Wednesday, 31 October 2007

Revelations From Beyond The Grave - Bill Hicks

Bill Hicks - Revelations (1993)
56 min 22 sec - May 10, 2007

Average rating: (180 ratings)

Hicks' follow-up show to Relentless, recorded at the Dominion Theatre in London.
We live in a permanent state of Halloween - no, really. This reality is bizarre and strange. People are strange. They do weird and scary things and are proud of them.

Once in a while we are blessed with a visionary able to catch these things with an objective eye and just pause for a second, realise it - and then yell to all concerned.

Bill Hick was one of those visionaries - and he could see and pause and then describe what he noticed in a foul, poignant and excellent way.

If you are offended by what you hear in this recording, then you missed the point completely.

Is there a point to any of this? Yes, I think there is.

The world is like a ride at an amusement park. It 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...”

But we always kill those good guys who try and tell us that, you ever notice that? And let the demons run amok.

Jesus - murdered;
Martin Luther King - murdered;
Malcolm X - murdered;
Gandhi - murdered;
John Lennon - murdered;

Reagan... wounded.

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 that 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 many times over, not one human being excluded, and we could explore space, together, both inner and outer, forever, in peace.

Bill Hicks (1961 - 1994)
Prophet. Smoker. Asshole.

Added: 24 November 2007

Bill Hicks on David Letterman censorship

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