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Posted July 17, 2014

Ten or fifteen years ago the comedian George Carlin published the reflection below. I think it applies to us even more so today as the technology of communication has greatly expanded.

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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 college degrees, but less sense; more knowledge, but less good judgment; more experts, but more problems; more medicine, but less wellness overall.

     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 have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often. We’ve learned 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 the new neighbor. We’ve conquered outer space, but not inner space.

     We’ve done larger things, but not better things. We’ve cleaned up the air, put polluted the soul. We’ve split 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 have less communication.

     These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion; tall men, and shorter 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 days of two incomes, but more divorce; of 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.

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   One alteration I would make in the last paragraph: I would rather it read “These are times of diminished world peace.”  Where might YOU make changes in the text or in your life?  Surely an essay worthy of further reflection within your home for 2014.

Rev. Joseph M. Casey, S.J., Associate Pastor

 

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