I first saw George carlin when he was doing his bit as the “Hippy Dippy Weatherman” (about 1978). His himor evolved but it was always GREAT!
Gotta give it to the man! George Carlin spoke many a truth in his lifetime. “We have bigger houses and smaller families.” His views on society, religion and politics are either appreciated or scoffed at. Love him or hate, but you can’t ignore George Carlin:
I’ve never seen a homeless guy with a bottle of Gatorade. – George Carlin
Isn’t it a bit unnerving that doctors call what they do “practice”? – George Carlin
A house is just a place to keep your stuff while you go out and get more stuff. – George Carlin
No one knows what’s next, but everybody does it. – George Carlin
Just when I discovered the meaning of life, they changed it. – George Carlin
I knew a transsexual guy whose only ambition is to eat, drink, and be Mary. – George Carlin
The future will soon be a thing of the past. – George Carlin
Atheism is a non-prophet organization. – George Carlin
Have you ever noticed that the lawyer always smiles more than the client? – George Carlin
I think I am, therefore, I am. I think. – George Carlin
Carlin ((May 12, 1937 – June 22, 2008) did hundreds of shows, wrote many pieces, entertained thousands and freaked out millions. But always spoke his mind. As he did in “Paradox of our time.”
Paradox of Our Time
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 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, 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 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 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 times of world “peace” but constant conflict, more leisure but less enjoyment, more kinds of food but less nutrition.
These are days of two incomes but more divorce, 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 share this, or to just hit delete.