Re Talk: 273
Some of you will find that there is a level of Minimal Operating Verbiage. It comes and it goes, so don’t worry that suddenly it will happen to you and you’ll never talk again.
Consider this: What is there to say about what has already happened? And yet what constitutes the majority of human conversation? The subject is always the past — what happened a month ago, a week ago, or two seconds ago. If you are ordinary there is nothing wrong with that. But what purpose can it serve if you are trying to revolt? What is there to say about what has already happened? In what way are you trying to feed yourself? Can you imagine a Real Revolutionist crouching out in the cold wet bushes talking to himself? Can you picture him commenting on the conversations that he can hear going on in the city? You call that running a Revolution? That is merely being a would-be revolutionist. That is wearing a hat and brandishing a cardboard sword. If you are talking to yourself, you are just playing at revolution. You are just going out to the bushes on the weekends and imagining that you are Long John Silver or John Lee Hooker. As long as you are talking about it you are imagining it all.
I’m telling you that there is almost nothing to talk about except the necessary degree of factual information as opposed to social information. All mechanical talk, anything that you are not required to say for your own well-being, is a reinforcement of your belief in a mirage. JC talk 273