Wednesday, February 26, 2014

20th Anniversary of Bill Hicks' Death

I am unsure why people always choose the date of death to celebrate someone's life, but I will go along with the tradition because there is comfort in numbers.

If you are a reader of my blog, I tend to write about this particular comedian a lot, as his observations on "Life" are the most hilarious, most poetic musings I've ever heard.  You are in for a real treat (that is, if you aren't dumb and don't suck) if you have never heard of him before.  I am only going to put one "bit" here, as it is probably the most appropriate.  You can Youtube him all you want to get the funny stuff.

It's Just A Ride.

Here is the text if you are too much of a dingus to click through:

"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. And the ride goes up and down and round and round, and it has thrills and chills and is very brightly colored, and it's very loud. And it's fun, for a while.

Some people have been on the ride for a long time, and they've begun to question, 'Is this real, or is this just a ride?', and other people have remembered, and they've come back to us and they say 'Hey, don't worry. Don't be afraid, ever, because this is just a ride.' and we KILL THOSE PEOPLE. 

"Shut him up! We have alot invested in this ride! SHUT HIM UP! Look at my furrows of worry. Look at my big bank account and my family. This just has to be real."

It's just a ride.

But we always kill those good guys who try and tell us that. You ever notice that? And let the demons run amok. But it doesn't matter, because ... It's just a ride.

And we can change it anytime we want. It's only a choice. No effort, no work, no job, no savings of money. A choice, right now, between fear and love. The eyes of fear wants you to put bigger locks on your door, 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 defense each year and instead spend it feeding, clothing, and educating the poor of the world, which it would many times over, not one human being excluded, and WE CAN EXPLORE SPACE, TOGETHER, BOTH INNER AND OUTER, forever ... in peace."

-- Bill Hicks (1961 - 1994)


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