Isn't it amazing that George Carlin - gross and mouthy comedian of the 70's and 80's - could write something so very eloquent...and so very appropriate.
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.
AND ALWAYS REMEMBER:
Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.
Not a truer word spoken!
all of that is so true, if you have nothing you have nothing to lose
All true- but not George Carlin. George is still a commie bastard. A funny commie bastard, but a commie bastard nonetheless. This was anonymous, but first credit was to Bob Moorehead, A pastor at Overlake Christian Church. Later left said church after being accused of molesting several male youths in the parish. (See? Not just catholic priests)
None of this makes any of it any less true. I just hate to see it attributed to someone like Carlin, who is a dumbass. Still, a funny dumbass.
Thank og for the info
I just got this as a forwarded-email, with the preface that Carlin wrote this upon the recent death of his wife. Is this true? How can I send him my condolences? He mentioned in his act how much she meant to him and how she ''saved'' him.
Novelene, read og's comment above. I was also sent this as an email so do not know the truth of it.
You can also do a *snopes* search to find out how true or not it is.
Each and every detail is so true and can be taken in for further interpretation.
Regarding George Carlin: While I don't agree with all of his (for the most part negative) premises necessarily, I am happy and heartened by some of his conclusions and proposals. One might think that perhaps the man has grown, and that would be to the good; however, read on. Hardly the guy to be lecturing us, although (repeating myself) I do like some of his later sentiments in the missive sent to us.
I remember laughing at his stuff, while in high school, but also remember being disappointed at some of his other sentiments and actions, e.g. from 2005's Life Is Worth Losing:
· “Human beings will do anything, anything. I am convinced. That's why when all those beheadings started in Iraq it didn't bother me”.
· “I have absolutely no sympathy for human beings whatsoever. None. And no matter what kind of problem humans are facing, whether it's natural or man-made, I always hope it gets worse. Don't you? Don't you? Don't you have a part of you, a part of you that secretly hopes everything gets worse? When you see a big fire on TV... don't you hope it spreads? Don't you hope it gets completely out of control and burns down six counties? You don't root for the firemen do you? I mean I don't want them to get hurt or nothing, but I don't want them to put out my fire. That's my fire - that's nature showing off and having fun. I like fires.”
And if you think that perhaps he has mellowed since 2005, you need only look to last week's video-captured statement “Wildfire victims getting what’s coming to them, says Carlin”
I also think some of his premises come from hanging around Hollywood too much e.g. "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."
So remember, hug your loved ones (as long as they haven't been burnt or beheaded). Thanks George.
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