Thursday, January 27, 2005

Thought for the Day

Don't usually do this, but this quote from the late comedian Bill Hicks was too good to pass up:
The world is like a ride at an amusement park and when you choose to go on it you think it's real 'cause that's how powerful our minds are. The ride goes up and down and round and round, it has thrills and chills, it's very brightly colored 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 and they say, "Hey, don't worry, and don't be afraid--ever--because this is just a ride." And we kill those people.

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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, a choice right now: between fear and love. The eyes of fear want you to put bigger locks on your door, buy guns, close yourself off; the eyes of love instead see all of us as one. Here's what we could do to change the world right now, to a better ride. Take all that money we spend on weapons and defense each year and instead spend it feeding, clothing, and educating the poor of the world, which it would, many times over, not one human being would be excluded, and then we could explore space, together, both inner and outer, forever. Peace.


Props to IndyLib for the catch.

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