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The Paradox of Our Time  ---By George Carlin

(2008-05-31 09:25:05)
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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 judgement; 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. We are long on quantity, but short on quality.

    These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion; big men and small character; steep profits and shallow relationships. These are the times of world peace, but domestic warfare; more leisure, but less fun; more kinds of food, but less nutrition.

    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 show 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.

    Give time to love, give time to speak, give time to share the precious thoughts in your mind.

 

 

我们这个时代充满着矛盾:楼房高了,脾气却变糟了;高速公路拓宽了,思想却狭隘了。花钱多了,得到的却少了;买的东西多了,情趣却少了;住房大了,家庭却小了;便利多了,时间却少了;学位证书多了,常识却少了;知识多了,评判能力却少了;专家多了,问题却多了;药物多了,健康却每况愈下。

 

    我们喝酒太多、抽烟太多,花钱太随便,笑声很少见,车子开得太快,生气太容易,起得很晚,起时却太累,读书太少,电视看得太多,祈祷做得太少。

 

    我们聚敛了大量物质财富,自我价值却削弱了。话说得太多,真爱很少见,怨恨太常见;我们学会了如何谋生,却不懂得怎么过日子;我们长寿了,但活得没劲。

 

    我们已经能够往返于地球与月球之间,然而穿过马路见见新邻居却犯难。我们征服了外层空间,却没有征服内心世界。我们做的事情很大气,却没有做得更好。

 

    我们净化了空气,却污染了灵魂;征服了原子,却没有克服自己的偏见;写得不少,学得却不多;计划多了,完成得却少了;学会了赶时间,却没学会等待。

 

    为了存储更多的信息以拷贝更多的文件,我们生产的电脑多了,而我们之间的相互交流却越来越少。我们拥有了数量,但缺乏质量。

 

    这是一个食品快餐化和消化迟缓化的时代;一个体格高大和人格病态的时代;一个追名逐利和世态炎凉的时代;这是一个世界和平,国内战争的时代;这是一个休闲多了,乐趣却少了;也是一个食品种类多了,营养少了的时代。

 

    双薪家庭增加了,离婚率却多了;居室装修华丽,家庭却残缺破碎。

 

    旅行快捷了,尿布只用一次,道德品质丧失了,看台也是一次性的,身体超重,什么药丸都有:兴奋的,镇静的,杀人的。

 

    在这个时代里,值得炫耀的东西太多,值得珍藏的东西太少;在这个时代里,科技能将这封信件送给你;在这个时代里,你也可以选择点击鼠标分享这一洞见,也可以立马将它删除。

 

    记住:要多与自己所爱的人在一起,因为他们并不能永远和你在一起过日子。

 

    记住:对敬重你的人说句温言,因为那个小人物终究会长大并离开你的身边。

 

    记住:热情地拥抱你身边的那位,因为这是你唯一能够用心给予而且不费吹灰之力之举的珍贵礼物。

 

    记住:向你的伴侣和你所爱的人说声“我爱你”,但是,最重要的是,要言行一致。

 

    如果一吻一抱都发自内心,那么这一吻一抱就能医治内心的创伤。

 

    请腾出时间去爱,腾出时间去倾诉,腾出时间去与他人分享你内心宝贵的想法

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