I would like to share this message by George Carlin, American stand-up comedian, social critic, satirist, actor and writer/author, who won five Grammy Awards for his comedy albums, With You.
My mum e-mailed this to me within the week and before I read through it, I thought it was another one of those forwards but is it, really? Does the message hold relevance to the current situation and how people are living their lives today? I will let you be the judge of that.
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 judgement; more experts, yet more problems; more medicine, but less wellness.Â 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. Weâ€™ve learned how to make a living, but not a life. Weâ€™ve added years to life not life to years. Weâ€™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. Weâ€™ve done larger things, but not better things.
Weâ€™ve cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul. Weâ€™ve conquered the atom, but not our prejudice. We write more, but learn less. We plan more, but accomplish less. Weâ€™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.
Give time to love, give time to speak! And give time to share the precious thoughts in your mind. And always remember; life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.