Not Written By George Carlin

I admit that I am somewhat fixated on George Carlin at the moment. I was a huge fan, and I feel a deep and genuine sense of loss over his death.

George taught people to think outside the box and not take things at face value; to wonder and question and think for ourselves. He challenged us and taught us how to challenge ourselves. And he did all this while also teaching us not to take ourselves, or even him, too fucking seriously.

In light of George Carlin’s recent death, his name is popping up all over the internet. This is to be expected. One thing that is being wrongly attributed to him, however, is a piece entitled The Paradox of Our Time. Since George did not want to be associated with this and, in fact, called it “a sappy load of shit”, it is in his honor that I write this post.

More inside the crack:

George Carlin did not write The Paradox of Our Time!

Variations: Numerous versions are prefaced with this:
What a difference a sad event in someone’s life makes.

GEORGE CARLIN (His wife recently died…)

Isn’t it amazing that George Carlin – comedian of the 70′s and 80′s – could write something so very eloquent… and so very appropriate.

Origins: In May 1998, Jeff Dickson posted the ‘Paradox of Our Time’ essay to his Hacks-R-Us online forum, loosing it upon the Internet. The essay has since been attributed to comedian George Carlin, an unnamed Columbine High School student, and that most prolific of scribes, Anonymous.

George Carlin very emphatically denied he had had anything to do with “Paradox,” a piece he referred to as “a sappy load of shit,” and posted his comments about being associated with this essay on his own web site. With reference to the “His wife recently died” line found in many of the forwards, Brenda Carlin, the comedian’s wife, died on 11 May 1997 of liver cancer.

The true author of the piece is neither George Carlin nor Jeff Dickson, nor is he anonymous. Credit belongs with Dr. Bob Moorehead, former pastor of Seattle’s Overlake Christian Church. (He retired in 1998 after 29 years in that post). The essay appeared under the title “The Paradox of Our Age” in Words Aptly Spoken, Dr. Moorehead’s 1995 collection of prayers, homilies, and monologues used in his sermons and radio broadcasts:

Snopes.com

Here is what George had to say about it:

One of the more embarrassing items making the internet/e-mail rounds is a sappy load of shit called “The Paradox of Our Time.” The main problem I have with it is that as true as some of the expressed sentiments may be, who really gives a shit? Certainly not me.

I figured out years ago that the human species is totally fucked and has been for a long time. I also know that the sick, media-consumer culture in America continues to make this so-called problem worse. But the trick, folks, is not to give a fuck. Like me. I really don’t care. I stopped worrying about all this temporal bullshit a long time ago. It’s meaningless. (See the preface of “Braindroppings.”)

Another problem I have with “Paradox” is that the ideas are all expressed in a sort of pseudo-spiritual, New-Age-y, “Gee-whiz-can’t-we-do-better-than-this” tone of voice. It’s not only bad prose and poetry, it’s weak philosophy. I hope I never sound like that.

GeorgeCarlin.com

So, please don’t think you’re honoring George Carlin by posting this sappy load of shit and attributing it to him. If you don’t recognize it as clearly not his style, you weren’t paying attention to the man.

Thanks to PhysioProf for “inside the crack”!


15 responses to “Not Written By George Carlin

  • PhysioProf

    I’m so glad you are using “inside the crack”! Maybe it’ll go viral!!

  • Lottie

    I’m glad you came up with it! I love it! Thanks!

  • Gary Murning

    A viral crack? Should I even ask? ;)

  • Lottie

    At your own risk; it’s highly contagious. :-P

  • Lottie

    Right back aperture! :-P

  • Timotheus

    Misery and it’s company. Here we find the dead burying their dead.

    Timotheus.

  • Lottie

    There’s nothing like a nice dose of Christian compassion to brighten my day.

    P.S. Don’t expect to get away with trolling here like you do at DJ’s place. If you would like to actually discuss a topic, you are more than welcome, but I will not tolerate the childishness you exhibited over there. This is your first and final warning.

  • PhysioProf

    Lottie, you don’t take any fucking guff!! I like that!

  • Lottie

    I consider it a public service. Ha!

    Thanks!

  • Mike

    Here we find the dead burying their dead.

    Zombies!

  • Timotheus

    Lottie,

    Oh, so you’re the chat cop now. Nice dose of atheistic compassion from you…feels great.

    I would now like to discuss something very serious- global warming and it’s effect on delaying the impending ice age.

    What do you think about this?

    Timotheus

  • Lottie

    Oh, so you’re the chat cop now.

    On this blog, you can bet your ass I am! This is my beat.

    Nice dose of atheistic compassion from you…feels great.

    Bzzzt!

    Unlike Christians, atheists do not claim compassion or any other such characteristic as part and parcel of their atheism. So your point, such as it is, fails. Never mind the fact that it doesn’t even make sense in this context.

    I would now like to discuss something very serious- global warming and it’s effect on delaying the impending ice age.

    What do you think about this?

    I will be happy to discuss that with you just as soon as you find a post written by me on the subject. When you do, you can post your comments and questions under that post.

    Now, perhaps I didn’t spell it out slowly enough for you: if you would like to engage in legitimate discussion regarding the subject matter of any particular post on this blog, feel free to post your comments under that specific post.

    You will not be allowed to derail and disrupt the discussions here or undermine the purpose of my posts with your pathetic, juvenile trolling. Any further comments from you which fall under that heading will be promptly deleted.

    This is my blog and I am The Law.

  • Gary Murning

    Poor deluded guy… come over to my blog, Trollimotheus… then I can block your ass, too.

  • Lottie

    Trollimotheus… I wish I had thought of that!

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