Bill Cosby Is Glad He Was Born, and So Are We

Beliefnet sits down with the charismatic comedian for a life lesson in Twitter, beating the odds, and above all else, thankfulness.

Bill Cosby’s latest book, I Didn’t Ask to Be Born (But I’m Glad I Was) is typical Cosby, which is to say, a very atypical book. Told in short memorable bursts, it’s an easy read with something for everyone. He moves from stories of the Bible, to the awkwardness of erectile dysfunction ads in a way that only a true doctor of comedy can. The book is filled with curiously located QR Codes that link to clever videos of Cosby opining on subjects related to the surrounding pages. It’s a unique presentation from a man so passionate about helping young people, he’s willing to embrace any and all technology.

Beliefnet: You seem to really get in to technology? Is that something strategic on your part?

Cosby: It’s business, if you don’t do it, you sit with the prehistoric animals. I’m old, not dead. Social networking helps reach people easier and quicker. People can make a choice right there.


Beliefnet: You are very active on Twitter. What do you think about how it has changed communication?

Cosby: I love Twitter, but some people use profanity so much that at some point it’s like saying, “pass the salt.” When I was a kid, there was a time when profanity became a part of the slang and punctuation. It was a light sprinkling of spice. However, there was that part of you that knew there were certain people you wouldn’t say it around, women, elders, children, but that’s not the case in social media. I remember being in the car with my daughter and she was maybe 4 and on the radio station they were playing James Brown and he says, “Good God” and she repeated it. Kids don’t know stuff is bad and they see too much of it. Kids need to remember that when you put something on Twitter, it’s not like whispering to your friend, you’ve put it on a billboard that the whole world, including your own kids someday, can see.

Beliefnet: You seem to be at your best when talking about family issues, is this book more comedy or parenting/life lessons? As an author, how do you approach writing?

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