Gervais: Don’t go with the fucking flow

There’s a Ricky Gervais opinion piece in HuffPo today (link) that I wanted to pass along. It’s called, “Life’s too short to go with the flow.”

There are a couple great moments in the piece, but I feel his perspective reflects mine. At least it reflects my perception of my perspective.

Gervais posted a picture of his 20-year old self next to his 50-year old self and he says,

But I love what Muhammed Ali said on the subject…

“The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.”

While my dad was here, he and I talked about how your views at 30 won’t reflect your views at 50 or 60. He claims he was liberal when he was my age too, and he claims that as I grow older, I’ll become more conservative.

I hope that doesn’t happen.

I wouldn’t want to oppress generations who are coming up behind me with conservative “values” simply because I look back and want them to avoid making decisions I made that completely oppose my perspectives.

I want people who choose religion to have the freedom to let religion dictate what’s right and wrong, and I want my absence of religion to be what perpetuates ideas.

Freedom is freedom.

And going with the flow? Dammit, I try my damnedest NOT to go with the flow. And Gervais says:

Going with the flow, for Christ sake? Don’t ever go with the flow. Stop the flow, go against the flow, start the flow, but don’t under any circumstance just go with the flow.

I view Christianity as “The Flow.” The Christians I meet, even the strong ones, front a Christianity that is unquestioned and informed through research that supports their current perspective. The non-believers I know research as many perspectives from that point of view as possible, which I find to be more realistic and necessary for any perspective.

In Christianity, if you don’t choose Christ, you’re a loon and you’re hell bound. If you don’t agree with evolution or secular values, you’re just a loon. And I can live with lunacy. So when I disagree with my own and look foolish, that’s alright by me. I like having the freedom not to agree with every thing that comes out of your mouth for fear of eternal torment.

I realize I offend people, and I do it on purpose. My hope is to offend you, me and everyone. I hope I make people think, too. Gervais writes:

And never just try to offend either. That’s churlish, pointless and frankly too easy. But always say what you mean. Be honest. No one should ever be offended by truth. That way you’ll never have to apologise. I hate when a comedian says “Sorry for what I said.” You shouldn’t have said it. You shouldn’t say it if you didn’t mean it and you should never regret anything you meant to do. As a comedian I think my job isn’t just to make people laugh but also make them think. As a famous comedian I also want a strict door policy on my club. Not everyone will like what I say or find it funny. And I wouldn’t have it any other way. There’s enough comedians who try to please everyone as it is. Good luck to them, but that’s not my game I’m afraid.

I’ll end with this quick moment from Gervais’ shameless plug for his new series called, “Life’s too short.” Gervais writes:

Enjoying life. While it lasts. Because that’s all, folks. Make the most of it.

I don’t know why that scares the loads of believers who fall for Pascal’s Wager or all the people who suffer loss when people “go to heaven.” I don’t think I ever will.

For me, I’m making the most of it.

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