I thought this was very interesting and wanted to share it with my cruisemates friends:
Isn't it amazing that George Carlin - gross and
> mouthy comedian of the 70's and 80's - could write
> something so very eloquent.
> A wonderful Message 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 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
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Yep...it sure sounds like ol George..but never the less..It is soooo true...We all need to stop and smell the roses once and a while..I am so glad that we live a slow paced life and when we say..gotta hurry..only means I gotta get to the bathroom NOW. since its about 50 yards out back..<JK> ....thanks Deb for sharing that with us..it was really good..whoever wrote it....
A very good piece, and oh so true...here is what Snopes has to say....
The true author of the piece is neither George Carlin nor Jeff Dickson, nor is he anonymous. Credit belongs with Dr. Bob Moorehead, former pastor of Seattle's Overlake Christian Church. (He retired in 1998 after 29 years in that post). The essay appeared under the title "The Paradox of Our Age" in Words Aptly Spoken, Dr. Moorehead's 1995 collection of prayers, homilies, and monologues used in his sermons and radio broadcasts.
George Carlin very emphatically denied he had had anything to do with "Paradox," a piece he referred to as "a sappy load of s##t," and posted his comments about being associated with this essay on his own web site.
To each his own.........
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Now THAT'S the George Carlin I know and love.......
A crabby, sarcastic one-ball man whose half-empty/half-full glass has a crack in it, but he still refuses to drink and further upset the delicate balance.....
Just 1 month to go until the "Cruise Cynic Mystery Cruise" ... January 2008