Today one of the greatest comedians ever has passed away, at 71 years old. Carlin has always stood out by addressing taboo societal quirks and presenting them in a new light with objectivity and stunning wit, even in his later years. I’ve never seen any comedian come close to addressing practical issues as sternly and genuinely as Carlin did – he has truly been pushing the envelope for 50 years and remained a furious rebel of societal contradictions and religious hipocrasy into his 70’s. In observance of the wisdom he offered so sharply, I won’t write rest in peace, but only that his rational insight changed the life of millions.

In memory of George Carlin I’ve downloaded every HBO special he’s broadcast during his career – 12, starting in 1977.