Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Bill Hicks - It's just A Ride ...

Bill Hicks died in 1994. He was vastly under appreciated in his lifetime. He was less a comedian and more a philosopher with added 'dick' jokes. I've never forgotten this quotation. As an epitaph for the man it's unsurpassed.
The world is like a ride in an amusement park. And when you choose to go on it you think it’s real - because that’s how powerful our minds are. 
The ride goes up and down, round and round, it has thrills and chills, and it’s very brightly coloured, and it’s very loud, and it’s fun - for a while. 
Many people have been on the ride a long time, and they begin to wonder, “Hey, is this real, or is this just a ride?” 
And other people have remembered, and they come back to us and say, “Hey, don’t worry; don’t be afraid, ever, because this is just a ride.” 
And we … kill those people. 
It’s only a choice. 
No effort, no work, no job, no savings of money. Just a simple choice, right now, between fear and love. 
The eyes of fear want you to put bigger locks on your doors, buy guns, close yourself off. 
The eyes of love instead see all of us as one. 
Here’s what we can do to change the world, right now, to a better ride; Take all that money we spend on weapons and defence each year and instead, spend it feeding and clothing and educating the poor of the world - which it would pay for many times over - not one human being excluded, and we could explore space, together, both inner and outer. 
Forever, in peace.
And an amazing graphic art version of this piece was done by the brilliant @zenpencils here.