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In observance of Earth Day, the wit and wisdom of George Carlin on ‘saving the planet’

Some classic comedy and wisdom from George Carlin on “Saving the Planet,” featured annually on Carpe Diem around Earth Day (April 22). Some profanity.

10 thoughts on “In observance of Earth Day, the wit and wisdom of George Carlin on ‘saving the planet’

    • carlin misses the point. humans aren’t saving the planet. they are saving the living organsims on the planet. caretaking. respect carlin; don’t like him.

      • How can we possibly know which organisms should be saved? Are you claiming that evolution is wrong? Should every organism be saved? Was it wrong that the mammoths, tyrannasaurs and trilobytes went extinct?

        This is a static view.

  1. George Carlin was really a fence-sitter on many issues and really liked to complain about everything – but that’s what comedians do. His routine touched subjects from a misanthropic point of view

    Here’s an excerpt from a monologue on the other side of the coin. Case in point?

    “I look at it this way… For centuries now, man has done everything he can to destroy, defile, and interfere with nature: clear-cutting forests, strip-mining mountains, poisoning the atmosphere, over-fishing the oceans, polluting the rivers and lakes, destroying wetlands and aquifers… so when nature strikes back, and smacks him on the head and kicks him in the nuts, I enjoy that. I have absolutely no sympathy for human beings whatsoever. None. And no matter what kind of problem humans are facing, whether it’s natural or man-made, I always hope it gets worse.”

    • That doesn’t seem like the other side of the coin to me. As he says in this set (paraphrased) “the earth will be fine”.

      • The monologue I quoted is from the Life is Worth Losing show. George Carlin made a career out of attacking both/all sides on issues; you couldn’t always gauge his true stance, if he had one. I’m not sticking up for environmentalism, just making an observation.

        But yes, you are right: the earth will persevere long after our story runs out – whether it’s thousands, hundred of thousands or even millions of years down the road. =)

  2. How can one ‘like’ posts above? Citing the best reply above: “I look at it this way… For centuries now, man has done everything he can to destroy, defile, and interfere with nature: clear-cutting forests, strip-mining mountains, poisoning the atmosphere, over-fishing the oceans, polluting the rivers and lakes, destroying wetlands and aquifers… so when nature strikes back, and smacks him on the head and kicks him in the nuts, I enjoy that. I have absolutely no sympathy for human beings whatsoever. None. And no matter what kind of problem humans are facing, whether it’s natural or man-made, I always hope it gets worse.”

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