George Carlin on Bullshit

Falls sich jemand fragt, wer zum Geier George Carlin war und warum ich ihn so verehre: diesen Text lesen. Danach weiß man nicht nur, wie unfassbar großartig dieser Mann war, man weiß danach auch ziemlich genau, wie ich ticke.


Every time you're exposed to advertising in America you're reminded that this country's most profitable business is still the manufacture, packaging, distribution, and marketing of bullshit. High-quality, grade-A, prime-cut, pure American bullshit.

And the sad part is most people seem to believe bullshit only comes from certain predictable sources: advertising, politics, salesmen, and lawyers. Not true. Bullshit is everywhere. Bullshit is rampant. Parents are full of shit, teachers are full of shit, clergymen are full of shit, and law enforcement is full of shit. The entire country is full of shit- and always has been. From the Declaration of Independence to the Constitution to the "Star Spangled Banner," it's nothing mroe than one big, steaming pile of red white and blue, all-American bullshit.

Think of how it all started: America was founded by slave owners who informed us, "All men are created equal." All "men," except Indians, Niggers, and women. Remember, the founders were a small group of unelected, white, male, land-holding slave owneres who also, by the way, suggested that their class be the only one allowed to vote. To my mind, that is what's known as being stunningly- and embarrassingly- full of shit. And everyone bought it. All Americans bought it.

And those same Americans continue to shot their ignorance with all this nonsense about wanting their politicians to be honest. What are these cretins thinking? Do they realize what they're wishing for? If honesty were suddenly introduced into American life, everything would collapse. It would destroy this country, because our system is based on an intricate and delicately balanced system of lies.

And I think that somehow, deep down, Americans understand this. That's why they elected- and reelected- Bill Clinton. Because given a choice, Americans prefer their bullshit right out front, where they can get a good, strong whiff of it. Clinton may have been full fo shit, but at least he let you know it. And people like that.

In '96, Dole tried to hide his bullshit, and he lost. He kept saying, "I'm a plain and honest man." People don't believe that. What did Clinton say? He said, "Hi folks! I'm completely full of shit, and how do you like that?" And all the people said, "You know what? At least he's being honest. At least he's honest about being completely full of shit."


It's the same in the business world. Everyone knows by now all businessmen are completely full of shit; the worst kind of lowlife, criminal cocksuckers you can expect to meet. And the proof is, they don't een trust each other!

When a businessman sits down to negotiate with another businessman, the first thing he does is assume the other guy is a complete lying prick who's trying to fuck him out of his money. So, he does everything he can to fuckthe other guy a little bit faster and a little bit harder. And he does it with a big smile on his face. That big, bullshit businessman's smile.

And if you're a customer, that's when they give you the really big smile! The customer always gets that really big smile as the businessman carefully positions himself directly behind the customer, unzips his pants, and proceeds to "service" the account.

Now you know what they mean when they say, "We specialize in customer service." Whoever first said, "Let the buyer beware" was probably bleeding from the asshole. But that's business. That's business, and business is okay.


But folks, I have to tell you, in the bullshit department a businessman can't hold a candle to a clergyman. Becasue when it comes to bullshit, big-time, major-league bullshit. You have to stand in awe-in awe!-- of the all-time champion of false promises and exaggerated claims: religion. No contest.

Religion-- easily--has to be the Greatest Bullshit Story Ever Told! Think about it: religion actually convinced people-- many of them adults-- that there's an invisible man who lives in the sky and watches everything you do, every minute of every day. And he has a special list of ten things he does not want you to do.

And if you do any of these ten things, he has a special place, full o fire and smoke and burning and torture and anguish, where he will send you to remain and suffer and burn and choke and scream and cry, forever and ever, till the end of time. But he loves you!

He loves you, and he needs money! He always needs money. He's all-poerful, all-perfect, all-knowing, and all-wise, but somehow... he just can't handle money. Religion takes in billions of dollars, pays no taxes, and somehow always needs a little more. Now, you talk about a good bullshit story.

Holy shit!