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Monday, September 12, 2011

Wisdom from Dr. Bob Moordhead?

The piece below by George Carlin Dr. Bob Moorehead (see here) has been distributed around the Internet for several years. I thought it was worth posting here again for people that haven't read it. Very profound, very true, very sad.


"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, throw away 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 window and nothing in the stockroom."

13 comments:

John said...

Every time I read these words they still touch me. Thanks for posting them once again.

Steve Wilheir said...

Reminds me a great deal of the Four Hour Workweek. So much time is spent working toward something we hardly ever think of what it is we are working toward and seeing if we're headed closer to that goal or further from it.

* said...

So true of my life. It is hard to get your life laid out in any kind of perspective. I will work on that in the coming months.

Greg said...

I always like reading these words. Thanks for publishing them once again.

Linda said...

There' so much truth in these words!

Peter said...

Absolutely nice post!

Mariana said...

Lovely post

Gretel said...

Absolutely enjoyable

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Susan said...

I have always loved these words

Donna said...

I have always liked these words

Diana said...

Thanks for sharing!

Daniel said...

Loved it! excellent piece of writing