Think about it…

The Paradox of our Time
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 it 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 met the new neighbor. We’ve 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, 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 time of fast foods and slow digestion, big men and small character, steep profits and shallow relationships.

These are the times of world “peace” but constant conflict, more leisure but less enjoyment, more kinds of food but less nutrition. 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 cheer to quiet, to kill.

It is time when there is much in the show window and nothing in the stockroom, a time when technology can bring this letter to you, and ad time when you can choose either to share this insight, or to just hit delete.

Maybe reading this will make you realize that all this is true, but will it make a difference??????


  1. Erin said:

    I have been trying to simplify my life too, but the more I simplify, the more my mom buys to replace it — STOP! My house is a two bedroom place with a storage shed and it’s all full! And I LIVE ALONE! No more stuff. I am already trying to get rid of some. I donated a bunch of things to Junior Leagues here – they have a huge rummage sale and sell the stuff (that’s where my old stereo ended up, along with my $40 espresso machine that no one wanted, sigh). It is time for spring cleaning and major weeding out… starting with my old computers!

    May 18, 2004
  2. La said:

    I really like this…maybe it’s time to simplify- get rid of stuff and concentrate more on people- say I love you more, share more, make people feel good…I did not turn my computer on all weekend (until late last night) and it felt some what liberating to "let it go"- I spent all day outside- planting flowers, weeding the garden, helping a neighbor, taking stuff I have and finding new uses for it instead of buying more- this is what life is all about. I hope we all simplify more because it isn’t about the stuff- it’s about the relationships. Go out and have some fun together! PS- I love you all and wish good things to all of you.

    May 17, 2004

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