Truly my favorite comedian of all time. I loved Carlin all my life, but one of the things that was pissing him off lately was the fact that people weren’t questioning government or religion as much as they used to be, and by all measure, things are getting worse.
Maybe this shock will wake up some people. Maybe the inevitable memorials will spark a renewal of the rebellious spirit. I only hope so. I have come to accept that people only live on as the effect they’ve had on the world. For a relatively brief time in history, the world had a great jester and poet, lets all take time to remember him in or lives.
“In the Bullshit Department, a businessman can’t hold a candle to a clergyman. ‘Cause I gotta tell you the truth, folks. When it comes to bullshit, big-time, major league bullshit, you have to stand in awe of the all-time champion of false promises and exaggerated claims: religion. No contest. No contest. Religion. Religion easily has the greatest bullshit story ever told.
Think about it. Religion has actually convinced people that there’s an invisible man — living in the sky — who watches everything you do, every minute of every day. And the invisible man has a special list of ten things he does not want you to do. And if you do any of these ten things, he has a special place, full of fire and smoke and burning and torture and anguish, where he will send you to live and suffer and burn and choke and scream and cry forever and ever ’til the end of time!
But He loves you.
He loves you, and He needs money! He always needs money! He’s all-powerful, all-perfect, all-knowing, and all-wise, somehow just can’t handle money! Religion takes in billions of dollars, they pay no taxes, and they always need a little more. Now, you talk about a good bullshit story. Holy Shit!”