need you have expressed outwardly or
inwardly. They have come to assist you through a
difficulty, to provide you with guidance and support, to
aid you physically, emotionally or spiritually. They may
seem like a godsend, and they are. They are there for
the reason you need them to be. Then, with out any wrong
doing on your part or an inconvenient time, this person
will say or do something to bring the relationship to an
end. Sometimes they die. Sometimes
they walk away. Sometimes they act up or out and force
you to take a stand. What we must realize is that our
need has been met, our desire fulfilled; their work is
done. The prayer you sent up has been answered and it is
now time to move on.
When people come into your life for a
SEASON, it is because your turn as come to share, grow,
or learn. They may bring you an experience of peace or
make you laugh. They may teach you something you have
never done. They usually give you an unbelievable amount
of joy. Believe it! It is real! But...only for a season.
LIFETIME relationships teach you lifetime
lessons; those things you must build upon in order to
have a solid emotional foundation. Your job is to accept
the lesson, love the person/people (anyway); and put
what you have learned to use in all other relationships
and areas of your life.
It is said that love is blind but
friendship is clairvoyant. Thank you for being a part of
my life. May God hold you in the palm of His hand and
Angels watch over you.
"Tell your heart that the fear of
suffering is worse than the suffering itself," the
alchemist replies. "And that no heart has ever suffered
when it goes in search of its dreams, because every
second of the search is a second's encounter with God
and with eternity."
"Every second of the search is an
encounter with God,' the boy told his heart. 'When I
have been truly searching for my treasure, every day has
been luminous, because I've known that every hour was a
part of the dream that I would find it. When I have been
truly searching for my treasure, I've discovered things
along the way that I would never have had I not had the
courage to try things that seemed impossible for a
shepherd to achieve."