Jan Cox Talk 0284

Fringes

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 Diagram # 129 photo  Note: (Real Revolutionary Recruits) in the Fringes on left of drawing

Diagram # 129 photo Note: (Real Revolutionary Recruits) in the Fringes on left of drawing


Summary

Jan Cox Talk #284 ** Oct 8, 1987 ** 1:53
Notes by TK

Kyroot reading to :05.

Diagram of The State containing the People, intermediate Institutions, surrounded by the City, ‘fringes’ and Bushes [three intersecting circles: small top one labeled `Ruling Powers’, small middle one `Institutions’, larger lower one labeled `People’.  These are inscribed within a larger circle labeled City and all are subsumed by a largest circle labeled State; the area between State and City circles is labeled “fringes”; “bushes” is lettered along the periphery of the State circle.

The diagram is true externally as well as internally. The ‘fringes’ is where would-be Real Revolutionist’s or new recruits lurk about; it is a no-man’s land between the city and the bushes. Institutions are apparently for the good of the People–for their civilization and cultural advancement, but the Real Revolutionist knows them to be merely in support of the status quo, i.e., D-related activities. The Real Revolutionist sees everything in 3’s, which includes Time; everything is seen as either useful or useless.

To ordinary perception E-force always seems to be out of time sync; it is like the unmoving background in modern ‘cheap’ cartoons, which sets off the activities of the primary binary actors. The Few must make such a background synch to C and D time; must ‘drag in E’.

So-called mystical states of completion/perfection are zones of thermal equilibrium: equally heated, informed, balanced and energized. However, the common man must be in disequilibrium–ie., in evolution. Even the Real Revolutionist is drawn continuously back into disequilibrium and will drift into a dreamworld if he never joins the actual struggle against disequilibrium. The Few must feed all areas of their State with non-binary, balanced info–info that won’t migrate to the true/false poles. The Few have got to seek out conflict, pressure–fight and become bloodied. They have only one sec. to act; to “pull a knife on bad news”.

If the Revolution is perceived by the ordinary to be thoughtful, reasonable, kind etc. it is effete. It must be uncomfortable and threatening; produce Fear and therefore respect. It must produce opposition or be stillborn. (And yet: what is more unpredictable than the effect of new data on the People?).

The Revolution has got to be cost effective or it’s doomed. The use of resources must be conserved, particularly your own energy. C and D energy cannot run the Revolution. E energy must be used; to ignore it is to waste it.

1:39 UFN’s

1:45 Epilog on Group size increase, with example of “rethinking”


And Kyroot Said…

The Real Revolutionist knows that the only permanent ally is
his own Aim.

***

From one ordinary view, the Real Revolutionist can appear
single-minded and inflexible, but from another level, his power
and aptitude for compromise would seem infinite.

***

I once heard a mortal philosopher referred to as “He who
sometimes skates dangerously close to the edge of significance.”

***

The Real Revolutionist does not see human conflicts as being
between good-&-evil, but between interests, and his aim is no
longer to somehow show-the-truth to others, but is to implement
the correct in himself.

***

The Ruling Power’s generals all believe that the manner and
execution of battles are irrelevant, and that only the outcome is
meaningful. The Real Revolutionist is not so sure.

***

The dress required for life-among-the greedy makes a mere
hair shirt seem like a silk lounger.

***

I once met a human who was so attentive to, and appreciative
of, himself, that he confided,” I’m like the father I never had.”

***

With whom might the Real Revolutionist be in collusion?

***

I once heard a Prime Minister proclaim, “Public opinion wins
wars,” and a General muttered, “And bullets help a lot.”

***

Only the “People,” I mean the real bourgeoisie, we’re
talking “common man” here, can forever be controlled by ordinary
fear of punishment and routine hope of reward. (If you ever have
times when you wonder if you really are “all that common” just
remember this.)
***

Once heard a famous inventor say that “Religion is bunk.”
Also heard a priest on the beach say that he felt the same about
all those “Edisons, Fords and Westinghouses.” So, it just goes
to show you, again.

***

Ordinary desires for self-improvement can be described as a
man serenading his genes with that old tune, “Why do you do me
like you do, do, do?”

***

The Real Revolutionist knows that the passions of the People
have no lasting loyalty.

***

Big sentences require big periods.

***

There are those speeches and utterances of Man that strike
wonder and joy in the hearts of the hearers. But if talk in
general were of any particular merit, let’s face it, even your
brother-in-law would be revered and famous.

***

If it is, as I have heard, that “A good example is a living
picture of a good sermon,” then a hand grenade would be a fucking
masterpiece.

***

Remember, it was the Ruling Powers who gave people the
proverb, “If God be for you, who can be against you?”…who
indeed.

***

Everyone should always be complimented (just in case you’ve
mistaken your betters for your inferiors AGAIN).

***

Real anger is either temporary lunacy, or brief lucidity;
it’s all a matter of the difference between the fat-happy-many,
and the lean-mean-few who don’t give a damn for truth, the state,
or propriety.

***
Just remember: You’re never too old to be taken alive.

***

One human writer noted that, “Every man is a son of his own
handiwork.” Which may, or may not be very significant, but at
least it’s better than what my second cousin used to say, that
“Every man is a son-of-a-bitch.”

***

Eventually, eventually, I said, time teaches EVERYBODY a
lesson.

***


Transcript

10/8/87

THE INAPPROPRIATE AND UNEXPECTED REVOLUTION

Other than just the verbal description of the revolution,
which I’ve used in the past, tonight I’m going to attempt to give
you a two dimensional picturization. (Although it would be
better to attempt to picture the revolution three-dimensionally,
at least two dimensions should help some of you.)

This is a drawing of the state in you, and perhaps even the
state out there — if there were such a thing. Within the state,
we’ve got what would appear to be the ruling powers, often known
as the government inside of you. There seems to be, in you, if
not the clearcut feeling, than the continuing inclination that
there is a set of ruling powers. All people, including
historical religious prophets, have had the feeling of a
partnership — of being torn between forces. Your grandparents
used to call them good and evil.

What at first would perhaps appear to be the other side of
the ruling powers is what I’m referring to as the people. One
easy way to possibly see the people is by looking at the ruling
powers — in you and out there — at any given moment. There’s a
part of you that says, “Hey, we’ve got to get up early and be at
our new job in the morning.” The people is everything else in
you — a huge, faceless mass; a herd that is almost a living
example of inertia, indifference, laziness and habit. All of
this is an imperfect description because I seem to be using
critical terminology. But it does reflect the connection between
the ruling powers and the people.

There there is what can be called the institutions. They
seem to be either flowing from the ruling powers or to be a
connection between these powers and the mass of the people. The
institutions are aggressive forces in you. Out there it seems
that there is an institution of commerce, and in people
individually it’s referred to as greed, ambition. The
institution of academia, in you, would appear to be that part of
you which has a love for a structured kind of learning. That
institution in the individual would cause the desire to go to
college.

Then there could be what I’ve mentioned as the city which is
within the state itself, and encompasses everything I’ve been
referring to with a capital C.

Next are the real revolutionists and the recruits. I assume
that by now you’ve figured out, by real revolutionists, I’m
referring to people like me, people actually involved with This,
and maybe sometimes you. When I refer to recruits I’m obviously
including you would-be revolutionists. I’ve been referring to
living in the bushes which are right on the line. The fringes
are at the city limits and, at the very least, the recruits are
holding out there. Sometimes I refer to you as would-be
revolutionists and at other times recruits. The recruits go back
and forth from the fringes, which are a sort of no man’s land on
the edge of the city, into the city itself. The city is one area
within Life’s body that is growing. It is where all of the good
establishment — the hoi-polloi, the bourgeoisie, and the common
man reside.

The fringes can be seen as the area of the loose wire in my
description of man as a living nervous system, and of those few
people who have a loose wire. They are located right outside of
the city and nobody lives there. It’s an area that’s beginning
to cease to be urban or suburban; it’s turning into wilderness.
When the forces that are in charge of cutting the grass and
picking up the highway get close to this no man’s land, they’re
inclined to slack off their job. There are weeds and ditches in
this area that some people can hide out in — even if they’re not
revolutionists yet.

The kind of references I make to living outside the city, in
the cold and damp, in the bushes, are not literal. I’m not
living in the woods anymore. But it’s so much more than
figurative. Try to have some picture of this map of the city.
It is a kind of fair two-dimensional representation of the ruling
powers — the goverment inside and the people.

The ruling powers are not the real power in Life, although
they appear so. People throughout history believe in conspiracy
theories. They believe that there is a literal, physical, mortal
conspiracy running everything. The only reason it is so
believable is because there is a conspiracy. It is a conspiracy
of a minimum of Three Forces operating; it is a conspiracy of a
Third Force that man does not recognize which controls
everything. Man is singing not only to his genes but to his
imagined conspiracy of “Why do you do me like you do, do, do?”

The common man is always crying out about gods, but that
concept does not tell the revolutionary anything. Religion is
not the institution of revolutionists — it just won’t do it.
When I refer to the common man, it is not a critical judgment;
it’s not an attack on everybody in life. From the widest
possible view, you and I are no better than anybody else. But
when it comes to doing something revolutionary in life being part
of the people, being part of the bourgeoisie won’t do it. You’ve
had all of your life to realize that. You must be able to
picture that the institutions do not simply exist out there —
they exist in you. In people these institutions can be referred
to as interests or talents. You do not all respond to them in
the same way. Some of you might be tone deaf. And if I referred
to music as being one of the useful institutions in the state of
man, you might feel short-changed. To you, all so-called music
might sound like noise. And some of you may look at art and say,
“What does it mean. It’s a mess!” None of you will respond to
every institution in life, in the culture of the state I’m
referring to as institutions. But you who are involved with This
should somewhere down in your genes, in your own DNA notice at
least a slight reverberation of, “Yes, this art or music is
obviously meaningful somewhere.” Even noise creates sound waves,
and even if you were deaf, molecularly speaking it would effect
you. Everything that the senses are involved with has a
molecular effect upon you. Even if you do not have a hard-wired,
inbred reaction to certain institutions in life, you should have
a kind of appreciation and understanding that they do serve a
purpose. There should be a place located in you that would
respond — maybe not in an earthshaking way — to what is
described as any cultural institution with a certain
understanding. Even if you’re not particularly interested in a
certain institution, you would have the feeling, “I can
understand that this is serving some purpose in holding
civilization together. And although I seem to be color-blind in
this area, I can see it is important to other people.” The point
is that these institutions exist not only out in life but in
everybody to some degree.

The real revolutionist, referring to the people actually
involved with This, or at least me and on a good day some of you,
lives in an area that touches everything. And the revolutionist
sees everything in threes. Everyone else, everyone who is living
in the city, sees only twos. The great binary historical
examples are that they see only good and evil, up and down, right
and wrong, and to bring the partnership up to date — a conscious
and unconscious mind. They also see everything in their city
existence, on a further binary basis, as being that which is
relevant and that which is useless.

Here’s something a little more specific about the ruling
powers. Speaking of the ruling powers is a way of expressing a
certain binary manner in which life is seen out there and in you.
Everything is seen as a matter of dominate or be dominated. The
sole name of external, horizontal power is get it, hold on to it,
use it or lose it. If you are part of the ruling powers, you
have got to be dominant at all times. A slight misstep and you
have an instantaneous coup d’etat, and you are out there with the
people. To go from being part of the ruling powers to being a
common man could be worse than starting out as a common man.
Think of some of those revolutionary figures in horizontal
history.

It seems that the institutions are apparently there to serve
the people. From the revolutionary view they actually only
support the status quo — D related activities and information.
Although it can seem as if the institutions, such as science or
philosophy, can periodically reveal new information, if you could
look at these in at least 2 1/2 dimensional consciousness, you
could see that all these activities are D related. Out there the
institutions are always supporting the ruling powers.

If we were talking about an imagined external conspiracy, we
could say that the ruling powers have set up the great
institutions to placate and calm the people. It would be as if
the great institutions of learning, the museums, the symphonies
were all developed to pacify the people and quell the possibility
of revolutions.

If you don’t believe the things I’m mentioning about the
institutions, take yourself as an example. Why didn’t your
religion, or financial profit, or your culture work for you? You
tried, to some degree, to take the suggestions that came from
these areas in life and you ended up with me. The institutions
— both internal and external — are not there to help and serve
us all.

Now I’m going to hit you with some more areas having to do
with the state. There is something you’ve never considered
before concerning one of the Three ad hoc Forces that we could
name E. To ordinary perception E always seems to be out of time
sync. It appears that only the apparent conflict between the ad
hoc forces which I sometimes refer to as C and D is presently
active. Remember, if I had not referred to E, you wouldn’t
consider or think about it and it wouldn’t exist for you.

Here is an example to try and help you to picture what I
refer to as E being out of time sync. In cartoons that were
produced some time ago, to cut down on costs, they were created
so that the background appeared to be unmoving while the
characters moved. E is like that almost unmoving background that
remains scene after scene while C and D appear to be in the
foreground as the figures actually moving. In real life these
figures have been called good and evil, right and wrong, heros
and villains. But E is still the background. You watch the
movements of the actors, and to ordinary consciousness, E, the
background never moves.

The revolutionist has got to take E and drag it — almost
kicking and screaming — into his twentieth century, into his
now. You must drag the irrelevant into the midst of the two
forces going on in you right now — the seeming dichotomies of,
“I feel like I want to do one thing, but then I feel like I
don’t. I worry about how long I’m going to live, and then I
think, `So what? Give me another cigarette and a drink.'”

To fall in with my current C, D, and E descriptions C is
apparently constructive, D apparently destructive and E
apparently irrelevant. You must take what seem to be the
irrelevant and force it into the binary dance. You must pull E
into what would apparently be an active role. This is unnatural
and on the 2-Dimensional level of ordinary consciousness it can’t
be done.

You must continually live as though you were a revolutionist
on the verge of danger — the constant danger that you might be
falling back into the hands of C and D. You don’t need to go
downtown to find the middle class gentrified neighborhoods or the
ghettos — just look inside.

Almost all ordinary philosophers and most of you, at one
time, have attempted to think the unthinkable. You tried to
figure out why if there’s a supreme being whose got a tremendous
amount of power, he can’t stop all the things that seem
despicable. And you try really hard to understand, but you’re
trying to look at both sides of a coin at once; ordinary
consciousness cannot do it. Or take someone who attempts to use
a western version of meditation to clear their mind — good luck!
They might say, “I used to get headaches trying to clear my mind,
now I get dizzy.” “Really? Oh, I hope I can reach that stage
some day.” It’s a nice agreeable hobby.

If you live only in the midst of the 2-dimensional dance you
can only be aware of two desires — “I hope I enjoying showing up
tonight and he talks in a way that inspires me. But I’m really
tired; I’m bored; I wonder if this is going anywhere; I’m hungry;
I’m cold.” There is no end to it. You have got to see that this
whole world, this state, this ordinary state of you and everybody
else operates as though the individual, the state itself were a
dance floor. There are two factors going on in this dance — C
and D, one and two, off and on — there is no relief from it.
There’s nothing wrong; this is the way you’re supposed to
operate.

A way in which to set up conditions conducive to expanding
your state and learning how to live out on the edge, is to try to
find the reality behind what I’m describing as pulling in the E.
All of you can hear me when I say that in any situation you can
describe two choices. You can describe, define, and limit
verbally and the way you feel in these two areas that constitute
this quote “problem” or question or situation. Once you’ve
isolated the two aspects of any problem, everything else in the
world right now is irrelevant to that problem. This everything
else is E. Your shoe size, how many clothes you have, whether
you’re a man or a woman — all of this is irrelevant.

For ordinary people, everything that is not part of their
problem or focus is irrelevant. This has to be true in the city
because if the irrelevant finally became relevant everything
would explode. Nothing would work; the binary world would fall
apart.

There is a religiously based phrase whose variations have
been in existence for 2500 years — “Wherever the gods build a
temple, the demons establish a chapel nearby.” There are
versions of this idea everywhere. What should the idea be saying
to a would-be revolutionist? One thing it is doing is taking
note of the absolutely inseparable nature of C and D. You can
pull out the religious terminology and think of this idea in
terms of other institutions. Let’s say someone built a hospital
or a new college — something considered good. You could go home
and come back tomorrow, and next to the hospital you’d find a
toxic dump. What ordinary consciousness has failed to note,
while noticing the inseparable nature of C and D, is the third
direction of the wind — E. E would be the land that the two
structures, seen as C and D, are built on; it is what connects
them. E is also the space that separates them and keeps them
from merging. If you can jump fast and carry consciousness to at
least a 3-dimensional level, you can look at E as the element
that keeps everything from running together.

Among the people and even among some would-be
revolutionists, we have conditions that would seem to be
extraordinary — sometimes referred to as mystical states, etc.
These states could be classified as the people’s picture of
perfection and completion. Everyone has the notion, “I should be
better. I should lose weight or quit smoking. I should quit
drinking coffee.” People’s ideas of completion run the whole
gamut from mystical states to seemingly physchological
descriptions of someone being a more complete, full person.

I am about to bring out a new description of such states as
being a kind of thermal equilibrium; an unnatural condition
wherein all areas of a mans being would seem equally heated,
informed and energized. Now all of these four terms that I
mentioned would be important. The entire being of the man at
that time, the complete state would seem to be equally heated,
informed, balanced, and energized. I assure you that this
condition would pass muster in any state as being a mystical
experience. If we had people in some state that had no such term
they would call it being, I guess, as happy as a pig in occult
mud. They would think of it as being so happy that it scared
them. They’d think, “Nobody should be this happy. I’m probably
going to die from being this happy.”

The people, the common man in you must stay in a state that
is not balanced. If all information, heat and energy were
balanced in the ordinary person; they would suddenly be
satisfied; they would suddenly be at home. You would have
another version of the irrelevant becoming relevant and
everything would stop. The cities in everyone’s state, not only
out there but in here, would disintegrate.

Fitting into the ordinary laws of so-called thermodynamics,
even the real revolutionists, who may be periodically able to
struggle against disequilibrium, because of the laws of nature,
tend to return to the unbalanced state. Even those who might get
out into the bushes and stay there for some length of time are
influenced by the same laws. But at least they know what it’s
like to be in a place that is, in a sense, freed from the city.
Those of you who’ve experienced that certain freedom realize that
there is a tendency to snap right back to your previous state of
mechanical disequilibrium. For those of you taking crude
bourgeoisie notes, it’s to go back to being like you’ve always
been — back to the same old stuff.

Something co-related to this tendency to snap back is how
the recruits are treated in This. They seem to be given
continually ever-changing goals. It seems as though what appears
to be new information continually shifts before it is understood,
before it seems to be completed or consumed. This process
assists in the struggle against the ordinary state of dis-
equilibrium. It is a part of the use and purpose of This ever
shifting information. If you’re out in the fringes among the
recruits, it is easy to forget that if you only listen and plot
and dream, and you actually never move or try to get into the
battle, you soon begin to tire. You begin to drift away into a
dream world. As irrational as it is in the 3-dimensional world,
having unstable aims and using shifting methods helps to lead the
revolutionist to this unnatural state of thermal equilibrium.
Whereas mechanically speaking, the same things keep the people in
their natural state of disequilibrium. When you get past the 3-
dimensional level, this ever shifting information is intended to
help facilitate you to feed all the parts of your territory, your
being, with energy that is not binary, not incomplete. What you
think about, picture and want is no longer in bits and pieces,
which keep one in the state of dis-equilibrium. Ordinary people
believe they must overcome bits and pieces of information, but it
is their natural state to view life in such a manner.

One in a unnatural state of thermal equilibrium would not
know things in pieces or on the basis that they are true or
false. If something is simply true to you and you’ve been
convinced of it, that knowledge or new information does not
spread to your entire state. It goes to one part of you which
says, “That’s true.” And there is always an equal place, an
equal part somewhere in the city that says, “That’s not true.”
Nothing has any importance unless there is opposition to it, not
just out there, but internally as well. When an idea no longer
has any opposition, noone discusses it anymore.

As an example of something you might believe to be true,
take the notion that a supreme being might symbolize love. That
information could not be equally balanced or distributed in you.
If someone denied it, you would be upset. If you say, “the gods
symbolize love.” and someone else says, “the gods dont’t even
exist”, you might think or say, `I wish you hadn’t said that.’
You are not in a state of equilibrium. If there were a reality
behind the idea that “the gods symbolize love”, you don’t
understand it. For you to understand the reality behind that
statement, you’ve got to be past the point of the binary dance.
To understand something, you must have the ability to See it as
being either true or false. And something is not true for you if
it can be attacked.

In order to See that everything is not simply true and
false, you would have to be able to drag in all that seems to be
irrelevant, and having a continuing time awareness. Two people
cannot dance without a dance floor. You can begin to see the
dance floor as the third partner. That which seems to be
irrelevant is not, it’s just as important as the other two winds.
Were it not for what I refer to as E Force, C and D could not be
conceived of. You could not be binarily conscious unless there
were something to separate C and D.

To the real revolutionist, nothing is irrelevant. The
things that everyone else calls irrelevant chokes them, and you
also, at the ordinary level. Looked at another way, the
irrelevant is the door to freedom. It’s the escape hatch going
up. Ordinary people think that the gods would obviously be C in
my description of C and D. But if there was a reality to some
kind of just figure, some kind of individual state outside our
system that one could call quote “the gods”, it would be an E.
That’s not true but if it had any validity in the ordinary level
of consciousness, the gods would not be C or D, they would be E.
If you move quickly and carry the idea of a supreme being to
another state, if it had any validity, a supreme being would be
C, D and E all together. Life has made religious theologians and
people thousands of years ago say, “The supreme being is three
parts.” And after they say it and it strikes most people as
being true, someone says, “Well, how can that be?” And everyone,
including the people who expressed the idea say, “I don’t know.
It seems right, but it makes no sense.”

The would-be revolutionist — the recruits — must accept,
use and very shortly actively seek conflict and pressure. If you
don’t seek this pressure, you’ll never see new sights, you’ll
never acquire meaningful scars. If it were possible for you to
trick me and hang around in the fringes, where the revolutionary
activity apparently was going to start, without getting into the
actual fight, you wouldn’t be able to move in This. You must use
the sorts of experiences that happen to everybody continually —
the death of a relative, a broken love affair, the loss of your
job. You must fight with these common occurrences. You can
create new muscle by being in these direct conflicts, and by
fighting them. Everyone in the city thinks that they have scars,
but the ones you create must be meaningful and intentional. You
cannot operate as though you were a common man. Do not operate
as everything in you is wired up to operate. When you want to
cry, you should laugh.

Although these are almost two dimensional descriptions, you
should be able to carry them a little further. Don’t ever let
them see you mad or disappointed. Don’t ask for mercy.
Everything that you want to be and are taught to be, not only out
there in your institutions and culture but by your own genetic
code is not revolutionary data — it’s not fresh information.
Sometimes you think that some secret coded messages are coming
through you, and that they must be close to revolutionary
information. But the messages that you receive, no matter how
seemingly subversive, are always about things that you can
already do. They are your own wired up system talking to you
about how to be you. And by now you know the difference. You
people here now and those hearing This information at other times
and places, who have a natural taste for This, know the
difference between being you, just the people, and making some
real effort. You know the difference between what seems to be
the desire to be something and what seems to be your natural
self, what seems to be the real you, and the pretend you, what
seems to be the would-be ruling powers and what seems to be just
the common people. If you didn’t know the difference, you
wouldn’t continue to come here. You know what I’m talking about,
not just verbally, but what at times I can apparently convey to
you emotionally. And strange as it is, you people at another
time and place, if you’re correctly drawn to This, it strikes
something in you over time and space. That something is not
natural and it takes a certain kind of effort.

There is an unnatural effort going on here. This is
unnatural information; it is useless information; it is
rebellious information. The kind of unnatural efforts I’m
talking about are not such things as getting up thirty minutes
early and running an extra mile every morning — that’s nothing.
Fear and hope of some kind of horizontal reward will make you do
that, the desire to lose weight or to be healthier or sexier will
make you do that. Those reasons are common and there is no
effort involved in them.

I am not trying to frighten you, but you cannot hang out
here in the fringes, you cannot listen to me and get this new
information, and even plot and dream about what you’re going to
do the first thing tomorrow, or the first chance you get. If you
do that for too long, you begin to drift off, and you fall back
into a new version of the cartoon. This dreaming weakens you,
and will finally bring you back to Line-level consciousness.

It is dangerous to hang around in the fringes and to start
taking unexpected naps — drifting off and daydreaming when you
should be alert. And when you hear This over and over again and
it means something to you but you still refuse to get in the
conflict and fight everything that happens to you, the real
danger is that you are dragged back into the outlook of the city.
But you’ve collected what seems to be this new data, and you
don’t realize that you’re back in the grip of the city.

Rather than taking everything that happens to you as bad
luck, and moaning and groaning — doing what you’ve always done
— you should look at these seemingly difficult situations as a
chance to personally fight. You should think, “This situation
should break my heart. I should ask somebody for mercy. I
should curse somebody. But there is no way that I will do any of
those things.” Getting involved in a conscious battle is the
only way to pick up new strength, and to See something new.

Those of you for which This has some reality, for which This
was an inbred genetic hunger, have got to move. You’ve got to
get cut, and you’ve got to do it on purpose. Ordinary bad luck
happens to everybody in the city. Everyone is going to die; all
the institutions will crumble. You must willfully take what
seems to occur to everybody — the general run of bad luck — and
look at it as being a confrontation saying, “Okay reality do your
worst. Okay reality here it is.” And you must pull a knife.
Something happens that you apparently can’t help — your best
friend dies, you lose your job, your sweetheart walks out the
door and says, “Later for you, Charlie.” You may hear something
that would ordinarily break your heart, or as soon as you hear
it, you feel hurt. You can’t cry or even bat an eye. What you
should do is to pull a knife on this reality. You have just one
second to stop this chemical reaction that is occurring from
turning into an electrical reaction. You have one second to keep
from taking whatever information you’ve heard personally. So you
must pull a knife; come up with a gun; be ready for hand to hand
combat with what has already happened.

As I pointed out to you, in general, it takes three seconds
and at the most five seconds for the bad news, for something that
happens at the ordinary level of consciousness, to completely
take you over. And then the tears and whining begin; your
posture changes. The real revolutionist has got one second to
realize all of this. You must realize that there is nothing to
be done. It’s already been stated that your best friend has
died. You’ve got one second to pull the knife on death. You’re
not going to change it. You must be ready to do hand to hand
combat with reality. If you don’t, you’ll eventually drift away
from This and lose whatever your initial interest was. Your
genes will wear down, and you’ll be back being part of the common
man in the city. And there you’ll be, and there you’ll die.
Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Here is another aspect of this. Those attempting to do This
Thing are in the part of Life’s own genetic structure that wants
to jump ahead, to do something different, to grow faster and
ignite its own new areas in its nervous system. From the
ordinary view, if this would-be revolution of real change was
perceived as being thoughtful, kind and reasonable it would never
be feared. And just like out there, if something is not feared,
it is not respected. If something is not respected, it will not
be opposed. And if this cause is not opposed, it will be
stillborn.

Another description is that if you just hang around the
fringes and take in data without attempting to use it, your
revolutionary tendencies become stillborn. You no longer oppose
all of this, you just accept it. If you begin to believe that
everything I say is true and that all of these pictures are
beautiful, and they all fit together and make a lot of sense, you
are no longer a revolutionist. What has happened is that you now
perceive this revolution as being thoughtful, reflective and
kind. It seems to be reasonable once you get past the initial
kind of illogical shock, and now you no longer oppose it. You
may believe that you have finally made some progress. You may
think, “For months and years I often wondered if this were some
kind of fraud, and now I don’t worry about it. I feel as if I’m
really home. Whatever you say, even if it doesn’t seem to make
sense, I accept it.” Even if at one time you had a true
revolutionary spirit, it is now stillborn. There is no safe and
sane revolution.

What I’m about to say has extreme contemporaneous pertinence
for us. Try to remember everything I’ve said and didn’t say
tonight — which would be E — and bring all of that in. Now let
me say one more thing along these lines. What is more
unpredictable than the effect of new data upon the people? You
need to Hear that quickly. Let’s assume that some of the effect
of This data is subject to willful control on my part, since I
make up the rules and give the descriptions. If everything else
seems to be a kind of predictable, chaotic world of predetermined
chance — C, D and E all together — you would think that This
would have to be some kind of exception. I refer you back to the
sub-paragraph — what could be more unpredictable than the effect
of new data upon the people? That question has extreme
pertinence to what you are doing here and in other cities at this
time. And those of you hearing This at some other time, in some
other city, don’t feel as though you’re excluded from some secret
information. My question has extreme pertinence to you, wherever
or whenever you hear this.

Here is something else about the would-be revolution. It
has got to be truly cost effective or it is doomed. Whenever you
can see the opportunity to conserve anything, you should do so.
You should not be a part of the people. Although when you turn
out a light, you do not directly effect the amount of energy Life
has to produce, whenever you are aware of it, you should not
waste energy. Do not waste resources of any kind.

From what may appear to be a fairly mundane and material end
of a spectrum, try and Consider what I might mean by “cost
effective”. By now I assume that none of you look upon the world
of money as being of any great importance. It is certainly not
the only or most important resource. With humans much more
important resources are your energy and your interest, which can
be lost or worn down by not acting. The interest and energy
which you seem to have to pursue This should be more important to
you than any amount of money. They are the most important kinds
of resources. And yet the realm of cost effectiveness goes all
the way from saving electricity to saving and protecting your
interest in This. This revolution is doomed if it is not cost
effective. In a sense, up until now, it has never been cost
effective because I have paid the cost. In a real sense, outside
of the fiscal level, I have paid the price. You must now pay
your own price.

One way to look at cost effectiveness is that you cannot run
the revolution or yourself on C and D energy. It is not cost
effective. You can hang out in the fringes and talk and dream of
revolution until the bartenders come home, but it is doomed if
you try running it on C and D energy. It would be like trying to
put water, or gas that was mixed with water, into an internal
combustion engine. You cannot be cost effective if you waste or
ignore E. If a revolution could be cost effective by ignoring
the irrelevant than all religions would take all men to new
universes. They would all be an instantaneous revolution.
Everyone would be able to think their way out of the city and
into paradise. You would be able to think great thoughts and do
great deeds on a binary basis, and you would be perfected,
completed and satisfied. It is not possible in life to have a
cost effective revolution while ignoring E. These would-be
revolutions of religions, philosophies, mystical systems,
people’s ideas of what a better person would be are all cost-
ineffective because they operate on the basis of C and D energy.
They waste E — by not using it, they waste it. Wasting E will
not simply slow down your progress, it will doom the revolution.