Sunday, June 29, 2008

The Smartest Thing George Carlin Ever Said

Carlin on ignorance: Think of how stupid the average person is, and realize half of them are stupider than that.
YouTube - George Carlin-some people are stupid
WARNING: The above video is full of some of the seven words you can't say on TV. Some might find it offensive. I am not sure why, because it is very funny.

The genius of George Carlin was to identify and then encapsulate in a punch line some of the greatest truths of history.

This comment really hits home for me because it is one of the primary reasons for the mess the world seems to be sinking into. The intellectual laziness of people, and the willingness to accept whatever is fed us by the media, governments, and yes, the internet has allowed the worst type of people to flourish and important issues to be trivialized.

Reminds me of the words of another well known observer of the human condition and Irish descendant;

William Butler Yeats (1865-1939)


Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity.

The last line of this first stanza sums it up perfectly.

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