As the holiday season cranks up and we are told to buy, buy, buy and give, give, give and pay for it all later, there has never been a better time to see we don't need to buy and consume to be entertained and amused - we've always been in the amusement park.
As the familiar institutions of governments and world economies shake, crack and crumble and that which we have relied on falls away, now is the time to wake up and see it's all just a ride. A ride we all waited eagerly in line to get on.
Spiritual teachers of wisdom and truth come in many disguises ... This one came disguised as comedian 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 is how powerful our minds are. And the ride goes up and down, and round and round, and it has thrills and chills, and it is very brightly colored, and it is very loud. And it is fun for a while.
Some people have been on it for a very long time, and they begin to question, 'Is this real, or is it just a ride?' And other people have remembered, and they have 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 furrow of worry, look at my big bank account, and my family . . . this just has to be real.'
It's just a ride. But we always try to kill those good guys who try to tell us that. You ever notice that? And let the demons run amok. But it does not 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, 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 can 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 on feeding, clothing and educating the poor of the world, which it would many times over, not one human excluded. And we could explore space together both inner and outer forever in peace."
Bill Hicks [1961-1994]
"Watching television is like taking black spray paint to your third eye."