Remembering Bill Hicks

Dear co-people-of-this-world,

Yesterday, I was re-watching Bill Hicks Live, a compilation of some of Hicks‘ live shows. I wasn’t a fan of his when he was around (or alive). He was recommended to me years later by I can’t remember who. I immediately became a fan. Of course however, being a fan in the only way I know how. I try not to blind myself  and put artists on pedestals. I know he has flaws. But that’s not what this post is about.

This post is about his amazing spirit, his desire and his hope. Whether or not he really believed the things he said about his hopes for humanity is impossible to know. I believe he did. So without further ado (and hopes that I am not breaking too many copyright laws) I give you a transcription of piece that he often used to end his shows.

Bill Hicks, Revelations, London, 1992:

“There is a point. Is there a point to all this? Let’s find a point. Is there a point to my act? I would say there is. I have to. [Laughs]

“The world is like a ride at an amusement park, and when you choose to go on it, you think it’s real ’cause that’s how powerful our minds are. And the ride goes up and down and ’round and ’round. It has thrills and chills, and it’s 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 begin to question, ‘Is this real, or this just a ride?’ And other people have remembered, and they 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.

[In character] ‘Shut him up! We have a lot invested in this ride! Shut him up! Look at my furrows of worry! Look at my big bank account and my family! This 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 and money. A choice. Right now. Between fear and love. The eyes of fear want 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.”

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