prophet hicks

Got the Bill Hicks DVD out of the library at the moment to convert some new flatmates. On rediscovering him myself, I am struck by just how much I agree with him at times. Seems a fine time to post some words of the great man.

“Folks: It’s time to evolve ideas. You know, evolution didn’t end with us growing thumbs. You do know that, right? Didn’t end there. We’re at the point, now, where we’re going to have to evolve ideas. The reason the world is so fucked up is we’re undergoing evolution. And the reason our institutions, our traditional religions, are all crumbling, is because… they’re no longer relevant. They’re no longer relevant. So it’s time for us to create a new philosophy and perhaps even a new religion, you see. And that’s OK ’cause that’s our right, ’cause we are free children of God with minds who can imagine anything, and that’s kind of our role.”

“Watching television is like taking black spray paint to your third eye.”

“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.

3 Responses to “prophet hicks”

  1.   Donald Rumsfeld
    December 18th, 2006 | 7:39 am

    Thanks for that. If the strong coffee I’m drinking isn’t enough to wake me up, this will surely do it. Of the all the things Bill probably doesn’t miss, Monday mornings may well be chief among them. I always thought that George W. got off light due to Mr Hicks’ premature demise.

  2.   R-bot
    December 19th, 2006 | 4:53 pm

    My favourite is Bill calling Hitler an under-achiever.

  3.   Pearce
    December 20th, 2006 | 8:39 pm

    Yeah, that was good. It’s on Youtube of course.