George Carlin has been one of my favorite celebrities since I was in middle school. I loved his “Hippy Dippy Weatherman” and most of his routines. He was always gut splitting funny.
But most of all I admired him because my dad did. My dad was a huge proponent of knowing how to properly speak. Have a vocabulary that was exhaustive. And knowing how to use it.
In the early 70s, George Carlin was on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. I was allowed to stay up to watch the show and the interaction with the two funny men. Johnny Carson asked George Carlin how he came to have such a huge vocabulary and massive understanding of words and English language. George Carlin replied, “I read the dictionary.” He continued, “Most guys take a Penthouse or Playboy into the bathroom to “read”. I take a dictionary.”
I don’t know if he was telling the truth or not. And it didn’t matter to me. He said it. He was an idol. It was good enough for me. So I mimicked it.
I don’t have the vocabulary that George Carlin did. But I have a decent one and a pretty good command of the English language. Much to the chagrin of many people on Facebook.
I haven’t researched this. I am not 100% sure he wrote it. But it is his style. Read it. It’s far more worth your time than my blather.
Wisdom by George Carlin
George Carlin’s wife died early in 2008 and George followed her, dying in July 2008. It is ironic George Carlin – comedian of the 70’s and 80’s – could write something so very eloquent and so very appropriate. An observation by George Carlin:
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 to 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.
And always remember, life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by those moments that take our breath away.
“We are only given today and never promised tomorrow, so make sure you tell the people who are special in your life, that you love them.”