George Carlin - Isn't It Amazing?

George Carlin - Isn't It Amazing?
George Denis Patrick Carlin (May 12, 1937 – June 22, 2008) was an American stand-up comedian, actor, author, and social critic. Regarded as one of the most important and influential stand-up comedians of all time, he was dubbed "the dean of counterculture comedians." ~ Source

(His wife recently died…)

Isn’t it amazing that George Carlin, gross and
mouthy* comedian of the 70s & 80s, could write
something so very eloquent … and so very
appropriate post 9-11.

A wonderful Message 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, 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 the moments that take our breath away.
If you don’t send this to at least 8 people….
who cares?
~ George Carlin

Suppose those with the stomach for it and sufficient life experience to put the words of the comedian in proper perspective, here are some live *snippets from George:

The American Dream
George Carlin doesn't vote
Balancing the Budget
National Press Club (May 13, 1999)

.. again, keep in mind that humor takes some truths and exxagerates them, even pulls them out of context, among other things, in order to be entertaining, bring something to light, maybe point out something that can be corrected.

Another perspective is that

  1. The population needs to take responsibility for their own lives rather than always looking to a leader of whom perfection is expected only to disappoint and lead to neurotic comments
  2. Individuals need to learn & practice connection with their natural environment and each other in order to have a basis for appropriate behavior and teaching the young
  3. Live your life with purpose based on a vision that comes from your soul rather than objects of immediate gratification or egoic vanity
    a. Individual
    (1) Touch others with heartfelt joy ~ art, music, humor, acting, …
    (2) Be a master teacher
    (3) Delve into physics ~ explore energy
    b. Region (country) - often entire regions are known for certain specialities
    (1) Explore the Tao or Prana and master it
    (2) Become masterful engineers, scientists, mechanics, …
    (3) Master healthy food, tailoring, sustainable architecture, sustainable agriculture, …
    c. Global
    (1) Human dignity and unity whilst respecting individual culture resulting in a harmonious fabric
    (2) Explore the universe in order to learn and exchange knowledge, experience, joie de vivre

This list is a conceptual example, remember that we accomplish whatever we put our minds to.

In the end, our species can be known for its curiosity about human potential in relation to our place & contribution in the Universe!

Never in my life have I heard any human leader come even close to such a vision. It is therefore no wonder that societies are mediocre at best and at worst, in competition. When the pool of human beings raises its awareness (what's possible) and consciousness (practical application), our kind will at last have the chance to explore our full potential and thrive, while a new generation of leaders (organizers) can help guide that achievement until groups of efforts become self-organizing, intuitively.

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