Sunday, April 20, 2008

The Paradox Of Our Age

어제 일모리님의 블로그에서 'George Carlin의 이 시대의 패러독스'를 읽고, 프리트하여 집으로 돌아오는 지하철에서 여러 번을 읽었다. 밤에 공덕동에서 만난 친구에게도 보여주고 메일로 전해주기로 했다.

George Carlin에 대해서 구글로 찾아본 결과, The Paradox of Our Age는 George Carlin이 그의 부인에게 헌정한 글이 아니며, 시애틀 Overlake Christian 교회에서 시무했던 Dr. Bob Moorehead가 1990년도 썼으며, 1995년에 Words Aptly Spoken으로 발행하였다는 것이다.

어쨌든, The Paradox of Our Age가 주는 감동과 위안이 있어서, 필사본을 쓰듯이 아래에 적었다.

The Paradox of Our Age

By Dr. Bob Moorehead

The paradox pf our time in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers; wide 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 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 to say a kind word to someone who looks up to you in awe, because that little person will grow up and leave your side.

Remember to give a warm hug to the one next to you, because that is 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.

윗 글을 국문으로 읽고자 하면 일모리님의 'George Carlin의 이 시대의 패러독스'를 읽어보라.


  1. 아 알려주셔서 감사합니다. 많은 오해들이 퍼지고 있었던거군요. 아무튼 소중한 한마디, 인연에 감사드립니다. 멋진 한주 되시기 바랍니다. 화이팅

  2. [일모리] George Carlin에 대해서 알아보다가 알게되었답니다.

    일모리님도 멋진 한 주되세요. :)