The paradox of our time

Do you know the paradox of our time? This text was written by the US actor and comedian George Carlin (1937-2008) which he wrote after the death of his wife.

 
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.
 
             Life is not measured by the
             number of breaths we take,
             but by the moments that take our breath away.
 
                 GEORGE CARLIN

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