24 June 2008

The seven words we should say about George Carlin

I have seen several posts on various blogs about the death of George Carlin. Many people have fond memories of his humour. I have a few, mostly from the past. There was a time I knew the entire Seven Words routine by heart. He also had many routines that had nothing offensive in them, such as his discussion of the differences between baseball and football. I think those are the routines I will remember in the future.

Some people have claimed he was a typical product of poor catechesis and had no one to correct him and explain to him the error of his ways. That's a paraphrase from a blog , by the way. Baloney. He grew up in what many bloggers seem to believe to be the golden age of catechesis- the forties. His own routines tell of how he was educated by priests and nuns, and after all that he became an atheist, was proud of it, and he encouraged others to become so as well.

His humour is described as irreverent and iconoclastic, which, as Matthew at Holy Whapping has pointed out, means "he said absolutely nothing to contradict modern received opinion and instead focused on making fun of anyone who wasn't in the room at the time." His comedy required no courage, although he did have a fair amount of wit. If you feel he wasn't too bad, remember he paved the way for worse.

So now he's gone, and not well, I fear. Though he may have objected in life, I will still say these seven words about Carlin: Pray for the repose of his soul.

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