As we look closely around us we will be able to recognize that LIFE is indeed a PARADOX. Now what do we mean by a Paradox? A paradox is “a statement that seems self-contradictory, but actually contains the truth.” Some examples are : 1) “I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love.”- (Mother Teresa) 2) Another perfect example would be the following humorous quote by Oscar Wilde:
This week I’d like to share with you a thought provoking essay that beautifully points out to us the paradoxes of our modern day life. (Note : Though the essay is actually written by Dr. Robert Moorehead, it has been circulating as an email in a different format giving credit to the comedian George Carlin. Carlin himself has clarified that he is not the author. However the email still circulates with Carlin’s name attached. Below is the original from Dr. Moorehead’s book, ‘Words Aptly Spoken’ written in 1990 & published in 1995.) Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
“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 to 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.”
* [Source: “Paradox of our Age”-‘Words Aptly Spoken,’ by Dr Robert Moorehead]
Click to enjoy a Video Scripting of the above magnificent piece! http://youtu.be/rfjfVmiSaf8
Have an amazing week,
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