Eliminate the Competition
October 10, 1988
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#403 Oct 10, 1988 – 1:02
Notes by TK
Note: an outline entitled “Eliminate the Competition” exists for this tape] Kyroot to :04. The fastest road to wealth: eliminate the competition. The powerful always understands this. In the City this is purported to and accepted as benefiting the powerless—not so (e.g., public utility companies). How could this be used internally: abandonment of internal conflicting interests. E.g., the single-mindedness, obsessive monomania of the sports-star = elimination of competition within. All excuses are competition. True and False are competing interests incapable of triumphing over each other totally. Both are abandoned by the Real Revolutionist/RR. All guilt, fear, discomfort is competition—struggle with oneself.
The ordinary are not sufficiently intelligent to be serious about change. The ordinary are “unseemly serious”. The RR does not do unseemly things. The seriousness of the ordinary can never answer these questions: how is it serious; how should I be serious. 2) about what should I be serious; in what areas. 3) TWE/to what end- is it arranged that the feeling of your individual serious participation in the matter is essential for the survival of mankind? The RR can gauge his degree of stupidity by the degree of his “seriousness”.
0:55 end of public tape. Casualness is surfacing in the Group—the feeling that TT/This Thing is almost a joke, or a hobby. It is no joke and no hobby.
For NP: Neuralize: of the six Institutions of man (political, economic, religious, military, intellectual and artistic), which one never needs to ask the customer if they are satisfied with the product, the goods delivered by the institution?
And Kyroot Said…
Those who don’t “know” the joke ARE the joke.
In the City many People believe there is entirely “too much”
It’s not just that ordinary things can’t help you, but that
the ordinary help ordinary things offer is NOT the help you need.
If People in the City actually knew one-fourth of what they
know, I, for one, would be impressed, (and, I might add, as happy
as a double breasted wart hog).
In the mind are many doors, while down below, only two.
Often have City pundits claimed, “To reach greater heights
Man must submit to greater reason,” but what they actually mean
is “submit to greater intelligence” for ordinary “reason” is
simply the marking of the end of one level OF intelligence.
In the City it’s all either “this,” or all either “that”…
just on and on and on…
In the City nothing has any particular effect on anything
One Revolutionist once had a tattoo, where it was not
normally visible, which read, “The beast is always near.”
Don’t be syndicated in a network world.
One City Philosopher said, “You’re no real intellectual
until you can stand in a warm, dusty library and hear the books
With City consciousness you come in with asses, and pray to
leave with angels.
Since “Only the powerless get angry” is it any wonder we’re
Never sing, hum, or compose a folk song unless you’re
TOTALLY out of bullets.
All enjoiners to “try harder” are actually pleas to “be
That popular political slogan: “It’s time for a change” is
one City idea with which a Revolutionist could agree.
All wars begin with relationships.
Man in the City gazing out of his breakfast window mused
aloud, “Life is like a triangle” and his wife countered, “No,
it’s not,” and he said, “Oh.”
A few who know what they’re doing can pick their own
What’s best for a Real Revolutionist is nobody else’s
At a very early just-talking-stage-age, a Revolutionist
pulled his young son into a butler’s pantry, closed the door, and
confided in him the following, “So long as you have ANY desire to
do so, I do not EVER want to hear anything about you.” And the
lad near swooned from the blinding brilliance of his father’s
ELIMINATE THE COMPETITION
Copyright (c) Jan M. Cox, 1988
Document: 403, October 10, 1988
I have mentioned that wealth is accumulated by gaining an exclusive franchise. Let me turn this in another direction. First I want to reiterate: The fastest road to wealth is by elimination of competition. Those few (less than 4 percent) who are actually wealthy, have always realized this, and the rest would know it, too, if they had any real intelligence — but they have no idea. No one notices it from their Warner Brothers view of Life.
The fastest road to wealth is by the elimination of competition. Those few who know this arrange with the governments — with the powers that be — to simply eliminate all their competition. And when this happens, Life always arranges something else as well — the feeling, by and large, that the elimination of competition is for the benefit of the public. Consider public utilities — the message on this subject is that for the common welfare, it’s not good to have rampant competition in such an important area.
Now look in another direction. Look at this in relation to the world of your so-called psychological self, your internal operations. The rule applies there as in any other area. Nothing else even comes close to the effectiveness of eliminating competition if you want to become wealthy. You can build teams of MBA’s to help you with your business; you can have an unlimited advertising budget, or buy a lot of fancy equipment, but nothing else you can do is even worth sweating on the same ball team as the practice of eliminating your competition. NOTHING (with the exception of collecting your money) is more important to the business.
When I gave the example of the utilities, most of you laughed. This is just not something 96 percent of the population has ever thought about. But notice that formerly, when the country relied on mining as a major industry, a few companies eliminated the competition and made mining exclusive. Now most of the competition in the fields of information/communication, as well as the utilities, is eliminated.
So how can you use this rule? Those who believe in conspiracy theories don’t understand what they’re talking about, so forget that. Just Consider that people are not supposed to see this; they don’t need to. If they ever do notice, they immediately forget it. Yet, the rule can be used.
Can you see that it might be beneficial to abandon your apparent inner competitive interests? Picture this: Life fires people off. Some people are 22 calibre, some are 45 calibre, some are blanks the minute they’re born. And what is the common denominator of those people who are fired off and seem destined to become singularly successful in their field? It’s that they are single-minded, whether their interest is business, the arts, or sports. Everybody else thinks, “Hey, if I practiced like he does, I could play like that.” No you couldn’t. You’ve already been shot out of the gun — if you could play like that, you’d already be playing like that.
Look at someone like Picasso. You might ask him, “What else would you like to do besides paint?” And he’d answer, “Nothing.” He never had any other expectation, never had any doubt that he’d become an artist. All singularly successful people have a lack of competition between things they’d like to do. Are you beginning to see where I’m pointing?
Now take this beyond the area of hard wiring. If someone had the ability to willfully play around with the ammo that was built into their own gun — if a person was going to try to reload themselves and do something out of the ordinary (like showing signs of intelligence) — they would do well to remember that the fastest way to wealth is the elimination of competition.
Sometimes people write to me saying, “Hey, I like what you say but how can I DO this, really?” Here’s my answer: “What do you WANT to do?” If what you want to do is THIS, well then do This. On the other hand, if you leave This for some reason, in the City, everybody is somebody. There it’s not required that you be exceptionally dumb; it’s just required that you be dumb. Everybody measures up. And everybody’s dumb. Not exceptionally dumb, just dumb.
I’m trying to hint that if you’re going to attempt to do something extraordinary, cut out the competition! Do you realize if you did that you’d never have any more excuses? Can you Hear what I’m saying? If you make any excuse, all you’re saying is you have internal competition. That’s the normal state of affairs in the City, but you’re never going to get wealthy that way. You may stay in business for 40 or 50 years, but you won’t be successful, at least not regarding This. When you say, “Well, I was going to do that later,” or, “Well, I didn’t feel good,” anything that comes after the “well” is competition.
Take a slight step sideways and look at this another way. To eliminate competition is to abandon all those voices of “yea” and “nay,” “yes” and “no,” “right” and “wrong,” “good” and “evil” — all the great binary struggles. Do you realize if there really were such a thing as good and evil, the “good” gods themselves don’t have the financial acumen of a J.P. Morgan or they would have put evil out of business by now! Do you understand? Good never puts evil out of business, as long as they’re both needed by Life.
There’s a slight twist on this when we talk about the world of the intellect: it almost seems that true and false are not really in competition there. Truth, once known, seems to drive out false information. But does it really? Does the so-called truth, once known, always eliminate the competition of the so-called untruth? When Columbus proved that the world was round, not flat, where did the “flatness” go?
You can always switch places around the table and change cards each hand, but nobody leaves the game room. It’s a closed system. So where does untruth go when truth triumphs? Consider that both are needed, or there would be no competition going on. Neither ultimately triumphs, until one is no longer needed.
In order to become wealthy, you have to transcend — escape — all those circular, binary, useless, round-and-round, competitive arguments that are a great part of you. Position, rank, popularity, fame, wealth, and so on are all good fuels for ordinary internal competition. Now, I’ve told you that This Activity has nothing to do with renouncing all wealth or quitting your job or going for weeks without bathing. But internally, if you are more intelligent, you should abandon all that striving for apparent position.
Internally you need to realize that that sort of thing — apparent external position, for example — has no effect on This. Of course, if you think it does, it does (we can’t get away from that, can we?) One way to wrap this up is to say that you seem to be continually in competition with yourself. Everyone feels they are — you may think of it as a competition between your dumb self and your more intelligent self. Can you See the possibility of yourself not being in competition with yourself?
Every form of guilt, anger, distress, or fear is a form of competition with yourself. In general, no one realizes this, and even if they could think of it as inner competition, they’d miss the point. The real question is: HOW can you be in competition with YOURSELF? How? To see the real premise of the question takes an intelligence that lets you see you’re standing right on the answer.
Here’s something else to Consider: Ordinary people are just not sufficiently intelligent to be serious. There must be some real need behind the word, “serious,” or people wouldn’t use the term, but consider how many people, during the thousands of years modern humanity has been on the planet, have succeeded in being truly serious about anything.
Here’s what could be called almost The l5th Commandment: “Don’t do unseemly things.” And here is something really unseemly: to be serious about something you have absolutely no understanding of. There’s nothing more unseemly than being “serious” when you don’t have the slightest notion of How to do that; or of What things one might properly be serious about; or, lastly, Why one might Need to be serious.
In the City, people have no idea how to be serious — they’re too dumb. They go into a trance or ingest weird substances, see swirling colors, hear voices and, of course, ultimately write a book. Or they jump on a bandbox and shout about how the world is coming to an end or how important it is to have children and raise them properly. That’s the new popular thing: parenting. So-called adults parade up and down the street in “parenting clothes,” shouting about how important the next generation is. And they’re so serious! Now, there’s nothing wrong with having children — if there weren’t any children, you and I wouldn’t be here. But City people have no idea how to be serious.
In fact, whenever people take anything seriously in the City, you can be sure they know nothing about it. Whenever you feel there is no question you should take a certain thing seriously — taxes, making money, parenting — whenever you seem to feel serious about something almost uncontrollably, then you should question the whole operation.
Try asking someone in the City who’s feeling serious about something, HOW they should be serious, and they have no answer. Or, if you feel “naturally” serious about some particular thing, then you have to ask yourself, “How is it that my next-door neighbor feels something ELSE is serious and doesn’t feel my serious concern is serious at all?” And one more thing: If you’re standing in line waiting to die and you’re real serious about something and you think, “I’ve got to carry the banner of blah-blah, because if I don’t, who will?” I’ll tell you who will: ten million other people will, that’s who!
You have to See this last thing: nothing in Life is so serious that you are the final link pin. If YOU don’t take this particular something (whatever it is) seriously, someone else always will. In the City, everybody’s wired up to feel that they are the final link, but you’ve got to see the folly in that feeling. “If I don’t have 2.5 children, then humanity will die out.” Sure it will. Of course, that’s the way people in general MUST feel, or humanity would die out.
Ordinary people don’t see three things: (l) How to be serious; (2) What’s worth being serious about; and (3) The purpose of being serious. Individually, you have to be aware of this. And you have to see that at the ordinary level you are too dumb to be serious, no matter what area you’re talking about. If you think, “I’ve always wanted to be a painter,” or, “I want to be a great writer,” you are too dumb at that level to know what the purpose of any of those ambitions is, or how important or unimportant it is for you to be serious about any particular thing.
You also have to See that ordinary seriousness is unseemly. “I’m going to get up and read this poem I wrote about death.” That’s unseemly. In a 4-D world, that would be truly embarrassing, but ordinary people can’t really get embarrassed, because they don’t understand what it is to be truly unseemly. To be embarrassingly unseemly is to be serious about something you know absolutely nothing about. That’s unseemly; that’s dumb.
One aspect of being middle class — being cosmic cannon-fodder — is to be unseemly, unsuitably SERIOUS! Now the opposite of being non-ordinary-serious is not to become Bozo the Clown — at least not externally. Yet you can gauge how tied you are to the City — how dumb you really are — at any particular time by how serious you are. If you had intelligent eyes, there’s no hiding seriousness. It’s a part of being one of the city-born, city-bred, city-primed, city-tenderized, and headed for the slaughterhouse: “I’ll be 50 next week, I guess it’s time to get serious.” Right. Seriousness is sure proof of your level of dumbness.
Unless you Know the answer to my three questions — HOW to be serious, WHAT to be serious about, and To What End, the ultimate PURPOSE of that particular activity or process — you cannot be serious about anything without showing how dumb you are.
This is not to say you have to be flippant towards, for example, your blood relations. But you don’t have to take your relationship to your parents or your children as if it were life and death serious.
You do not have to accept that Life gave you personally the duty to be serious. Accepting that is dumb, dumb, dumb.