[Vision2020] A Wonderful Message by George Carlin

Thomas Hansen tomh@FNA.fsn.uidaho.edu
Wed, 22 Jan 2003 09:11:47 -0800

Although this may discredit my source, I believe that the quote (whoever
said it) is very appropriate.

Tom Hansen
Moscow, Idaho

-----Original Message-----
From: Ron Force [mailto:rforce@moscow.com]
Sent: Wednesday, January 22, 2003 9:10 AM
To: Vision2020
Subject: RE: [Vision2020] A Wonderful Message by George Carlin

Not only did George Carlin not write this, he specifically disclaims it:


"One of the more embarrassing items making the internet/e-mail rounds is a
sappy load of shit called "The Paradox of Our Time." The main problem I have
with it is that as true as some of the expressed sentiments may be, who
really gives a shit? Certainly not me...

Another problem I have with "Paradox" is that the ideas are all expressed in
a sort of pseudo-spiritual, New-Age-y,
"Gee-whiz-can't-we-do-better-than-this" tone of voice. It's not only bad
prose and poetry, it's weak philosophy. I hope I never sound like that."

Ron Force	      	  rforce@moscow.com
Moscow Idaho USA

> -----Original Message-----
> From: vision2020-admin@moscow.com [mailto:vision2020-admin@moscow.com]On
> Behalf Of Tom Hansen
> Sent: Tuesday, January 21, 2003 5:45 PM
> To: Jay Becker; Vision2020; Richard Nagy; Richard Lewis; Janet; Cynthia
> Pierce
> Subject: [Vision2020] A Wonderful Message by George Carlin
> Isn't it amazing that the George Carlin (gross and mouthy comedian of the
> 70's and 80's) could write something so very eloquent... and so very
> appropriate post 9/11.  He is a genius at writing about the ironies and
> contradictions in our society.
> -------------------------------------------------------------------
> 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 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.
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> ---------
> Tom Hansen
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