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From the standup comedy special "You Are All Diseased" (1999). 

See him say it in his own words.

I just listened to this special for the first time in a while, and it's unbelievable how prophetic his comedy was and how relevant it still is.

See more in my George Carlin folder.


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Gulliver63 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2016
I've actually met this man in 1986; he was a very nice guy to chat with. I was left with a very positive impression of him.
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AmericanDreaming Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2016   Writer
I'm jealous!
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Gulliver63 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2016
I was a stock person working for the Paradies gift shops in the Indianapolis Airport at the time. I remember calling him "Mr. Carlin." I chatted with him about the fact that my father was from New York, and we talked about the city. He was fairly short in stature, and I remember him wearing sort of a painter's cap. He looked tired. It was just dumb luck that I ran across him. He was a nice guy, though.
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AmericanDreaming Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2016   Writer
Still that's a really cool story.
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Gulliver63 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2016
I met a few other celebs in that job; it was a thankless job, and I worked hard for $4 an hour. The Smothers Brothers came walking in one day, and I got to clown around with them. I got to chat with Van Halen bass player Michael Anthony, again a very nice person. I've seen people like Patrick Ewing and Hulk Hogan. Kind of a neat thing to experience as a young man.
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AmericanDreaming Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2016   Writer
Sounds like that was the only benefit the job offered.
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Gulliver63 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2016
It was a pretty thankless job, with low pay, hard work and a nag of a boss. That particular company, Paradies, paid us guys more than the female workers there, which I thought was pretty crappy.
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AmericanDreaming Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2016   Writer
That is pretty crappy. Don't tell the "men's rights" or anti-feminist crowd, they'll lose their minds.
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kasaundra1 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think this is correct. The police officers do their job. Protect the community. But to me, there are still police officers that go after minorities. But they should not go to sensitivity training if they are doing their job.
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ChalkArtist1216 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
George Carlin was this world's most recent great philosophers.  
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AmericanDreaming Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2015   Writer
One of the most cerebral comedians for sure.
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ChalkArtist1216 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
One of my favorite quotes from him:  "The call it the American Dream, because you have to be asleep to see it!"

[I might've paraphrased it a bit... mea culpa!]
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AmericanDreaming Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2015   Writer
That quote is the inspiration for my username.
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Briannabater Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2015  Professional Photographer
Well-said.

It also doesn't take a sensitivity training to know that it's not wise or kind to fly a pro-slavery battle flag over your statehouse.
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AmericanDreaming Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2015   Writer
There are so many screwed up things in the world, but what always disturbs me more than these things themselves, are their legions of vehement defenders. 
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Briannabater Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2015  Professional Photographer
Yep.
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OddGarfield Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2015  Student
More like not enough people have common since anymore, they just listen to what the "man" tells them to do while they're slowly dumbed down into allowing something to happen when it goes against hat they said would never happen.
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MrDSir Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2015  Professional General Artist
Common sense isn't so common, unfortunately. Ironically, if it was common, George Carlin may have not had any material!
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AmericanDreaming Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2015   Writer
Very true. Comedians make a living off of the stupidity of others.
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Briannabater Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2015  Professional Photographer
Truth
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moonfairy1999 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Clap 
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Zeonista Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2015
Good ol' Goerge, still keeping up with things. His remark also cuts both ways, since "sensitivity training" is pretty empty and useless as a solution. It begs a question of whether it is possible for police to violate a suspect's rights against self-incrimination, so long as they are nice about it and don't use ethnic or sexual slurs in the process.
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Kyruto-Chan Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes. Very well said.
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TheDarkHeretic Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2015
Toally right- well said :) !
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AmericanDreaming Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2015   Writer
I very rarely say this to people, but nice user icon. Looks cool, and great message. :thumbsup:
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Thanks, but thats actually not mine, on June 26, when gay marriage in the usa was legalized, some people of the deviant staff made that  icon free to use for the community :D !
- But its great to see poeple supporting that :) Thumbs Up !
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AmericanDreaming Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2015   Writer
It's nice to have some good news every now and then.
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lisa-im-laerm Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Guess the problem, why they don't report such kind of abuses is, that they know that policemen have more 'difficulties' in jail, than so called "normal" criminals (that's not an excuse, of course!).
You think twice, maybe, when you know that you are sending your fellow into "hell". Maybe people who worked for the police and became criminal should come to special sections in prison, where the prisoners are tax deceivers and such kind of things, nothing agressive for sure.
It is also not fair that one prisoner has to suffer more, than the other for the same case... just because he worked for the police.
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AmericanDreaming Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2015   Writer
That may play a role. I think much of what goes on in prisons, not just to ex-cops, but to everyone, is hugely destructive and counter productive. These people are not rehabilitated, they are brutalized and made worse.
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lisa-im-laerm Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yep, I heard about it. But it seems, that our society doesn't have alternative ways. What to do? Letting dangerous people running around free, doesn't seem to me a good option. I have no idea :shrug:
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Kn16h7 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
One of the biggest reasons this goes on is because the people running the prisons let it happen. As AmericanDreaming said, they are not rehabilitated, they are brutalized. They are locked up and left to their own devices, so long as the guards don't have to look at it or deal with it. The prisoners are basically allowed to do whatever they want just short of killing each other. And when the guards do do something, they resort to violence as well.

In fact, (and i'm not 100% sure on this, but..) I have heard that the American Prison System is the only one that is this bad. Sure, the prisoners in Yugoslavia don't come out better citizens, but they don't come out beaten, raped, and more of a criminal than they were before.
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lisa-im-laerm Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What about controlling the guards!?! Must be posssible to reform this, isn´ t it so? Especially, when you make it easier, to report abuse...
Somehow it feels unjust to me, when someone causes harm and doesn´ t have to pay for it :shrug: Isn´ t also a good "motivation" for others, isn´ t it so? :confused: Think many people don´ t make many things, because they´ re afraid of the consequences and that´ s the only reason! :( I read an article a while ago, but not to the end, that this "depersonaliziton" in the Internet, makes many people bullying other people, what they normally don´ t do irl.
Reminds me also of the old empire Ankor, there was an article, too. The man who had an affair with a married women, had to give all his money, to the husband, if it came out somehow. Can you imagine how many men tried to have an affair with a married women then? :D I don´ t think many ;) You know what I mean? :hmm:
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Kn16h7 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
The only person the guards answer to is the warden, and prisons are often privately owned companies. The only way to control the guards and reform the prison system is to pass new laws. The government has to want to take control of the situation, and until we force them to do it by voting the right people into office, they simply won't.

I agree with you, the worst kind of crime is the crime that goes unpunished, but there is little to be done right this moment.

'Depersonalization' is a serious concern in school communities. Young people find it much too easy to hide behind their smart phones and laptops as they verbally beat down other kids. And this kind of treatment affects people, if not enough to make them commit suicide it definitely leaves a scar.

Actually, considering how most marriage laws work and the way society has stereotypically vilified the male, regardless of whether they cheat or not, the female gets the majority of the property and money when getting a divorce.

I have heard a story of a woman that cheated on her husband and when they got a divorce she took all his money AND got child support (Even though the now ex-husband has the kid for the majority of the week and has to feed and clothe him)

You only get true justice in this world if your extremely lucky.
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lisa-im-laerm Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for the answer, makes sense!Loki by FoxedPeople
In Germany they changed the marriage laws, a while ago. It was the same, like you described it, now it seems to be better.
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Kn16h7 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
That's good. Clap 
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AmericanDreaming Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2015   Writer
The solution is to shift the focus of the prison system from punishment to rehabilitation, or in the case of a lost case, humane containment.
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lisa-im-laerm Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Please take a look above
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doolhoofd Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2015
Carlin was a genius. I especially love his rant at the beginning of Life Is Worth Losing, but really, the whole show is brilliant.
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AmericanDreaming Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2015   Writer
Agreed.
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doolhoofd Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2015
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Marsmar Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2015
Sensitivity training, learn to put your feelings above the facts. Somehow I think that's what caused most of these problems in the first place. 
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AmericanDreaming Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2015   Writer
Good point.
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CorSecAgent Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Always a classic.
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pixiefairydustpinup Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2015  Student General Artist
I've only ever seen clips of his shows on Youtube, sharp as a whip and brutally honest. 
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AmericanDreaming Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2015   Writer
I never was able to see him live, but he's my all time favorite comedian and was a big influence in my late teens.
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