George Carlin, who was a terrific comedian, sums up life and who we are – beautifully. Powerful words, spot on wisdom.
George Carlin’s wife died early in 2008 and George followed her, dying in July 2008. It is ironic George Carlin – comedian of the 70’s and 80’s – could write something so very eloquent and so very appropriate. 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.
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I had to look him up to see who he was, but his words were profound indeed.
Best wishes, Pete.
Indeed! Best to you, Pete.
Ah… I miss him. The husband of an old friend used to look an awful lot like him — it drew lots of comments. If George were here today, he’d have a field day with the current situation. Thanks for sharing, Jennie. Hugs.
Thanks so much, Teagan. I loved him as a person and a comedian. This writing of his is a whole different thing, a wonderful discovery.
He was hilarious!
He definitely was hilarious. Remember the routine where he didn’t say a word and the audience was howling with laughter? And then I read this piece he wrote. Wow! He was far more than a great comedian. I never knew that. Thanks, GP.
Thanks so much for sharing this, Jennie. I never knew Carlin was so sentimental. That was poignant and touching. The last line took my breath away. 🙂
I was struck, Diana. Like you, I knew he was a brilliant and funny comedian, but this writing was something else. I’m so glad you liked it. Yes, that last line…
Words we all perhaps need to heed right now Jennie.. Thank you for sharing them… ❤
Well said, Sue. You are so right! Best to you. ❤️
And you Jennie.. ❤ take care of you.
Thank you, Sue. ❤️
Wonderful, Jennie! Thank you for sharing.
Thank you, Tonya!
Jennie, thank you so much for sharing and I just reblogged it too! Many of us have bit into the poison apple of wanting, but not needing, and have forgotten the beauty of simple things that mean a life well-lived. Karen 🙂
Well said, Karen! I’m glad you shared it, too. 🙂
Jennie, thank you again, for sharing! It is a great piece of writing! Karen 🙂
You’re welcome! 🙂
I always loved George Carlin. Miss his wisdom so much. He would have had a field day with what’s going on these days. Thanks for sharing this.
He was terrific, Marlene. So glad you enjoyed his words of wisdom.
I’m not sure George Carlin made it across the Pond – maybe he did – but there’s a lot of wisdom in that piece.
You are not the first blogger from Britain who has said they did not know Carlin. His fame and humor must have only been on this side of the pond. His wisdom in this piece was new to me, and to many others. Many thanks!
Thanks for sharing this Jennie. Wonderful advice.
You are welcome, Norah.
this is all a tragic truth. how beautifully said-thank you!
Amen, Michele. Thank you.