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wolfdancer
01-06-2005, 01:30 PM
My favorite "cousin Carol" sent me this:

by GEORGE CARLIN
(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



A wonderful Message 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,
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 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. 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.

AND ALWAYS REMEMBER:

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


George Carlin

SnakebyteXX
01-06-2005, 02:21 PM
It's an interesting piece but Carlin didn't write it.

[ QUOTE ]
The true author of the piece is neither George Carlin nor Jeff Dickson, nor is he anonymous. Credit belongs with Dr. Bob Moorehead, former pastor of Seattle's Overlake Christian Church. (He retired in 1998 after 29 years in that post). The essay appeared under the title "The Paradox of Our Age" in Words Aptly Spoken, Dr. Moorehead's 1995 collection of prayers, homilies, and monologues used in his sermons and radio broadcasts <hr /></blockquote>

Link (http://www.snopes.com/politics/soapbox/paradox.asp)

Rich R.
01-07-2005, 06:27 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote SnakebyteXX:</font><hr> It's an interesting piece but Carlin didn't write it.

&lt;/font&gt;&lt;blockquote&gt;&lt;font class="small"&gt;Quote:&lt;/font&gt;&lt;hr /&gt;
The true author of the piece is neither George Carlin nor Jeff Dickson, nor is he anonymous. Credit belongs with Dr. Bob Moorehead, former pastor of Seattle's Overlake Christian Church. (He retired in 1998 after 29 years in that post). The essay appeared under the title "The Paradox of Our Age" in Words Aptly Spoken, Dr. Moorehead's 1995 collection of prayers, homilies, and monologues used in his sermons and radio broadcasts <hr /></blockquote>

Link (http://www.snopes.com/politics/soapbox/paradox.asp) <hr /></blockquote>
Are you sure he didn't steal it from Carlin.
I heard that priests and ministers quote George Carlin all the time. /ccboard/images/graemlins/blush.gif /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif

SnakebyteXX
01-07-2005, 06:34 AM
[ QUOTE ]
Are you sure he didn't steal it from Carlin.
<hr /></blockquote>

Yeah... Pretty sure.

From Carlin's website:

[ QUOTE ]
"PARADOX OF OUR TIME"
One of the more embarrassing items making the internet/e-mail rounds is a sappy load of [censored] called "The Paradox of Our Time." The main problem I have with it is that as true as some of the expressed sentiments may be, who really gives a [censored]? Certainly not me.

I figured out years ago that the human species is totally [censored] and has been for a long time. I also know that the sick, media-consumer culture in America continues to make this so-called problem worse. But the trick, folks, is not to give a [censored]. Like me. I really don't care. I stopped worrying about all this temporal bullshit a long time ago. It's meaningless. (See the preface of "Braindroppings.")

Another problem I have with "Paradox" is that the ideas are all expressed in a sort of pseudo-spiritual, New-Age-y, "Gee-whiz-can't-we-do-better-than-this" tone of voice. It's not only bad prose and poetry, it's weak philosophy. I hope I never sound like that.

<hr /></blockquote>

link (http://www.snopes.com/politics/soapbox/paradox.asp#carlin)

sack316
01-07-2005, 10:54 AM
hmmm, his quote was funny because he was on either Leno or Conan and his bit was something along those lines. Not anywhere near the exact quote, but some of the message was the same. Either way, Carlin still rocks my face off.... and it's awesome alot of the changes he's made in his life

Gayle in MD
01-08-2005, 07:42 AM
I thought George Carlin was an atheist? /ccboard/images/graemlins/confused.gif

Ross
01-08-2005, 11:23 AM
Gayle, did you read the other replies? Carlin didn't write the piece.

Gayle in MD
01-08-2005, 07:42 PM
LOL, no, I didn't, thanks, I thought something wasn't right!

Gayle /ccboard/images/graemlins/blush.gif

Mr Ingrate
01-09-2005, 02:27 PM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Gayle in MD:</font><hr> I thought George Carlin was an atheist? /ccboard/images/graemlins/confused.gif <hr /></blockquote>Gayle,

George Carlin doesn't belive in religion or its description of God. That doesn't make him an athiest. I would call him a realist.

wolfdancer
01-09-2005, 02:47 PM
Dave, nice to see you posting again...I've been worried about you, praying for you, and just last week lit a candle for you...well, we also had a blackout...but it's the thought that counts

Gayle in MD
01-09-2005, 06:55 PM
Thank you,
I must have misunderstood his meaning in one his great performances, aired on HBO.

You are right, though, not believing in organized religeon, or its description of God, does not make one an atheist.

Gayle in Md.

Mr Ingrate
01-10-2005, 05:12 PM
Hi Jack,

I'm posting at my normal pace of about 100 or less per year. I'll never make PooBah since I wouldn't want to inflict that number of my postings on anyone. I'm always ready to offer my support to anyone who finds religion incomprehensible.

We got snow and ice in Victoria --- what's this world coming to? Where's this so called global warming everyone is so worried about? Could use a little now as temperatures hover around +2 celsius.