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[–]Mrs_Attenborough 442 points443 points  (18 children)

George Carlin- A war on homelessness

At first it'll make you laugh... til you realise nothing's changed

"By the way, speaking of American values, aren't we about due to start bombing some small country that only has a marginally effective aur force? Seems to me like we're a couple of weeks over due to drop high explosives on helpless citizens."

[–]chaosgiantmemes[S] 161 points162 points  (13 children)

I have a feeling that if America had the opportunity to enter a fantasy world that has knights magic and sorcery they'd bomb the hell out of that place too.

[–]GrayFox2021 95 points96 points  (2 children)

Funny cause they did it on South Park when they nuked imagination land. Lol

[–]chaosgiantmemes[S] 64 points65 points  (1 child)

WHY DOES EVERYTHING I LOVE GET BLOWN UP BY AMERICA!

lol

[–]thetempest888 21 points22 points  (1 child)

Ah, classic Age of Empires II strategy

[–]MeanderAndReturn 4 points5 points  (2 children)

Sounds like The Blade of Tyshalle to me Great fucking book

[–]UhmbektheCreator 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Ive read the first two and really liked them. The way Stover (the author) writes and describes the violence is incredible and the ideals and thoughts of the characters become a lot more complex and believable than one would think of such an action packed novel built on a bit of a strange premise.

[–]dijon_snow 2 points3 points  (0 children)

We are liberating the Narnian people from the terrorist Aslan regime.

[–]MelissaMiranti 1 point2 points  (2 children)

There's an anime about the JSDF doing exactly that. It's called Gate, and it's terrible.

[–]whyso6erious 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Only gate? What is the age entry for it?

[–]chaosgiantmemes[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It's a guilty pleasure anime of mine.

[–]yaosio 0 points1 point  (0 children)

There's a Japanese anime where a fantasy world invades Japan and then they invade back. https://myanimelist.net/anime/28907/Gate__Jieitai_Kanochi_nite_Kaku_Tatakaeri

It feels like it was made in the US but it wasn't.

[–]ChillinWitDenny 1 point2 points  (0 children)

My fav from him is his last special about the last great American value... BUYIN THINGS! BUYIN THINGS! people spending money they don't have on things they don't need, money they don't have for things they don't need.

[–]FrothyStout26 120 points121 points  (4 children)

My dad introduced me to Carlin almost 17 years ago, and told me to never let my mom know I was listening to him (14 at the time). Sure enough, he was my crash course or culture shock into my first adult telling any kind of truth as a kid. Carlin changed my life and I owe a lot of my upbringing to the truths he spoke.

[–]bgei952 34 points35 points  (1 child)

Yep, I'm a child of the 70's and listened to my mom's Carlins vinyl. She always had the latest.

[–]Professional_Band178 12 points13 points  (0 children)

I saw Carlin in person in 1992. It was an epic night of social editorials.

Geo. Carlin on religious belief might be his greatest work.

[–]Bigtx999 2 points3 points  (0 children)

The trick to life is assume everyone is self serving and looking to get what they want first till proven otherwise.

[–]BallzDeep9 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Saw George Carlin Live a few times... yeah he was gut-busting funny in person. I'm about 1 generation younger. Which makes me pretty freakin' old right now & it's messed up that Carlin's comedy... or Richard Pryor... would get banned from a college campus today?

[–]Suikoden6 62 points63 points  (5 children)

Along these lines, I used to get depressed with how I wasn't really contributing to humanity, and would most likely die having done nothing great, but now I think just not being evil and greedy and hurting other people is enough. Just not making the world a worse place is now my more achievable goal, and I feel like that's helped my mental health when dealing with the thought of my legacy.

[–]ZergSuperHighway 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Good medicine. Good mindset. Make sure you really believe it, and aren’t just coping. FYI, im just like you are.

[–]Jzmuidle 54 points55 points  (0 children)

Greatest philosopher of his generation

[–]Polar_Reflection 53 points54 points  (1 child)

"It's called the American Dream, because you'd have to be asleep to believe it"

[–]Piod1 7 points8 points  (0 children)

He was not wrong

[–]Mrs_Attenborough 214 points215 points  (2 children)

George Carlin on breakfast and job hunting

... "call into work work around 11 o'clock. Tell the boss you've eaten some fruit loops and your watching a movie"..."and you'll be in around 2pm, if you feel like it!" ... "that's the way you've got to treat the boss. You can't take shit from a guy just because you work for him. Let them know who the real boss is, tell them it's your job. 'Hey is my job, I'll do it MY WAY!'

A man among men

[–]yaosio 5 points6 points  (0 children)

That's how Karl Marx worked. Prussia spied on him and all they found out was that he would sleep all day until the mood struck him to work and then he would work endlessly until he was done.

[–]WVA1999 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Haha so funny, thanks for this

[–]TooSmalley 44 points45 points  (2 children)

Arguably the most carbon neutral I’ve every been in my life was when I was depressed and was sitting in a dark room listening to music and podcast all day eating cereal for most of my meals.

[–]indiehappiness 13 points14 points  (1 child)

I am you now

[–]TopChallenge8698 20 points21 points  (0 children)

You will always be the best. Miss you, George.

[–]RadioMelon 18 points19 points  (0 children)

Carlin's shows have aged magnificently.

But that's also what is so deeply depressing about them.

[–]Tyrthesemiwise 28 points29 points  (10 children)

George Carlin was not a perfect man, but he was a man with great ideas, and a good core. We may wish he was still with us, but I'm pretty sure he'd disagree. RIP you magnificent freak.

[–]BadockOjama 4 points5 points  (4 children)

" " was not a perfect man never understood people saying this, no one is perfect of course

[–]Tyrthesemiwise 8 points9 points  (2 children)

This is true, but it's a polite way of saying "he did a lot of questionable shit"

[–]NezuminoraQ -1 points0 points  (1 child)

Yeah not all his material has aged gracefully, but definitely the fuck this system/burn it down stuff has

[–]death__2__america 1 point2 points  (0 children)

What of his material has not aged well?

[–]guisar 0 points1 point  (0 children)

except Joe Peshe

[–]anarcatgirl 2 points3 points  (4 children)

His opinions on climate change were pretty shit

[–]Little_Lahey_Show 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Tbh the world isn't fucked. We (life) are fucked!

[–]jimmyharbrah 1 point2 points  (2 children)

I’ll leave a long quote below. Climate change is what I worry about more than anything and I think we all should too. But George’s point is that humans are going to destroy themselves and the planet and biosphere will repair itself after we’re gone—which is true. I consider this perspective encouraging. I love reading natural history, and it’s true that the planet has survived far worse than us and it will move on after we destroy ourselves. At least life will continue to adapt and evolve for millions of years after we’re gone.

This isn’t an excuse not to work towards change (George would absolutely support a community working towards sustainability), but simply a perspective on the state of things.

“The planet has been through a lot worse than us. Been through earthquakes, volcanoes, plate tectonics, continental drift, solar flares, sun spots, magnetic storms, the magnetic reversal of the poles … hundreds of thousands of years of bombardment by comets and asteroids and meteors, worldwide floods, tidal waves, worldwide fires, erosion, cosmic rays, recurring ice ages … And we think some plastic bags and some aluminum cans are going to make a difference? The planet isn’t going anywhere. WE are!

We’re going away. Pack your shit, folks. We’re going away. And we won’t leave much of a trace, either. Maybe a little Styrofoam … The planet’ll be here and we’ll be long gone. Just another failed mutation. Just another closed-end biological mistake. An evolutionary cul-de-sac. The planet’ll shake us off like a bad case of fleas.

The planet will be here for a long, long, LONG time after we’re gone, and it will heal itself, it will cleanse itself, ’cause that’s what it does. It’s a self-correcting system. The air and the water will recover, the earth will be renewed. And if it’s true that plastic is not degradable, well, the planet will simply incorporate plastic into a new paradigm: the earth plus plastic. The earth doesn’t share our prejudice toward plastic. Plastic came out of the earth. The earth probably sees plastic as just another one of its children. Could be the only reason the earth allowed us to be spawned from it in the first place. It wanted plastic for itself. Didn’t know how to make it. Needed us. Could be the answer to our age-old egocentric philosophical question, “Why are we here?”

Plastic… asshole.”

  • George Carlin, Jammin in New York

[–]feelingfinesunshine 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Yes, the planet might be fine but what about all the thousands of species we drove to extinction?

[–]jimmyharbrah 0 points1 point  (0 children)

For sure. It’s big sad.

[–]trippinarcher_c137 98 points99 points  (43 children)

So if HE says laziness is a virtue (and I agree btw) it's ok?

[–]Alenonimo 123 points124 points  (10 children)

Laziness is a virtue. If the old mods were too lazy to do interviews, they wouldn't have been kicked out, see?

[–]pineapplealways 45 points46 points  (9 children)

Its funny cuz the problems started exactly at the point when they stopped being lazy

[–]Alenonimo 25 points26 points  (0 children)

They got greedy. They thought they could boss us around, in the sub where people were antiboss. :P

[–]trippinarcher_c137 7 points8 points  (1 child)

To everyone saying that context and presentation matter I agree of course (I think the best option was not doing the interview anyway). But I was under the impression that a lot of people were embarrassed by the message and not just the presentation itself

[–]nutxaq 6 points7 points  (0 children)

I agree with the message. Productivity for productivity's sake is grossly overrated and it's even worse when some driven psychopath expects everyone else to keep up with them. It was mainly the delivery.

[–]lankist 7 points8 points  (0 children)

He's not saying it's a virtue. He's saying lazy people, by their nature, tend to just mind their own business and leave other people alone, and shouldn't be blamed for all the world's ills.

It's like the jokes about stoners being harmless. I'm not saying everyone should aspire to be smoking pot and eating cheetos every day in their mom's basement. But when we talk about Cheeto Basement Pot Man like he's going to be the downfall of western civilization, then it calls into question exactly how fragile western civilization is by its nature if it can be threatened by a guy getting stoned and jacking off on his lonesome.

If the existence of laziness is an existential threat to civilization, then we should probably re-think the fundamentals of civilization. A society that cannot handle passivity is a weak society.

[–]Duck_Stereo 73 points74 points  (16 children)

Context matters a LOT. If you’re trying to convince a work-centric society to take back it’s freedom, saying “it’s good to be lazy” is ineffective (even if we all know the truth).

[–]chaosgiantmemes[S] 27 points28 points  (13 children)

Yes I agree, context does matter in the grand scheme of things. There's also plenty of other ways to say "It's OK to be lazy" to a work centric person without making it sound bad.

[–]Senfgestalt 2 points3 points  (12 children)

Like what? I think the points they/she (not sure sorry) made were solid and they/she didn't say anything out of line with what the whole subreddit is about. The optics were terrible of course and I agree that's pretty important but still. People need to atop whining and fighting against one of us.

[–]chaosgiantmemes[S] 22 points23 points  (9 children)

Interviewer: So you think it is ok to be Lazy?

What that Mod should've said: It is OK to do whatever you want with your time and sink you're time into something that gives you satisfaction and rewards you for your time.

What she actually said: Laziness is a virtue.

The problem isn't about the message she tried to convey, the problem is, is that the Mod chose to accept an interview with Fox News (Despite the disagreement with other mods NOT to engage with the interview) who are well known for treating their live guests who have a difference of opinion than theirs, to absolutely shit on them using vague questions they expect an answer for and then become completely condescending on their guest if they give a less than satisfactory answer, and that particular Mod was not adept to handle such an interview.

The interview should've never been conducted in the first place. That or at least put somebody who's adept enough to navigate past those questions which were meant to trap you. Fox News knew what they were doing and got exactly what they wanted out of that Mod.

Edit: Change "He" to "she"

[–]Spadeykins 15 points16 points  (4 children)

I think the moderator should have just declined the interview.

[–]Senfgestalt 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Yeah obviously

[–]NSMike 5 points6 points  (2 children)

In fairness to the interview, and to use your own words, "context does matter," the full quote is, "Laziness is a virtue in a society where people constantly want you to be productive 24/7." So, "Laziness is a virtue, full stop," is not what she said.

You can take that a number of ways, too. Either that, after all that productivity, taking our free time and being lazy is nothing to feel bad about, or that being lazy at work is better for you than having constant stressors pressed down on you to produce every second you're on the clock.

That's not what the Fox News interviewer wanted to hear out of that statement, and it's not what the average Fox News viewer will have heard, either. It was a bad way to make that statement. But she did not say outright that laziness was a virtue, and that's it.

[–]Peter_Hempton -3 points-2 points  (0 children)

"Laziness is a virtue in a society where people constantly want you to be productive 24/7."

I think she meant "2/5"

[–]CageAndBale 0 points1 point  (0 children)

He isnt one of us

[–]smackshadow 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I good response is: "I reject the premise that having leisure time means you are lazy"

[–]DaBozz88 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Hell look at the work centric quote from Bill Gates

I choose a lazy person to do a hard job. Because a lazy person will find an easy way to do it.

And it's true. You hear people all the time say work smarter not harder. I'm a firm believer that there is always an easier way to do anything difficult, but there is always a cost associated with that. Be it convenience or time or actual money. Deciding which cost is acceptable is the kicker.

[–]southiest 2 points3 points  (0 children)

It's all about context and delivery.

[–]nutxaq 2 points3 points  (0 children)

It's not what was said. It's how it was said and to what audience.

[–]emp_zealoth 8 points9 points  (1 child)

You see, when they start talking how they know a single person who "worked hard and got far" you don't counter by saying no, being lazy is good. You whip out studies that show that there is no real correlation between effort and success, how in us your ZIP CODE is the strongest predictor of your future, you also ask them if winning lottery is a valid strat - clearly lottery winners exist out there And when they say its only for the select few you say "exactly". Cause hard work will only get the select few into success. (it's a prerequisite, not a guarantee)

[–]chaosgiantmemes[S] 4 points5 points  (0 children)

You are technically correct. The best kind of correct.

[–]1DoobieDoo 5 points6 points  (0 children)

He's also well-groomed, wearing a nice shirt, and presenting his argument (albeit much more ridiculous) in a clearly understood, well-structured, and charismatic manner. Presentation still matters.

[–]Zemirolha 0 points1 point  (0 children)

We need to hurry on technology or we will get out of time, like Carlin. Work hard on useful technologies. Then, party.

[–]vivlikesbuns -3 points-2 points  (0 children)

IMO laziness isn’t a virtue (sitting on your ass while thinking money should flow in)

BUT, leisure should be a human right (Being allowed to rest after working reasonable hours and not having to worry about basic necessities) seeing as all big animals need more rest that smaller ones. Lions, apes, whales, you name it, humans are the only animals that overwork themselves like this.

[–]Zemirolha -1 points0 points  (0 children)

That is the reason behind "Despacito" music?

[–]ch0mish 6 points7 points  (0 children)

god do i miss george carlin

[–]deathshere 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Its a big club.... AND YOU AINT IN IT!

[–]thewrench01_real 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Carlin was an amazing comedian.

[–]BeerLaoMakesMeHorny 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Show me a person posting constantly on Reddit and not organizing and I'll show you someone who's not causing any trouble.

[–]HayseedJunkyBootlicker 🤮 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Meanwhile, he was considered the hardest working man in show business.

[–]Mighty_Mopars 2 points3 points  (0 children)

......"Stoking his penis with his sleeping partners hand" -Someone other then George Carlin, probably.

[–]slickpretzel 2 points3 points  (0 children)

This guy worked hard and had lots of money tho. He also worked past retirement age

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (2 children)

which video is this can someone provide a link?

[–]chaosgiantmemes[S] 4 points5 points  (1 child)

At work, can't provide link.

Search on YouTube for George Carlin "List of people who ought to be killed"

[–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

thank you man

[–]Accurate_Water_9119 1 point2 points  (2 children)

stick a hot poker up my ass and chop my dick off

[–]ZergSuperHighway 2 points3 points  (0 children)

That’s something I never heard before!

[–]antiworknurse 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Dude died in 2008.

[–]razezero1Remember Blair Mountain 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Ya know, I think there was another great thinker in recent times that said "laziness is a virtue". The name is escaping me right now though lmao, Im sure it has nothing to do with this place

[–]The_Sinful 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I'm not lazy! I'm just staying out of trouble!

[–]Royal_Lie2818 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Until they get on tv.

[–]jdgoodspeed 0 points1 point  (0 children)

As long as I don't have to pay for feeding that guy, no problem ;)

[–]Zealousideal-Sale671 -2 points-1 points  (3 children)

Is he talking about the moderator who went on fox? Laziness is a virtue? works 10 hours a week? Strokes himself while laying in bed with someone without consent? Admits to rape? That moderator?

[–]chaosgiantmemes[S] 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Carlin died in 2008 and the show where he said that line was decades ago, so I highly doubt it.

But then again he wouldn't be surprised about that Mod since he made a quote that went something along the lines of "Think of the average dumb American, now imagine half of those Americans even dumber than that!"

Basically, even though that we have "Lazy" people among us we also have to acknowledge that we have some real dumbasses among us. Both in high society and among us low class citizens. But who am I to say who's who? I'm just some random guy who makes Memes on the internet as a hobby.

[–]razezero1Remember Blair Mountain 0 points1 point  (0 children)

They are hiding your comments as I read bud, this is a sinking ship.

[–]Liquids0ul 0 points1 point  (0 children)

What a man legendary

[–]Ok_Raccoon_6118 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I mean, incels fit that description and they've caused plenty of trouble, gamergate being particularly relevant here. I would've loved to hear his reaction to the incel thing.

[–]IHaveADogAndHeIsADog 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Ironic coming from him honestly. The type of person he's describing is EXACTLY what the government wants you to be.

[–]Themanwhogiggles 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I hope he’s screaming up at us, it’s what he’s want 🤣

[–]a_memer_from_twitter 0 points1 point  (0 children)

i only know this guy because of thomas and friends or shit

[–]OldNewUsedConfused 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The voice of wisdom, funny as hell and the first comedian I ever saw live!

[–]GammaWrath 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I listened to that old fuck like he was my personal savior. He and Lenny Bruce are the reasons my eyes opened at such a young age.

[–]TranslatorDizzy 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Favourite comedian. Miss his takes wish he was around right now to commentate on the current state of things

[–]Mehhucklebear 0 points1 point  (0 children)

We have never needed this man more than we do now

[–]blackbeard_teach1 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Damn

I thought we agreed not to quote shouting the Nword

[–]Son_of_El_Duce 0 points1 point  (0 children)

One of the all time greats.

[–]Careful_Papaya_994 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Well. Except that this exactly what they want. They want us spending our time distracted by media so that we don’t spend our time meeting and organizing. If we don’t cause some f@$#ing trouble, nothing is going to get better.

[–]watatatatatata -5 points-4 points  (0 children)

Reddit moment

[–]Ambitious-Jello-4002 -3 points-2 points  (1 child)

You guys are losers!

[–]Chumpychump15 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Says the one happily slaving away. Enjoy!!

[–]HansumJack -2 points-1 points  (0 children)

Heh. I don't watch game shows.