While George Carlin wrote this 10 years ago, he’s still the master of social satire. Carlin called this Something To Ponder.
It still resonates.
‘The paradox of our time is that we have taller buildings, but shorter tempers. Wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints. We spend 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’ve learned how to make a living, but not a life. We conquered outer space but not inner space. We’ve done larger things, but not better things. We’ve multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often.
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.
These are the times of big men and small character. Steep profits and shallow relationships. Two incomes, but more divorce. Fancier houses, but broken homes. Disposable diapers and throwaway morality.
Remember to 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 hold hands and cherish the moment. Give time to love, give time to speak! Remember, to say, ‘I love you’ to your partner and loved ones. But most of all, mean it. And always remember, life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by those moments that take our breath away.’