Bill Hicks was a comedy genius. He had no fear telling it like it is, and for that struggled often in his trade. He saw what I have seen these many decades, and he brought it out in often hilarious if not confrontational and controversial ways. He died far too young.
He called himself a humanist, but I also sense that he was a deeply spiritual individual. Was he an atheist? It’s possible, but I strongly doubt it. I’m certain his enemies laid all sorts of untrue labels on him; that was likely one of them. But his reverence for the natural world and for democracy, as well as a strong egalitarian streak and a desire to speak truth to power, makes me question it.
People like him are needed more than ever. We need Rage Against the Machine more than ever right now; or something more contemporary and just as explosive. We need rebels of all stripes to stand up and to do so loudly and proudly; we need great courage, confrontational courage, controversial courage, revolutionary courage.
Here is a good compilation video of Hicks waxing on about religion. Even if you’re a believer, like I very much am, this will get you laughing. Angry laughing, to be precise. That’s what Hicks specialized in—getting those angry laughs from audiences. He wants you to think as you laugh.
Complacency is immoral. Inaction is immoral. Indifference is immoral.
Wherever you are, Bill, I hope you are inspiring rebels everywhere to stand up and fight for this world, the one you left far too early.
Writing Start: n/a (Weekend)
Finish: n/a (Weekend)
New Words (Including Blog): 300 + 200 + 700 + 200 = 1400
1. Melody Book III: Off till 7/24
2. Dreamcatcher: 700 new words
Notes: Some good progress this past weekend.
3. Cheapery St. Book III: 200 new words
Notes: A nice twist in the plot. I’m excited to explore it.
4. Angel Book III: Off till 7/23
5. Stories from the Quiet: Edited what I’ve written in the second story so far
6. Laurie: 200 new words
Notes: A slow day, but a good one in this project. I’m just over a thousand words, with maybe double that to go. Not sure.
7. LOTR: Off
8. Ant Story: Off
(Every Day) Blog: 300
Montaigne: One paragraph