'Paradox of Our Time': Comic didnít write it, but everyone thinks he did
The essay expresses a range of sentiments that are easy enough to agree with. It reminds us that in an age of remarkable technological accomplishment and enormous wealth, for example, that we, as a individuals and as a society, often forget what's important in life, that we "have taller buildings but shorter tempers ... wider freeways but narrower viewpoints ... more conveniences but less time ..."
The question is, who wrote it?
As we noted in our report, the Paradox is zipping across the Internet in mass e-mailings as the work of comedian George Carlin. That's true. It's all over the World Wide Web under Carlin's name. But here's the rub: he has issued a statement denying that he is the author.
And he points to several different versions, some of which have been attributed to a student who witnessed the Columbine High School shootings in Littleton, Colorado, in 1999 - others of which have been attributed to "Anonymous."
The truth, according to snopes.com, an Internet site that monitors and corrects deceptions in cyberspace, is that the essay was written by Dr. Bob Moorehead, a former pastor of Overlake Christian Church in Seattle, Washington.
It originally appeared on pages 197-198 of his book, Words Aptly Spoken (Overlake Christian Press, 1995. IBSN 0-9639496-6-7), under the heading, The Paradox of Our Age (as opposed to The Paradox of Our Time).
Carlin, for those who don't know, is a stand-up comedian and social critic who shot to stardom in the 1960s and '70s, and his humor can be raw and offensive. Carlin's history and stage persona led us in our editor's note to suggest that in the case of Carlin, assuming that he had, in fact, written the Paradox, "the Lord truly does work in mysterious ways."
Regardless of authorship, the Paradox does indeed give each of us something to think about, and a reason to reflect on our lives - how richly and courageously we live them, and how much of them we share with our fellow men.
All this reminds me, personally, of another unlikely source of wisdom: the 1950s kiddie-TV-show host, Joey the Clown, in my hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina. Joey - Brooks Lindsay in "real life" - was a nut, of course, as silly as they come.
But children loved him, and at the end of every show, ol' Joey would suddenly out of the clear blue stop his hootin' and hollerin' and look directly into the camera so he could make eye contact with all those kids out in TV land.
Slowly removing his frayed and dented top hat and placing it gently over his heart, he would say as softly and seriously and with as much love in his voice as that of any grandaddy with a baby on his knee, "Before I go I want to remind you never to forget: all we've got in this old world is each other ... and may God bless."
Words to live by - from a clown. You just never know, now do you, how mysterious will be His ways until you open your eyes to see them ...
Subscribe Today and Save!!!
St. Charles Herald-Guide is an award-winning newspaper that covers all aspects of St. Charles Parish - from schools and parish government news to social events, features on our local residents and sports.
Order your subscription today!
In only his second game as a starter, Destrehan sophomore quarterback Marquise...
The list of Eagle Scouts who have risen to high places is a long one. ...
The Hahnville Tigers left everything they had out on the field, but it was not...
Lulingís Rathborne Park remains closed until Saturday, Sept. 13 while St. Charles...
Retired U.S. Army Lt. General Russel Honorť is front and center in the brewing...
After only one season, Boutte-resident Kip Benoitís reality TV series about hunting...
The Staff at Southland Dodge Chrysler Jeep proudly offers the newest chrysler, dodge and jeep cars in Houma, La., region. We also carry an impressive selection of used cars trucks and suvs by the industry top manufacturers.
90-year-old Hahnville business shutting doors - 1386 views
After nearly 90 years in business, during which time only one family has owned and operated it, Madereís Garage in Hahnville is closing.