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Wherever Truth, Love and Laughter Abide

bill hicksBill Hicks died twenty years ago on February 26, 1994 of pancreatic cancer.

He was 32.

If alive today he'd only be 52 and most likely in the prime of his comedic life. Without any doubt he would not be dancing with the fucking stars.

His famous story about the waffle waitress (See below) resonates with me for any number of personal reasons but my favorite Hicks line is:

“I'm tired of this back-slappin' "isn't humanity neat" bullshit. We're a virus with shoes.”

I count myself fortunate to have seen his act live at a comedy club here in Dallas, Texas, sometime around 1993. Not only was it table-thumping hilarious from start to finish but there was an extended piece towards the end of the set, his chunk about being high on LSD and being caught by police, that was delivered with such lyricism that it bordered on magic.

I would have loved to have heard his opinion of Clinton's impeachment, 9-11, the invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan, and the looting of the Treasury by Wall Street but at least we have his comedic legacy to enjoy, not the least of which is the following:

“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, around and around, it has thrills and chills, and it's very brightly colored, 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.

" Shut him up! I've got 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 the 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 any time we want. 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 defenses 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.”


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