George Carlin: the Illusion of Choice.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Jul 19, 2011
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I disagree with much of this; I love some of this.

Intelligence and critical thinking slides into solid cynicism and conspiracy-minded fear…but cynicism and conspiracy-minded fear has a great deal of intelligence and critical thinking to it, to. The key? Stay positive: focused on the end result. The end result? Let’s be of benefit. Let’s bring together those working (and playing) to create enlightened society and not mix up our apples and oranges.


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


6 Responses to “George Carlin: the Illusion of Choice.”

  1. Rebecca Apone says:

    Thank you Elephant Journal . I think politics has me squeezing orange juice activism instead of eating apple pie with composure and dignity. It is a long road and it will be slippery with orange peels, although I have a nice bottle of tangerine scent to elevate mood sitting at my computer desk. Yes, I'm going to need your reminding me of inner sanctity.

  2. Nereus says:

    The inimitable George Carlin. RIP. Take a look at The BBC documentary The Power of Nightmares: The Rise of the Politics of Fear. For some insight into American political thinking over the past 40 years.

  3. Lisa says:

    At least we still have the choice to think and feel what we want. That is where the true choice is. I do agree with George's assessments though in some ways.

  4. elephantjournal says:

    Judy F had George still been with us, I would have pushed him to run for office….he's so what we need.

    # Yeah, right. We have a community-organizing multi-racial professor in office, and we can't even support him. Liberals want an ideal, but don't want the present moment, even when the present is a bowl of cherries. ~ W.
    Michael McCool A multi-racial professor who at one time did community organizing but seems to have completely forgotten what that should stand for….
    Katherine Carroll The problem is greed. I don't mean excessive greed. I mean everyone wants something for less than they're willing to give for it. It's the fabric of our society. The only way the world will ever start working properly is if 100% of the people give 100%. Do away with money entirely and just take care of each other. No one would ever be without shelter, no one would ever be hungry if we were a giving people. Meaning anything that I don't need to survive right now, I'm willing to give away. How does anyone flip the fabric of society upside down? Personally, I don't think it's possible. Not in my lifetime anyway. Voting is an illusion…
    # You're my point exactly, Michael. Obama hasn't forgot anything. Even Reagan and Bush Sr. compromised their own very different ideals (no taxes and such) quite a lot…government is supposed to create compromise. Half the country feels different from you and I about any given subject, we have to remember. But liberals don't remember this, while conservatives do. So guess who gets to tilt the country most often? ~ W.

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