Love Is The Strongest Medicine: Notes from a Cancer Doctor on Connection, Creativity, and Compassion

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George Carlin

George Carlin

I get up in front of strangers and try to make them laugh.

No one was better than George Carlin.

More than a wordsmith.

He painted masterpieces of language.

Masterpieces on life itself.

He wrote this:

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 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.