A poem by George Carlin

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  1. Topher

    Topher allo!

    Go this poem in an email the other day. Makes a lot of sense.

    GEORGE CARLIN POST 9-11 (His wife recently died...) Isn't it amazing
    that George Carlin - gross and mouthy comedian of the 70's and 80's -
    could >write something so very eloquent .and so very appropriate post

    "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 pill s 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.

    Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the
    moments that take our breath away. Can you think of any?


    1. Throw out nonessential numbers. This includes age, weight and
    height. Let the doctor worry about them. That is why you pay him/her.

    2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down.

    3. Keep learning. Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening,
    whatever. Never let the brain idle. " An idle mind is the devil's
    workshop." And the devil's name is Alzheimer's.

    4. Enjoy the simple things.

    5. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath or pee
    your pants.

    6. The tears happen. Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person who
    is with us our entire life is ourselves. Be ALIVE while you are alive.

    7. Surround yourself with what you love, whether it's family, pets,
    keepsakes, music, plants, hobbie s, whatever. Your home is your refuge.

    8. Cherish your health: If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable,
    improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.

    9. Don't take guilt trips. Take a trip to a friends house, to the next
    county, to a foreign country, but NOT to where the guilt is.

    10. Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity.

    `If you don't send this to at least 8 people . who cares?"

    George Carlin

    Live well! Laugh often! Love much! : )
  2. Zamfoo

    Zamfoo Valued Member

    I didn't know Carlin could go that long without swearing but that's a pretty cool thing.
  3. d33pthought

    d33pthought New Member

  4. Topher

    Topher allo!

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