Monday, June 23, 2008

George Carlin (1937-2008) Philosopher? (At least a Buddhist, no?)



Luckily, Blogspot doesn't have to follow rules about the Seven Filthy words, which Carlin made so infamous, and later made their way up to the Supreme Court in the case of Federal Communications Commission v Pacifica Foundation:

"At some point there leading into the '90s, I divorced myself from any stake in the human adventure or the American adventure. That sounds kind of pompous so let me just break that down. What I decided was that I didn't give a fuck about what happens on this planet to these people. I mean, I see the nice things in people, I see the good things, but I also see what a depraved, sick species we are, the only species that kills its own for personal gain.
I'll go back to square one on this: We squandered a lot of gifts. Human beings were given a lot of great gifts. We were given the ability to reason, this extra-large brain, walking erect, having binocular vision and the opposable thumb, and all of these things, and we had such promise, but we squandered it on goods and superstition. We gave ourselves over to the high priests and the traders, and they are the ones we allow to control us. I think that's a huge mistake and it's disappointing to me. Now, the corollary is, America was given great gifts, this ideal form of government, this most improved form of self-government that has ever come along up until that time, and we squandered it. And once again, on the same two things: gizmos and toys and gadgets -- goods, property, possessions -- and also this country is far too religious for its own good.

So at some point, I drifted away from feeling any allegiance. Abraham Maslow the psychologist once said, "The fully realized man does not identify with the local group." Boy, when I read that, I said, that's me. I don't identify with city, state, government, religion, association, county, organization or species, even. And what I realized was that this feeling of alienation from all that gave me a kind of emotional detachment that was very valuable artistically. To be able to look at things and not give a fuck. To not have a rooting interest in the outcome. I don't really care what happens in this country. I'll be honest with you. I don't give a fuck what happens. I don't give a fuck what happens to this earth, because it's all temporal and it's all bullshit."
Thanks to Theresa!

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1 Comments:

At 3:03 PM , Anonymous Theresa said...

I think Carlin had an incredibly healthy loathing of institutional power and outrageous rules imposed by such powers. Two of my favorite quotes about the topic are:
"I think people should be allowed to do anything they want. We haven't tried that for a while. Maybe this time it'll work."
and
"I love and treasure individuals as I meet them; I loathe and despise the groups they identify with and belong to."

 

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