For some reason I was thinking about George Carlin when I sat down to write this commentary. George has been gone for 10 years but his comedy skits and quotes that included a lot of social criticism lives on. He said he thought it’s the duty of a comedian to find out where the line is drawn and cross it deliberately. Here are a few of his sayings that resonate with me:
“Don’t just teach your children to read. Teach them to question what they read; teach them to question everything”. “Some people see things that are and ask why? Some people dream of things that never were and ask, why not? Some people have to go to work and don’t have time for all that”. “People who say they don’t care what people think are usually desperate to have people think they don’t care what people think”. “Have you ever noticed that anyone driving slower than you is an idiot and anyone driving faster is a maniac”? “Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups”. “I think I am. Therefore I am. I think”. “I am is reportedly the shortest sentence in the English language. Could it be that ‘I do’ is the longest sentence”? “If a man smiles all the time, he’s probably selling something that doesn’t work”. “No one knows what’s next, but everybody does it”. “By and large, language is a tool for concealing the truth”. “ Thou shalt keep thy religion to thyself”. “In America, anyone can become president. That’s the problem”. Finally, “Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath”.