It is a shame, then, that both atheism (which people ascribed Carlin to) and agnosticism (which his daughter ascribed him to) give up when it comes to the question of death. Most of the answers that (another atheist comic) Ricky Gervais gives are to live a good life, be a good person, and enjoy it while it lasts.
Ironically, the Apostle Paul understood such sentiments. He even said himself, 'If the dead are not raised, "let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die."'
He only understood such sentiments apart from the resurrection of Jesus. See, Jesus died... and Paul hated Him... and then he met Him. This is what led Paul away from that type of hopeless thinking. No matter how it was philosophised, atheistic or otherwise, Paul could not deal with hopelessness.
He met Hope.
I agree with Carlin. In a very humanistic sense the whole meaning of life is not dying. Totally agree. But if there is no resurrection there is no meaning to life. None. And so for Carlin to even quip about meaning or for Gervais to even advise on the good life is nonsensical.
Why doesn't he say to live a bad life, be a bad person, and don't enjoy yourself? Why doesn't he say, who cares?
Consistency. It's all I ask.
He wants to cling to meaning where there is none. Atheism has no feet, no grounding. Personally, I find Gervais to be the worst (not 'cause I hate the guy, I've watched/listened to basically everything he's done. Incredibly funny guy). Not completely, but moreso, do Comics like Carlin or Woody Allen understand the implications of atheism; you can see it in their works. They haven't been interested in self-righteousness because if there is no God there is no righteousness; right or wrong, who's to say what it is? It's all a joke, life's a joke. Go watch Woody Allen's film, Whatever Works, for a true atheistic philosophy (and a good laugh with the great Larry david playing lead role). Carlin originally had a standup show titled 'I Kinda Like It When A Lot Of people Die'... then 9/11 happened. Of course it wouldn't have been nice for him to keep that original title, so he didn't.
Unfortunately, it would've been consistent.
I know you don't like that... and you ought to find out why you don't. Point in case, the only consistent atheist is a hopeless atheist; one who does not speak of right or wrong. Only philosophies with a resurrection can speak of meaning, of morality, of hope.
And Christianity is the only religion that gives humanity a resurrection hope through a resurrected Person.