Updated: Jan 2, 2020
The paradox of our time is that we have bigger buildings,
but shorter nerves; wider paths but narrower views;
we spend more and we have less;
we buy more - we enjoy less;
We have bigger houses and smaller families;
more comfort and less time;
we have more university degrees but less minds;
more knowledge and less judgment;
more professionals and even more problems;
more knowledge in medicine and less health.
We drink too much, we smoke too much, we spend reckless,
we laugh too little, we drive too fast, we get angry slightly,
we go to sleep too late, we get tired, we don't read enough,
we watch TV too much. We rarely pray.
We have increased our holdings, but we have diminished our values.
We talk too much, we love too little, we hate too often.
We learned how to survive, but not how to live.
We add years to life, but not life to years.
We travelled to the moon but our problem is to go across the street andmeet a new neighbor. We manage the outer space
but not internal. We did big but not better things.
We purified the air and polluted the soul.
We broke the atom but not our prejudices.
We write more but we learn less. We plan more but accomplish less.
We learned to rush but not to wait. We have higher earnings but also lower morale.
We have more food and we are increasingly ungrateful.
We build stronger computers with more memory
but we talk less and less. We strive for more quantity
and we forget about quality.
This is the time of fast food and slow digestion; the time of
great people and small characters; the time of fast earnings and superficial relationships.
This is the time of peace in the world, and of war at home; the time of
lot of leisure time and a little enjoyment.
The time of varied food and poor nutrition.
There are fewer financial problems in marriage but more divorces;
more and more luxury homes but also separated homes;
these are days of fast travel, scarce clothing and low morale;
fat people, and pills that can do anything - to cheer you up, to numb you or kill you.
Spend as much time with your loved ones as they will not be there forever. Say a kind word to someone who looks down at you with awe, because that little person is about to grow up and leave. Remember to give a warm hug to the one near you, because it is the only treasure you can give with your heart and it costs you nothing. Remember to say "I love you" to your partner and your loved ones, but most of all honestly think so. A kiss and a hug will cure any injury if they come deep from the heart. Remember to hold hands and appreciate the moments when you are together, because one day that person will not be there. Find the time to love, find the time to talk, and find the time to share your precious thoughts with others.
Laugh often, long and honestly. Laugh until you lose your breath. Tears are happening. Endure, get over, survive! Tell the people you love to love them, at every opportunity, because life is measured not by the number of breaths we breathe but by the moments that take our breath away.
Author: George Carlin
Foto: Unsplash / Tyler Nix