George Carlin on Values

Comic philosopher Carlin, who recently lost his wife, felt especially 

poignant when he wrote this gem about his longstanding 

serio-comic complaints with society and where true value lies.


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, & 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 & 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 & less.

These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion, big men & small character, steep 

profits & 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, & pills that do everything from cheer, to quiet, to kill. It is a time when there is much in the showroom window & nothing in the stockroom. A time when technology can bring this letter to you, & 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 & 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 & 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.

If you don't send this to at least 8 people ... Who cares?

 - George Carlin

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