01 March 2009

Who Owns You, America?

Listen and watch VERY CLOSELY. There isn't ONE wasted word or image herein.

Nothing I, nor any of us, could add. I just wish the sheep weren't blinded by faith...



Had Carlin been alive today, likely all of the logos in the upper left corner of the Stars and Stripes would be backed by a Chinese flag...

Slainte, folks.

Cygnus

8 comments:

Stephanie in AR said...

True.

If you need some free reading check this link to John Taylor Gatto's book - free on line - http://www.johntaylorgatto.com/underground/index.htm and click read the book. Says the same thing as George Carlin but with the history & how it happened.

Cygnus MacLlyr said...

Thanks, Stephanie! Was trying to find some lighter stuff, but this one just rang too true...

Stay warm, my friend!

SparkleFarkle said...

The day before George Carlin died last year, I was at a used book store where a book fell from a top shelf, landing face up in front of me. It was Mr. Carlin's When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops? I hadn't thought of George and all that he had given America --the world, for that matter-- in years. Knowing a treasure had definitely just fell from the sky, I bought the book. Inside it's jacket, a past owner of the book had scrawled this on a piece of loosefeaf:

A Wonderful Message 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, 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.

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away."

Two treasures in one, I thought. I loved the last line of his message the most. Then, ironically, we lost the biggest treasure of them all that very next day.

George Carlin gave us so much, didn't he?

Cygnus MacLlyr said...

Sparkle, my newest favorite harried wench! (And I say that with the utmost respect, sincerely!)

Worth an entire post in and of itself, ain't it!

Thanks so much for visiting my song!

And give saucy_eggs my phone #...

LOL!:P

HermitJim said...

One of my favorite Carlin videos...and I have seen many of them.

Loved old George...may he rest in peace !

Ken said...

...i miss George,the Mrs and i seen him many times,in concert,when we lived in detroit...
...wonderful addition too Sparkle,cherish the book...

ConfessionsOfAnOverworkedMom said...

Love the video! I've awarded you the Triple Award. Stop by and pick it up.

Cygnus MacLlyr said...

WOW! Must have missed you by seconds! Was just @ mailbox and didn't see the new comment!
Glad you like the vid, and thank you very much for the award! I'm on my way...