Monday, June 23, 2008

Farewell, Mr. Carlin

I have always had a soft spot in my heart for rogues and scoundrels. That's why I married one. This morning I learned that we lost one of our finest rogues, Mr. George Carlin.

For all his vulgarity, George was a smart man whose criticisms and satire were needed in a world where complacency is too prevalent.

Having my beliefs challenged might be uncomfortable, but that doesn't mean it shouldn't happen. To paraphrase Socrates, the instant you think you know everything, you know nothing. George Carlin was the master of shaking up the status quo.

"The very existence of flamethrowers proves that sometime, somewhere, someone said to themselves, 'You know, I want to set those people over there on fire, but I'm just not close enough to get the job done.'"

Farewell, Mr. Carlin, and thank you.


Ms. Math said...

I enjoyed his work very much. He will be missed.

Elise Sheppard said...

My husband and I were just listening to some old interviews of him on NPR. He was a pistol to say the least:)

Maggie May said...

Yes,sometimes we have to get out of our comfort zone & laugh at ourselves. Farewell indeed.