William Melvin Hicks (December 16, 1961 – February 26, 1994) was an American stand-up comedian, social critic, satirist, and musician. His material—encompassing a wide range of social issues including religion, politics, and philosophy—was controversial and often steeped in dark comedy.
If you want to understand a society, take a good look at the drugs it uses. . . . Except for pharmaceutical poison, there are essentially only two drugs that Western civilization tolerates: caffeine from Monday to Friday to energize you enough to make you a productive member of society, and alcohol from Friday to Monday to keep you too stupid to figure out the prison that you are living in.
If you don't believe drugs have done good things, then burn all your records, tapes, and cds, because every one of those artists who have made brilliant music and enhanced your lives? Rrrreal fucking high on drugs. The Beatles were so high they let Ringo sing a few songs.
The world is like a ride in an amusement park. You think it's real because that's how powerful our minds are. The ride goes up and down, round and round; it has thrills and chills; it's brightly colored, loud, and 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 remember. They come back to us and say, "Hey don't worry; don't be afraid, ever, because this is just a ride." We kill those people.