George Carlin, a famous wit and satirist of the 1970s and 1980s, penned this wonderfully powerful piece that is still applicable today

We speak too much, love too little, and hate much too frequently. We know how to survive, but not how to live.

“Today’s contradiction is that we have big structures but low tolerance, vast roadways but confined perspectives.” We spend more yet have less; we purchase more but enjoy it less.

We have larger homes but fewer families, more conveniences but less time. We have more education but less intelligence, more information but a poor appraisal of the issue, more specialists but more difficulties, better medical but worse health.

Drinking too much, smoking too much, spending too carelessly, laughing too little, driving too fast, getting angry too quickly, staying up too late, waking up too exhausted, reading too little, watching too much TV, and praying too little. They upped their claims while decreasing their worth.

We speak too much, love too little, and hate much too frequently. We know how to survive, but not how to live. Adding years to human life, but not years to life.
We returned from the moon, but only after crossing the street and getting to know our new neighbor. We won physical space, but not spiritual space. We do large things, but not always the greatest things.
We purify the air but poison the spirit.
They were able to tame the atom, but not their biases.
We are writing more, but learning less.
We plan more but accomplish less.
I learned to rush rather than wait.

Building new computers that can store more data and generate more copies than ever before, yet interact less and less.

This is a period of fast food and poor digestion, large people and little souls, rapid profits, and strained relationships. A period of increasing family earnings and increasing divorces, gorgeous homes, and damaged homes.

Short distances, throwaway diapers, one-night stands, excess weight, and medicines that do everything: thrill, calm, and kill us. A time of crowded stores and deserted warehouses.

The period when technology permits this email to reach you while also allowing you to share it or simply delete it.

Remember to spend more time with individuals you care about because they will not always be with you.

Remember to remember and lovingly embrace a loved one to you, because this is the one treasure you can gift from the heart, and it costs nothing.

Remember to tell your loved ones “I love you,” but first truly feel it. When given from the heart, kisses and hugs may solve any problem.

Remember to hold hands and enjoy the moments you have together since this person will not be there for you one day.

Take the time to love, to connect, and communicate anything you have to say. Because life is measured not by the number of breaths one takes, but by the times when one’s breath is taken away!”

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