Thursday, June 01, 2006

A Message, Not From George Carlin

You probably remember George Carlin for his stand-up comedy act, as Rufus from Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure, or his views on swear words, religion and cultural taboos. There's an eRumor circulating that he wrote the following message as a tribute to his late wife. However, he denies that he wrote it and refers to the piece as a "sappy load of sh!t". You can read some of his comments about it here. The other rumour is that it was written by a survivor of the Columbine shootings.

The actual author is Dr. Bob Moorehead, a retired pastor. Although Carlin says this is a meaningless message since the humankind is "totally f&cked up" anyway, there is some worthwhile depth to it. I don't think the human species had to go the route it did...and maybe in some alternate dimension we aren't! Dr. Moorehead points out some funny things about this world which may, rather than making us laugh, force us to sit back and ponder:

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.



Blogger Darius said...

What an ingenious summary of present times! Thanks, had never run across this...

12:41 p.m.  
Blogger transience said...

i think i've come across this via email. it's still very much applicable, though. those contrasts that make simple things much more complicated.

3:30 a.m.  
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7:33 a.m.  
Anonymous Adorable Girlfriend said...

I really like George Carlin. The more angry he is, the better.

I also like what this other fella has written. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

4:54 p.m.  
Blogger exile said...

it's good, but it's not quite Carlin

George Carlin doesn't want us to hug one another, he'd rather watch us come together to strangle the idiots running the country into the ground.

George's style is to use the ol' turn-a-phrase to send a message.

like on voting:
"i tell people i dont' vote and they tell me that i have no right to complain. i tell them "yes i do, i do because i'm not the the idiot that voted for another idiot."

(it's not a direct quote but you get the idea)

i have to say that Carlin is one of the best ranters, followed closely by Dennis Leary, Dennis Miller, and Lewis Black

6:26 p.m.  
Blogger sirbarrett said...

darius -Yes, it presents the silly contradictions of life quite succintly!

transience -Yes, I was sent it in a forward as well but had to google it before I knew who it was actually by.

prmod bafna -Yikes! I'm it!

adorable girlfriend -Yeah, the guy has had a rough and varied life, albeit a full one.

exile -He's a good ranter. I also like Dennis Leary, like the rant in the middle of the asshole song where he talks about getting a big gas guzzler, throwing his styrofoam garbage out and unfreezing John Wayne, and that part about him being as pissed off as when you take a cold shower and that it all ultimately not mattering because "WE'VE GOT THE BOMB OK?!!" and then the final response: "you know what man? You really ARE an asshole!"

7:17 p.m.  
Blogger Blackempress said...

This is so lovely.
VEry well said.

11:23 p.m.  
Blogger iamnasra said...

Hi there..How did you get to know about

I did not have the time to announce it..Thanks for droping by it was really great to have you in my new blog..

I really miss Gulnaz...I wonder what had happened to her and I did e-mail her...and it has bounced back...

10:27 a.m.  
Blogger iamnasra said...

By the way that is so touching message and very true...I do not know my neighbours I just got to know few recently...

10:30 a.m.  
Blogger Miss Thistle said...

Love George Carlin.

However, if you're a Leary fan you must check out the late Bill Hicks. A lot of Leary's schtick is lifted from him.
His rants on Iraq from the Desert Storm days are eerily apt today. Just add Jr. after Bush.

12:19 p.m.  
Blogger J said...


That's a crappy forward that has circulated through my inbox one too many times.

You're getting soft in your old age, Bear. =P

12:50 p.m.  
Blogger Lorena said...

i've read this in email. it's always good to read it again.....beautiful :)

(i love george carlin)

11:55 p.m.  
Blogger joe said...

um, while a bit true, it's also sappy. or maybe I'm bitter cos there's no one to hug at this moment. haha :)

2:23 a.m.  

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