Thursday, October 18, 2007

AMAZING WISDOM FROM GEORGE CARLIN




Dear George Carlin lost his dear wife of many years this week. The man who gave me my favorite saying "I want to know something-- why is it that the caterpillar does all the work and the butterfly gets all the publicity" gave an eulogy at her funeral that has absolutely made me cry this morning. It is perhaps the most beautiful and eloquent statement about living that I have ever read in my life of sixty years. Who would guess that a guy who has made me laugh for the last thirty-five years at least could be this poetic and this amazing. I suggest that you read it and take these words very much to heart because ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, life is far too short. It ticks away second by second and we all rush around taking it for granted. My mom and died both died very suddenly. My father was fifty-eight and was taken by a heart attack so quickly that the doctor claimed minutes later that he couldn't have saved him if had been on the operating table at that very moment-- with his heart open. My mom was killed in an automobile accident-- she simply never had a snowball's chance in hell. My mother was very best friend in the world and my dad was an amazing loving, giving super father whom the seventeen year old me at that time was just beginning to know and appreciate. So here are George Carlin's words at his wife's eulogy-- word for word-- nothing cut. Get a hanky ready, kids, you're gonna need one. These words are amazing. I may even put them to song.
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, 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.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.
George Carlin

26 comments:

Benn Perkins said...

This is one of the most beautiful things i have ever read. He was a genius of a man and will forever leave his legacy. Such poetry..

Paul Beseler said...

http://www.snopes.com/politics/soapbox/paradox.asp

More bullcrap on the net. Say its so and people believe it. Well this piece is not true. A hint may have been the line about "delete it!" Well who has ever been to a funeral where you had the ability to delete the eulogy. ??? People are extraordinarily ignorant.
By the way........ You must not read much if this is the most beautiful thing you have ever read! It just is not that good. Clever, but not great.

Paul Beseler said...

http://www.snopes.com/politics/soapbox/paradox.asp

More bullcrap on the net. Say its so and people believe it. Well this piece is not true. A hint may have been the line about "delete it!" Well who has ever been to a funeral where you had the ability to delete the eulogy. ??? People are extraordinarily ignorant.
By the way........ You must not read much if this is the most beautiful thing you have ever read! It just is not that good. Clever, but not great.

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