Wednesday, November 28, 2007

[Essay] The Paradox Of Our Time In History

I got this from an e-mail message and I believe this one is worth sharing not only to the people in my address book but to the whole world as well.  It is a really simple message but if you really read the quoted passage below, you’ll be amazed at how much you can learn from it and hopefully do something to prove this man wrong.  As for me, I’m going to try. 

            “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 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 our 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.
            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 the 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 and nothing in the stockroom. 

            Remember to spend some time with your loved ones, because they are not going to be around forever.  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 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. 

And always remember that life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” – George Carlin, a Comedian of the 70’s and 80’s.

Yeah, I’ll try to be a little bit more patient everyday, to spend only on the things I need and can actually enjoy, to get at least eight to ten hours of sleep every night by sleeping early and yes, waking up early for a little quiet time for myself while having breakfast in the garden, with the calming sound of bird song accompanying the rising sun as I give thanks for the mere fact that I’m still alive to enjoy another quiet breakfast in my garden… another day to enjoy, explore, and do the things I love to do.  Another day to kiss and hug those I love… another day to just be and to enjoy quiet moments like these before the world wakes up and I have to go about the rest of the day in a mild whirlwind of deadline pressures, of the incessant ringing of the telephone, and of people rushing to and fro.

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