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Forum Post: Bill Hicks - It's only a choice...between fear and love.

Posted 7 years ago on April 24, 2012, 8:09 a.m. EST by jph (2652)
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Bill was a great comedian and an advanced thinker who was way ahead of his time;

"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."

-Bill Hicks Revelations, 1993




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[-] 2 points by nobnot (529) from Kapaa, HI 7 years ago

Very nice,Thank you.

[-] 2 points by GypsyKing (8719) 7 years ago

Great post my friend. This is it, in a nutshell. Someone once said, "The world is a prison built by the inmates." All we need to do to free ourselves is to open the cell. The key has always been in our hands, we're just afraid to use it.

[-] 2 points by jph (2652) 7 years ago

Mindset is a huge issue, the more we maintain a positive and loving attitude the more we will succeed.

[-] 1 points by GypsyKing (8719) 7 years ago

I agree, and the problem with any engagement in politics is that it always seems to devolve into endless conflict. So tiresome.

[-] 1 points by jph (2652) 7 years ago

This is built in and maintained for the purpose of control,. there is a reason trying to change the system from within feels strikingly like a Kafka novel, it breaks the will to try.

broken will = obedient workers

[-] 1 points by GypsyKing (8719) 7 years ago

Yes, it does have that effect. I have always felt that we need to resist the system both from without and within, and that our opponents would like to force us to chose one or the other, because either alone can be contained.