An Observation to Remember for Our Independence Day

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George Carlin’s wife died early in 2008 and George followed her, dying in July 2008.

Carlin – comedian of the 70’s and 80’s – could write so very eloquently and appropriately.

He is best known for his profanity — something that may have limited his still rather large following.

He was also blessed with a sense of wisdom that would get most people thinking.

Getting people to think is something we all can support… even if a bitterly laced with profanity.

Medicine can be bitter but it still does its job — and God will use whatever He can to get our attention, even if through the devil himself (or have you forgotten that God created the devil as well?)

Though many of us can’t listen to Carlin for more than a minute or two before both our souls and spirits have had enough for more than a day, we still can see his genius.

In his later years, Carlin seemed to forget profanity long enough to pen the following observation, reflecting both his genius as well as his wisdom.

His observation seems to take on more value each year as well…

An Observation
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,
(my note: perhaps wisdom would be better,
not judgement
more experts, yet more problems,
more medicine, but less wellness.

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
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.

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

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.

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.

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,
life is not measured by the number of breaths we take,
but by those moments that take our breath away.

~ George Carlin


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