Posted by: dreymer | June 30, 2006

the paradox of time

a couple of months back i went for a talk on how to balance work, family and community life. you must be thinking, “you need to go for a talk to know this?”. the horrid fact is that we all do. even the speaker acknowledge that we probably already know that we all should strike a balance, but the question is: do we?  

i like what george carlin has written and i thought i’d share it with you:

(read this with a pinch of salt; don’t confine this within the context of work and family)


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 it 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, but 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 too quickly,
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 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, but 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 have higher incomes, but lower morals;
We have more food, but less appeasement;

We build more computers to hold more information to produce more copies than ever, but have less communication.

We’ve become long on quantity, but short on quality.

These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion; tall men, and short 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 make a difference, or to just hit delete…

by George Carlin



  1. this is a great post, especially with the truthful and examining look provided by george carlin’s work. i’m not sure what the culture is like in malaysia but here in the u.s., the work-life balance debate wages on in hr, recruiting, and social circles. this is something i research over and over again for my work (i work in recruiting) and hence come across the answer that when people deviate from the things carlin mentions and try to live an unique lifestyle, they are professionally (and thus socially) impacted in a negative manner. i think we all have to balance our personal principles against society’s in addition to balancing time.

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