The Bottlenecks of Excuse, Fear and Anger
August 24, 1988
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08/24/1988 76 minutes
Notes by EHW
Kyroots read 4:44
suggested title = THE BOTTLENECKS OF EXCUSE, FEAR AND ANGER
(Following Talk 382 with a sequential connection)
The first bottleneck of Excuse: Starting with “Excuse” as the underpinning for a group member’s continued use of alcohol and drugs, Jan goes deeper and reveals the systemic disorder of the human propensity to create “belief” in whatever he or she wants to do. Once the “belief” is set in place, the backhandedness of the stance continues: in this case, “Life is stressful, so I need substances.” Such occupation with excuse for habit and pleasure do not allow for continued involvement in Jan’s teaching.
Fear As The Second Bottleneck: (15:50)
Giving another example, from the group members, of the fear of flying in airplanes. Jan’s travel to various cities involved this necessity and was met with fear among some who were to accompany him. The insight is given by Jan, that all humans harbor visceral fears of some sort or another. Such fear is primal and built-in per individual. In The would-be-Revolutionary, however, such inbuilt fears that interfere with what needs to be done, in both ordinary life and in the Work, must be understood for what they are and then let go. The person in question must “Press On” and fulfill the necessities required of him/her.
Anger As The Third Bottleneck: (30:30)
Only the Inferior get angry;
What could the Superior (FRIP) be angry at?
Anger is discussed as another “left-over” from the earlier spinal strata of the human nervous system. It is associated with feelings of powerlessness and inferiority. In my Fictitious Reasonably Insane Person, however, such reflexes must be understood and surpassed. This starts with the upper echelon in society being bred to control expressions of anger in public. Such is expected of them, while in lower classes, such controlled behavior would be seen to be exceptional.
The powerful Do not shout. (38:31)
Gradually, Life itself sets the bar and calls out to the Revolutionist who will grasp the necessity of new ranges of neural wiring. Jan’s description of the F.R.I.P (Fictitious Reasonably Insane Person) reveals how the directive is set. Such people, although still active within City Consciousness, have begun to use the yellow circuit to benefit themselves. They have begun to grasp the bottlenecks of Excuse, Fear and Anger, at the very least, in the external expression of such, as being unprofitable to them personally. A true FRIP will not find himself/herself in lesser so-called “Situations” that are common among the lower strata of humanity.
Why no Scandals or Scoundrels among the Powerless? : (55:10)
Why is it, Jan asks us to ponder, that only the upper classes in society face scandals? What is it that Life is saying to us about the direction of the Yellow Circuit? When, perhaps, will a flea stop shouting at an elephant, to “get out of his way.”
The Wrap up –
Only the powerless shout, Only the inferior get mad, The Powerless are never in scandals -> put it all together – What passes for an individual person’s awareness of what they are….
Excursion: ( 1:11:24 )
Previously stated ” why would anyone conscious do anything they did not want to do? — ” Ask yourself what a FRIP would no longer allow to happen?
And Kyroot Said…
Don’t forget that the highest, most exotic, most abstract of
human ideas arise from lowly, mute chemical passions.
A Real Revolutionist wouldn’t do anything in his sleep that
he wouldn’t do in someone else’s sleep.
‘Twas said, “Those in debt are not necessarily dishonest,”
o.k., but don’t discount dumb.
Let’s all say it together now, “Everything is ad hoc.” (By
the by, what moderating functioning intelligence can conceive of
For those of you who have heard of, and can recall my story
of “The Project,” can you see that the Project site IS the
Project? That the fence around the site IS the Project? That
the Project IS the Project? For those who may have enjoyed that,
I give the following coda: Man is Man; Man himself IS Man; Man
as he hopes he is, is Man, and Man as he FEARS he is, is Man.
Just think, if it weren’t for life, you’d have nothing to
Only routine City intellectuals are impressed by other
You must avoid not only moderation itself, but even the
APPEARANCE of moderation.
Every little bit helps unless you’re dead.
A City guy stood up and declared, “I’ve got something to
say; I’m not sure what it means, or what it’s worth, but say it I
must. Being totally honest with yourself can be a ‘grand
excuse.’ There, I feel much better.”
The Revolutionist Commandment most oft broken by many: Thou
shalt not whine.
…and Kyroot added: And the Commandment perhaps most
ignored in the heat of justifiable circumstances: Thou shalt not
A Real Revolutionist is a reformed NOTHING.
“Could you walk that narrow little ledge way up there?”
“Yes.” “Then why don’t you?” “You asked ‘could I,’ not WOULD
Only the poor badmouth the rich; only the weak despise the
Where an ordinary Man is wont to SAY things, a Revolutionist
might more likely imply them.
Anything that I say a Revolutionist “might do,” he might
just as likely NOT do.
Heard a disgruntled voice complain, “Jeeze, it’s ALWAYS
somthin’,” and then another replied, “Yeah, but look at the
It’s probably better in the long run to try and not be the
brother, or sister of a famous person.
Which would be the greater loss: to have no adjectives, or
no adverbs? Well, I guess it would depend on whether you lived
in Stuff City, or stayed in Actionville, now wouldn’t it.
That singular father I have previously mentioned to you, as
his second lesson, told that exceptional son, who I have already
noted, the following, “Listen, don’t come ‘running to me’ when
you want to come ‘running to me,'” and the lad was amazed and