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Bill Hicks: Man cursed with vision

“The world is like a ride at 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. It has thrills and chills and it’s very brightly coloured
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 is this just a ride? And
other people have remembered, and they come back to us, they say, ‘Hey – don’t worry,
don’t be afraid ever, because this is just a ride …’ And we … kill those people.
Ha ha, ‘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 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 and money. A 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. Thank
you very much, you’ve been great.”

[several gunshots ring out, Bill mimes being hit and falls to floor, motionless.]

(Onstage closing comments of Bill Hicks Revelations special from 1993)

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