George Carlin – The Paradox Of Our Time lyrics

These are days of two incomes, but more divorce;
Of fancier houses, but broken homes. We’ve split the atom, but not our prejudice. We spend more, but have less. We’ve done larger things, but not better things. We’ve learned to rush, but not to wait. We build more computers
To hold more information
To produce more copies than ever,
But have less communication. We plan more, but accomplish less. We write more, but learn less. 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 times of fast foods and slow digestion;
Tall men, and short character; steep profits, and shallow relationships. We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. We buy more, but enjoy it less. We’ve conquered outer space, but not inner space. 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. We’ve learned how to make a living, but not a life. The paradox of our time in history is that
We have taller buildings, but shorter tempers; wider freeways but narrower viewpoints. We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little,
Drive too fast, get too angry too quickly, stay up too late, get up too tired,
Read too seldom, watch tv too much, and pray too seldom. We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often. We’ve cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul. We’ve added years to life, not life to years. 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, but more problems; more medicine, but less wellness. We’ve been all the way to the moon and back,
But have trouble crossing the street to meet the new neighbor. 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.

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