Carlin on Environment and Self-Importance

People are so self-important. So self-important. Everybody’s gonna save something now. Save the trees, save the bees, save the whales, save those snails. 

And the greatest arrogance of all; save the planet. 

What? Are these fucking people kidding me? Save the planet? We don’t even know how to take care of ourselves yet. We haven’t learned to care for one another. We’re gonna save the fucking planet? 

I’m getting tired of that shit. Tired of that shit. Tired. 

I’m tired of fucking “Earth Day”, I’m tired of these self-righteous environmentalists–these white, bourgeois liberals who think the only thing wrong with this country is there aren’t enough bicycle paths. People trying to make the world safe for their Volvos. 

Besides, environmentalists don’t give a shit about the planet. They don’t care about the planet. Not in the abstract, they don’t. Not in the abstract, they don’t. 

Do you know what they’re interested in? A clean place to live. Their own habitat. They’re worried that someday in the future they may be personally inconvenienced. 

Narrow, unenlightened, self-interest doesn’t impress me. 

Besides, there is nothing wrong with the planet. Nothing wrong with the planet. The planet is fine. The people are fucked. 

– George Carlin

This is part of George Carlin’s HBO Special, “Jammin’ in New York” in 1992. I love his comedy. Yes, they’re perverted and pessimistic about humanity in general, full of cursing (as most stand-ups are, remember that),  possibly offensive, makes fun of things general, “normal” people deem sacred, etc.

Still, I do like his works. Sometimes people get so sensitive about these things, but you really do need to learn to just tolerate it and filter everything. It’s good for you.

Here’s a part of the special below. Expect more Carlin-related posts from me in the future. 🙂


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