only the teachable." —Aldous Huxley
GEORGE CARLIN'S PARADOXES
Although I recently miscredited a quote to Kurt Vonegut, I am going to stick my
neck out and pass along these words of wisdom supposedly from 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 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
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.
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.
Speaking of George Carlin, check out the Beginnings Workshop on "Humor"
in the Exchange Bookstore at www.ChildCareExchange.com.