It's Just A Ride
by Bill Hicks

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 and  it has
thrills  and chills  and  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, don't be afraid -- ever -- because... this is just a ride.' And
we kill those people.

'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  has to be  real.' It's just a  ride. But we  always kill
those good guys who  try and tell us that -- ever  notice that? -- and
we 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  worry. No  job. No savings  and money.  Just a
choice, right now, between fear and love. The eyes of fear want you to
put  bigger  locks on  your  door,  buy  bigger 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,  into 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 do  many  times over  -- not  one human  being
excluded -- and  we can explore space together, both  inner and outer,
forever. In peace.