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COLUMN: Carlin offers good advice, amazing wisdom

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By John Lapp

Part of this week’s column was not written by me, but in it you will find some of the best wisdom. This was written by a man just after the death of his wife.
This man was a gross and mouthy comedian of the ‘70s and ‘80s, yet this, you will most likely think, is eloquent and appropriate.
“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 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. It is 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.”
The author of this above “letter,” is none other than George Carlin, often a very funny and witty comedian whose humor was also very clever, stating in one of his routines about strange saying we encounter: “Have you ever heard of a ‘non-stop flight’, what does that mean to me? ...Thank you, I personally prefer to have the plane stop when it is time for me to get off.”
This apparently was not written for any other reason than to express his personal thoughts after his wife had recently died. It’s profound wisdom penned by someone who most may have thought could not have written it.
Maybe some of this has touched you in a certain way and made you think more deeply about your own life or the life of your family.
If any of this has struck a chord with you, and you recognize that you need help in some area of your life, you are welcome to contact me.
My phone number is 502-477-2818 and my email is johnlapp36@yahoo.com.