Why Do We Exist? George Carlin knew the answer: Plastic!

I've just been revisiting my favorite comedy skits.


One of the most thought provoking was from the late, great George Carlin on Saving The Planet.

In many ways I agree with him, after all, all the things we produce in the way of chemicals, all come from the planet.

We may destroy the environment for ourselves and thus we become extinct, but, after we are extinct, life will continue on this planet.

Within a few thousand years, there would likely be little or no trace that were here, apart from the metal, rock monuments and plastic.



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Comment by Dyslexic's DOG on January 1, 2015 at 6:38pm

Yes Freethinker, we may try and tow a group identity and line, but, nobody ever gets it exact, thus not all Christians follow the doctrines of their sect of Christianity accurately, they may think they do, but consciousness and sometimes knowledge are illusions, thus they only pay lip service to being real Christians, none of them follow Jesus Christ accurately, nor their sects dogmas.

It seems that those claiming to belong to and follow a sect, are often more individual and thus mavericks than those claiming complete individuality.

We are all individuals and somewhat delusional.

If we claim to be completely individual, chances are, we are fooling ourselves.

If we claim to follow a strict line of code/dogma/practice, we are also fooling ourselves.

People are always somewhere in that grey region between the two extremes and they drift in all directions over time.

Comment by Dyslexic's DOG on December 30, 2014 at 6:01pm

Though I also like the comedy of Bill Maher, who in many ways is similar to George Carlin, yet he appears more narcissistic.  Bill so often comes across as a Fundamentalist Atheist in his television and comedy appearances. A lot of Bill's work style was inspired by Carlin.

Though like myself, he has spent decades attacking fundamentalism.

So he has become so used to putting down fundamentalists, that it appears as if he is also putting down garden variety theists.

This is what makes him appear too fundamentalist (black & white, dichotomous thinking) in his work.

I don't think he really is so fundamentalist, it just comes across that way in his comments.

He's just been so defensive of his atheist position for so long that he doesn't realize how extremist he appears.

Comment by Dyslexic's DOG on December 30, 2014 at 5:52pm

I miss his sense of Irony.

Same as I miss Frank Zappa's sense of Irony.

I think to concisely point out the Irony of human thinking takes a great wisdom.

Both Zappa and Carlin were extremely wise humans, who satirized the human condition in song and comedy respectively.

Mostly I miss their great Wisdom!

Comment by Dyslexic's DOG on December 30, 2014 at 5:43pm

We humans so often Grossly Exaggerate the claims we make for our decisions and actions.

This stems from a Grossly Exaggerated Sense Of Our Own Importance!

This is the point George was making.

To the planet, we are nothing more than Oversize, Egotistical, Destructive Ants.

Yet, we consider ourselves Extremely Important to the Universe!

Such is our Self-Delusion.

Comment by Dyslexic's DOG on December 30, 2014 at 5:36pm

Thanks Grinning,

I'll check it out!


Comment by Dyslexic's DOG on December 30, 2014 at 5:32pm

I think George Carlin was very tongue in cheek during that skit.

He is emphasizing a fault in human thinking.

We are not really trying to "Save The Planet"

What we humans are really trying to do is to stop shitting in our own nest.

Because what we are really have been doing is not only destroying the environment for those species we are trying to save, but essentially destroying our own environment.

We are not really trying to "Save The Planet", we are trying to "Save Ourselves From Extinction".

Because the planet is beyond us, but the environment is vital to us.

We just keep making the wrong claim for our intentions.

I think that is the message George was driving home, humorously.

Comment by Grinning Cat on December 29, 2014 at 5:26pm

I "read" (listened to the audiobook of) the thought-provoking The World Without Us, Alan Weisman's book-length expansion of his Discover article "Earth Without People".



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