Ragged Company

Topics: The Streets, George Carlin, World Pages: 2 (474 words) Published: June 13, 2015
Ragged Company
Reflection Journal #1

In many ways, the novel “Ragged Company” by Richard Wagamese relates to the way George Carlin seemed to perceive the world. The way Carlin displays his opinion on the world and how sincerely messed up todays society has become really shows the kind of person he was. Just from watching a few of his videos and reading “an Observation” I’ve gathered that not only was he incredibly intelligent, he was a realist. Realism seems to be something Amelia and George have in common because of the way she is portrayed in the book. An example of this would be how Amelia has come to terms with her situation and just learned to accept it and adjust to her living conditions. Based off of the previously stated, I feel as though Amelia would agree with George Carlin solely because of the way they both view the world. Even though the way things are said and done nowadays are inevitably different than they used to be, and not nessicarily for the better, there are many solutions to these issues. In “an Observation” Carlin gives solutions to these problems within society by saying that we need to just spend more time with our loved ones because they wont be around forever, say kind words to someone who looks up to in awe, because one day they will grow up and no longer be by your side, and simply just stop being so consumed by the world and just cherish the moment because before you know it, life will flash before your eyes and that will be the end of your story. In order to recover from where society stands we as a whole need to make some changes. “We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, read too little, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom.”. The solution to all of this is simple and can be summed up in one word; moderation. In Amelia’s case it seems to be a bit harder to survive under the circumstances that todays society is so messed up that many snap...
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