A Message to Read, Digest and Apply.


George Carlin Message

George Carlin – April 2008
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As strong as my determination is to publish two posts a week, my determination not to publish a post just for the sake of meeting a publishing schedule is stronger. Some time back, I vowed not to publish a post unless I believed that it had value for you and all my other readers. That is why it is a week since my last post. I have a whole string of excuses for why I could not come up with a topic for a post, but valid as they might sound they are just excuses.

I have been working on the final episode of my experience in the police cells in Zimbabwe, that post is long overdue. Then today I received this “Message by George Carlin” from an old school friend now living in France. I can not verify that is George Carlin’s own work, seems a bit too polite, but it is a wonderful message whoever wrote it and I thought you might enjoy it.


Isn’t it amazing that George Carlin – comedian of the 70’s and 80’s – could write something so very eloquent…and so very appropriate.

A Message by George Carlin.

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 neighbour. 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 again.

Give time to love, give time to speak! And give time to share the precious thoughts in your mind.


Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.
George Carlin


George Carlin died on 22 June 2008.

Peter Wright




p.s For those of you who like horses or stories of extreme endurance, I published a post on my Horse Sense Tips Blog about Two Incredible Journeys on horseback, one in the 1930s and the other more recent. One from Buenos Aries in Argentina to New York, the other from Mongolia to Hungary. There are links in the post to books about both journeys.


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  2 comments for “A Message to Read, Digest and Apply.

  1. Roberta
    October 30, 2013 at 7:59 am

    Exactly, doesn’t make any difference who wrote this. The message is timeless!

    • October 30, 2013 at 9:37 am

      Roberta, thank you for privately providing me with the links to the true author of this message, I will expand on the story in a new post.

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