George Carlin Paradox
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.
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, 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 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...
-- George Carlin
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