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Five things we can learn from Bill Hicks

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I found this really nice article on Bill Hicks. These are things all PEOPLE could learn – but the article is called “Five things all men can learn “…..perhaps this “men” means “mankind”?

Five things all men can learn from Bill Hicks

And here’s what we could learn –

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1. Don’t take yourself too seriously

Hicks didn’t just admit his failings, he celebrated them with tongue planted firmly in cheek. With his fraught relationship with drugs, cigarettes and alcohol forming a large part of his act, a lesser-known fact is that for all his slights on religion, Hicks was by no means an atheist; exploring numerous spiritual paths, such as Transcendental Meditation. Not that it stopped him ribbing all manner of faiths, that is.

2. You’re not indestructible

Bill Hicks’ death in 1994 was heartbreaking for comedy fans, yet it was also the sobering outcome of a life of excess. Though it’s true the precise causes of pancreatic cancer are still somewhat unknown, it’s not surprising that Hicks’ 50-a-day ciggie habit and sometime alcoholism were thought to have greased the wheels. Of course, as with Dean, Hendrix and Monroe before him (and countless more since), there’s a romance attached to public figures living fast and dying young, but given his time again Hicks may have toned it down (even if only a little) in return for another few decades with us.

3. Don’t settle for mediocrity

“We’re supposed to keep evolving,” Hicks once said on stage. “Evolution did not end with us growing opposable thumbs … there’s another 90 percent of our brains that we have to illuminate.” Though he was directing a jibe at the Church and state having zero bearing on modern life, Hicks’ Darwin-rivalling evolutionary theory can be easily applied to anyone seemingly trapped in a dead end job/town/relationship, because…

4. You can do things on your terms

Bill Hicks never sold out. Granted, we’ll never truly know if he would’ve been seduced by lure of the lucrative corporate teet – something that’s taken in such musical mavericks as Johnny Rotten and Snoop Dogg – had he hit hard times, but given his hearty disdain for “The Man”, it’s unlikely. Both in life and then in death, Hicks built a loyal fan base without ever toeing the line or censoring himself, even if it did mean banishment from television, as with his infamous appearance on Letterman in 1993.

5. It’s just a ride

Arguably Hicks’ most famous offering was in fact no joke, but a soliloquy about existence, on stage at London’s Dominion Theatre, in what turned out to be his last UK appearance. Poignant and philosophical, it’s an astute nod to mankind’s fleeting imprint on the planet and a timely reminder to not get entangled in the cobweb of modern society. So try to bear that in mind next time you’re having a rage-fit because the printer’s out of ink. It is just a ride, after all.

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Author: thelastfurlong

I'm someone also pounding the Path, just like you.. I'm retired, going into Old Age and loving my life. I'm hoping to remain happy and well for as long as possible. Old Age is not SO bad - yet!

2 thoughts on “Five things we can learn from Bill Hicks

  1. Lovely. I think its definitely relevant to man and women kind. ….

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