George Carlin's humor took a huge turn for the worse when his beloved wife died. I believe she was the one that kept his dark side intact. He is/was very bitter about her death. This is what happens when you have no religion to heal your heart.
You are problaby right. It's ironic that he is so hateful towards Christianity yet if he had some fait.. not even Christianity but any faith at all in something bigger than himself, he probably would be more able to put it in perspective.
His new book, When Will Jesus Bring the Porkchops was depressing and sad to read. I knew Carlin's views were not the same as my own on many topics, but I know he is(was) usually really funny, and I am a big boy, I can take a bit of ribbing. I was execting a book full of funny jokes and quick wit.
Not far into the book, though, I realized that I was reading the mean-spirited rantings of an extremely bitter and miserable old man. If he had 2 positive thoughts in a row his brain would go into a seizure. The book reads more like this mans complete and total mental breakdown then a book of jokes. I am not even really religious and even I was offended by his seething hatred for Christians and anyone of faith, or for that matter anything in the world that represents even the smallest bit of decency. His jokes about Christians seem like overkill, and now the seem like really bitter hatred like he has some kind of an ax to grind. We know that he is an athiest, his jokes about it were funny 20 years ago. The facts that he's gone on about it for this long and has ratcheted up the bitterness tells me that there is more to the story, possibly from his childhood at the Chatholic school (specilation of course) or something, because he is really at WAR with any kind of faith whatsoever, and it goes beyond humor in that book. The George Carlin that I was a fan of is long gone.
It's fine to be adge and push the envelope, but if you're gonna do that, you have to make it FUNNY. If it's not funny it comes off like you're just a psycho old man. Bitter bitter bitter, mean and miserable. I put the book down and went outside and let the sun shine on my face and was thankful that I a do not have his worldview.
If this is because of the death of his wife, I truly feel sorry for his loss, it has ruined this man. I hope he can find some peace in some way. What's sad is his own worldview does a lot to prevent that. I hope somehow he starts to feel better.