Excerpt from Bill Hicks: My Philosophy (Aug. 93)

Drug abusers are not criminals in my mind’s eye. At worst, they are just sick, and I know of no jail that has ever healed anyone. I ascribe to a philosophy of Gentle Anarchy. I believe people are inherently GOOD, and left to their own devices – with the free exchange of ideas and information – a joyful lightness would spread across the face of our our world.

I am aware there are many people who do not feel this way. This is why I figured out a way to make everyone happy, while also furthering the idea of Freedom.

Here it is: for those people who think smoking, drugs, abortion, and prostitution should NOT be legal and available – they’re not, they never were, don’t worry, we’re cracking down. There. That way, the world would remain exactly as it is now, only without the onus of guilt, shame, and legality.

Does this mean I am suggesting people smoke, take drugs, get abortions, or go to prostitutes? No. I recommend you do what you want to do, which is what you’re going to do anyway. I am merely suggesting we accept life on life’s terms instead of drowning in a quagmire of niggling SHOULDS and SHOULDN’TS which have done NOTHING to free our spirits from the cloud of guilt and shame that shrouds this planet. Again- forgiveness rather than condemnation, compassion rather than judgement, and love rather than fear. And keep in mind, this radical philosophy is coming from me – an avowed misanthrope. If I can feel this way, surely there is hope for us all. Have we learned anything from all this? I have.“

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