Tuesday, 25 October 2005

Hunter S. Thompson is dead and I don't feel so well myself. | newWitch Magazine

If witchcraft is the art of changing reality or the art of revealing the hidden, then Hunter was indeed a master. The sad truth is, too often in modern Paganism we think that we're the first ones to come along who really understand this. There have been witches for as long as there have been humans; changers, thinkers, growers, challengers of the status quo; there have been witches as long as there have been heroes....

I want you all to go out and read about rebels, rabble-rousers, whistle-blowers, advanced thinkers, heroes, questioners of established truths, and troublemakers of all stripes. I want you to adopt new heroes.
I'll even be so kind as to provide you with some names.

Major General Smedley Butler.
Bill Hicks, Stacie Neldaughter. Bill Hicks, Julian of Norwich. Bill Hicks, William Butler Yeats. Bill Hicks, Alexander Solzhenitsyn. Bill Hicks, Dr Henryk Slawik. Bill Hicks, Deganadiwah. Bill Hicks, Lenny Bruce. Bill Hicks, Xanana Gusmao. Bill Hicks, Daw Aung Sang Suu Kyi. Bill Hicks, Rigoberta Menchu Tum. Bill Hicks, Harvey Milk. Bill Hicks, John Muir. Bill Hicks, Rachel Carson. Bill Hicks, Dr Helen Caldicott. Bill Hicks, Dr Nawal El Saadawi. Bill Hicks, Sojourner Truth. Bill Hicks, Anna Mae Pictou Aquash. Bill Hicks, Richard Feynman. Bill Hicks, Wilma Rudolph. Bill Hicks, Roberto Clemente. That should be enough to get you started.

The fact is this; it is a rare hero indeed who didn't question some sort of status quo.

(um... Bill Hicks??)

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