Monday, June 23, 2008

George Carlin, 1937-2008

I was sad to hear of George Carlin's passing yesterday, too soon at the age of 71.

As a comedian and a social critic, he was almost without peer. I will miss his witty, acerbic observations about life and our society.

I hope he gives them all hell in the afterlife, if, indeed, there is one.

"The whole problem with this idea of obscenity and indecency, and all of these things — bad language and whatever — it's all caused by one basic thing, and that is: religious superstition. There's an idea that the human body is somehow evil and bad and there are parts of it that are especially evil and bad, and we should be ashamed. Fear, guilt and shame are built into the attitude toward sex and the body. ... It's reflected in these prohibitions and these taboos that we have."

--George Carlin

1 comment:

Maureen said...

Oh, how I'll miss him. I still have my ticket from his show we saw back in 1978. It was a whole $ 7 (plus tax!) back then! He was a great thinker alright. I loved his comedy and take on the world.