Monday, June 23, 2008

In Memory of George Carlin

Carlin was one of the greats, and one of my favorites. Here's one to remember:

"The most unfair thing about life is the way it ends. I mean, life is tough. It takes up a lot of your time. What do you get at the end of it? A Death! What's that, a bonus? I think the life cycle is all backwards. You should die first, get it out of the way. Then you live in an old age home. You get kicked out when you're too young, you get a gold watch, you go to work. You work forty years until you're young enough to enjoy your retirement. You do drugs, alcohol, you party, you get ready for high school. You go to grade school, you become a kid, you play, you have no responsibilities, you become a little baby, you go back into the womb, you spend your last nine months floating...

...and you finish off as an orgasm.



Mike L. said...

Great quote! Carlin's satire will always be a treasure.

Mike-El said...

Who was funnier and more relevant for a longer sustained period? Anybody? And the best part of "The Aristocrats" was Carlin holding court on the art of stand-up and telling a joke. It was like listening to Shakespeare expound on how to write a sonnet. The master. The Greatest Ever, IMO. He's irreplaceable and already much-missed.

Candace Chellew-Hodge said...

I agree, Mike. It's tough to have to go through this ridiculous political season without his insightful wit. I loved Carlin - especially listening to his albums on headphones so mom wouldn't hear all the cussing.

I miss him already.

I know Jesus is bringing the pork chops even as we type.

MoonMystic said...

No one has ever had such a unique perspective on life and social issues. The man was a genius.

Gus said...

Candace: I'm also a recoverying Southern Baptist. Ironically going to one of their seminaries, that used to be "liberal," pushed me along the path to becoming a Christian Agnostic. As I heard Carlin's routine again, via your quote, I selfishly thought of a post I recently wrote about how our culture has developed an "angel cult." I've never heard Carlin address this; but I bet he would have had a heyday. I do remember well his "Hippy Dippy Weather Man" days. And as I recall, he said that when it came time for people to file past his casket he hoped they would say, "Look, he's moving." :>}
Peace, Gus