The comedian George Carlin died recently. I didn't know much about him but in double quick time he has taken a seat at the top table of my favourite artists. It is rare for that to happen these days and so perhaps it's a measure of the man's genius. I could pick just about anything from his vast store of commentary, both comedic and serious, and find it relevant to my mindset in some way. I have chosen this, his remarks on not being a part of the group.
Bless you, George. And thanks for the monumental insights!
• “The decay and disintegration of this culture is astonishingly amusing if you are emotionally detached from it. I have always viewed it from a safe distance, knowing I don't belong; it doesn't include me, and it never has. No matter how you care to define it, I do not identify with the local group. Planet, species, race, nation, state, religion, party, union, club, association, neighbourhood improvement committee; I have no interest in any of it. I love and treasure individuals as I meet them, I loathe and despise the groups they identify with and belong to.”
"I do not identify with the local group"
commentary • 03.08.08