Maintaining Perspection

        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, and 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.

                              Authored by: George Carlin

Some more quotes appropriate to the cause of our concern:

        Maurice Maeterlinck: "On every crossway on the road to the future, each progressive spirit is opposed by a thousand men appointed to guard the past."

        Henry Thoreau: "There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to every one who is striking at the root."

        Frederick Douglas in 1857: "Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground.   They want rain without thunder and lightning, they want the ocean without the awful roar of its waters. ...   Power concedes nothing without a demand...   It never did...   and it never will...   Find out just what the people will submit to, and you have found out the exact amount of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them; and these will continue until they are resisted...   The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress."

        Chinese proverb: "He who deliberates fully before taking a step will spend his entire life on one leg."

        Ken Schoolland: Link to 'Philosophy of Liberty' YouTube animation.     with speaking voice

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