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The Paradox of Our Time

The Paradox of Our Time

| February 01, 2021
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It has been a little while since anyone on our team has put time into connecting via our blog. Over the last few months, several things have changed. I am not sure if you have heard, but we are in the middle of a pandemic, which seems to be continuing. We had a little election go on and when it was over, it wasn’t over. We had a handful of things go on like some discord in Washington, riots, thoughts of stimulus, winners of elections, new political control, dozens of new executive orders, and volatility in the stock market just, to name a few.

Over the last several months, it has been a challenge to figure out what to write about because it seems like as things continue to change, nothing is different. For every positive news story, it seems that there are three negative ones. If you spend any time flipping through social media, I think you will find that is true. A week or so ago, I myself was wasting time on social media trying to unwind from all the different things that were going on, trying to focus my unfocused nature, and bring peace to my mind.  Searching for something positive, impactful and or thought provoking. I came across a letter written by George Carlin several years back. For those of you who have never listened to the work of George, I encourage you to look him up on YouTube. Listener beware some of his material is a bit edgy and raw!  Whether he was your taste or not, his comedy inspired laughter and discussion.

For a man whose life work was to bring laughter to the room, regardless of if it was the way in which you thought someone should, writing something like this was thought provoking. What it made me think of was simple; Everyone is human and vulnerable. There's a human side to everyone. Everyone wants to be loved, wants to have hope, peace, fun, positive fruitful relationships. Regardless of how strong that person may seem or how much they may fight, the reality is, once you peel back some layers of the onion, we're all the same.  Regardless of who we are, where we were born, how or who we worship, what our sexual orientation is or the color of our skin.

As you spend a few minutes reading what he wrote, I encourage you to think about who you are and why you do what you do. We at our firm are proud to continue to be here and hope to provide stability to those we serve.  I hope some of the words that George wrote will inspire you to continue to focus on the positive, have hope in the future, and work hard to choose to be happy.

The observation below was written after he lost his wife.




An observation by George Carlin:

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 to 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.

And always remember, life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by those moments that take our breath away.


- George Carlin



Respectfully Submitted: 

Mark J. Modzeleski, CFS, CLTC, AIF

President, Legacy Wealth Advisors of NY

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