Humans are Captives not Exiles
December 30, 1988
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And Kyroot Said…
Repeated attempts at self-improvement will result in
Remember: Right-up-in-your-face is always a heartbeat away.
If you’ve ever wondered why you can’t seem to make yourself
any happier, well, there’s your answer.
All Revolutionists have a secret password, but they never
use it…(lasts longer that way).
One semi-appearing ole timer in the City Park noted, “One
thing does give me some solace, and that is in knowing that no
great man was ever a teetotaler.”
Bravery never seems to be on sale.
What is the operational difference between a king who
rambles on interminably about his love and concern for his
subjects, and one who never even mentions it.
One would-be City philosopher, in arguing how much humanity
has changed throughout history, noted that we have progressed
from the Egyptian glory days wherein, as evidenced by their
paintings, Men could only stand sideways, to the present when we
can turn fully around.
The only fitting conclusion to a sentence is either to know
what you’re talking about, or else just to stop. It’s gotta be
one or the other.
One ole sorehead concluded, “You know why I don’t cotton to
the game-of-life? Cause NO one threw out the first ball.”
Query To The City: Why curse the dead, or serenade the
After one heated exchange, a guy tells his partner, “Hey, I
don’t take advice from the likes of ANY body.”
There’s an extended man who keeps a tug boat near the
Dardanelles who assures many a passer-by that they haven’t heard
the last of the Ottoman Empire by a long shot.
A sword outwears its sheath, and a can outlasts its corn;
so to which to pledge allegiance? To the container or to the
There’s this one guy who sez he’s almost totally, nearly
absolutely convinced that the real down-fall of Man occurred when
He began to TALK about sex.
At least those who talk to themselves have a good audience,
OR better entertainment than they deserve.
The Momzer’s City Anthem: “If you don’t dig it, I didn’t do
it. If otherwise, thank you so very, very much.”
For the Revolutionist, “sort of” went the way of the unicorn
and the honest banker.
Another speaker in that droll City Park, atop a small lad,
cried out, “An inquiry is sooner forgot than an injury”, and the
boy asked, “What does that mean?”, and the Man replied, “It means
that mere support systems shouldn’t question the voice of
authority. Now shut up, or I’ll trade you for an apple crate.”
Even if nobody else knows what to do, a Revolutionist does.
Even if nobody else NEEDS to know what to do, a Revolutionist
does. And even if the Revolutionist doesn’t particularly WANNA
know what to do, He knows.
HUMANS ARE CAPTIVES, NOT EXILES
Copyright (c) Jan M. Cox, 1988
Document: 438, December 30, 1988
Humanity is in captivity, and until you see this, nothing will make any sense. Humans are captives, not exiles. But note that ordinary intelligence is wont to believe otherwise — and this seems to provide the possibility of some rather automatic way out, because a sense of exile is a TEMPORARY anomaly.
You are not Jews in exile; you are not Hindus cut off from the godhead; you are not Christians driven from the Garden of Eden. If you’re of the Christian bent, Jesus is not coming back; or, if you’re of the Muslim persuasion, Allah is not going to call the Day of Judgment and raise the dead and kill the living (the mechanics of which you will have to figure out in your spare time).
History, mythology and literature, are all replete with this belief that men are in exile. Several books came out of postwar Europe — I’m not going to mention names — and they all said that man was somehow psychologically in exile from his native self. This is not the case, and is just another variation on the theme.
The belief that man is in exile is something inherent, born into man. This belief serves two distinct purposes. First, it keeps open the door of hope — forever. (Of course, there is an end to most people’s “forever,” but we won’t talk about that.) Hope is built into people. Your old intelligence always believes there is some possible hope. Oh, you may feel you’re temporarily in captivity, but only as a part of being in exile. “Oh, yeah, I’m in captivity, but only because I’ve fallen into the hands of some foreign power. If I were in my own land…”
This belief also serves the purpose of making people feel there must be some surcease from all life’s problems. Everything feels temporary and reversible. Whatever’s the problem, it seems transient: “Even if this doesn’t cure itself in my lifetime, the Messiah is coming, even if he doesn’t show up for 1000 years, 2,000 years…” That’s forever, right? “Even if everything sucks right now, when I die, I’ll go somewhere where things will be, well, more perfect.”
This belief came out again in a different way in contemporary psychology. Psychology says everybody’s condition is temporary, on this basis: that Life caused your distress. And if you live long enough, attend enough individual sessions and group therapy, your terrible bruises will be healed.
What all this accomplishes is to keep humanity fairly satisfied, even happy. What if conditions were such that someone could actually make everybody at once realize they actually were captives? Well, Life would be seriously ill at that point.
If I were to go out into the City and announce such a thing, there would be two groups of people that would hear something. One group would say, “Okay, yeah, man is in captivity. But the captivity is external.” A prime example of this first group would be Marxists. The second group would say, “Yes, I agree we’re captive, but man’s captivity arises from within.” This group could be exemplified by sociobiologists, the scientists who say that a “great deal” of man’s behavior is genetically based. (I know they are taking a gamble, going out on a limb to say that, but of course they are going out on a limb that has another tree growing at the end of the very limb they’re climbing out on.)
The first group believes that if we could somehow get rid of the external “bad guys” then everything would be okay. “Get rid of the population of Omaha, or maybe my crayon box, and I’d be free — or maybe the problem is with the terrible government.” And the second group blames problems on holdovers from the past; that feral, unconscious influences compel man to behave unethically and immorally. As long as people can believe this, they have an escape clause in what seems to be their temporarily agreed upon contract of captivity.
A Real Revolutionist has to understand that what the two groups are saying is the same thing. If you stop there, you’re looking at a kind of intellectual wreck on the highway. If you say, “One of those two has got to be the predominant influence,” then you’re still in trouble. Old Chief Two-Eyes hunkers down and ponders: “Now let me see, which is it? Is it from the culture, or from the bad vibes left over from when my father forced me to eat mud when I was a child?” You’re still going round and round.
You must realize, humans are CAPTIVES, not exiles. The only possibility of escape is the possibility of individual escape. Your captivity is not a family matter, or a social matter, or a cultural matter. Consider the story of Noah (and notice that story exists all over, not just in the Christian Bible). Noah took two of everything with him, right? “Well, I’ve GOT to take somebody else besides just me, maybe my brother or my mother.” “All right. Just me. Me and myself. The me that talks and the me that listens.”
Actually, that’s not right. The story of the ark was wrong — that’s why the story’s so intriguing and everybody remembers it. There can only be ONE in the ark. Just one. In the City, the answer is always two — two of everything. But for you — for a Real Revolutionist — there’s always just one. There are two answers to every City question, the right one and the wrong one. But to a Real Revolutionist, there aren’t two answers to every question — there’s just one.
By the way, I’ve been working on a new tool. It’s called the “Dack & Blecker Brain Stretcher,” and here it is:
Perhaps you remember that the last few times I talked I’ve mentioned that your populace (your “inside” populace) has NO respect for your ruling power, because that ruling power has not, will not and cannot exercise unlimited, irrevocable, absolute power. And remember something else related: from time to time I’ve said that you should continually “straighten up your desk.” That is, you should keep things (like your life — hint, hint) clean and neat.
Such desk straightening may seem insignificant, almost silly, but consider this: ordinary City-folks will not exercise power even in little bitty, teeny tiny, petty affairs. So a voice in you will continue to whisper, “Hey, turn off the light when you leave a room, dumbo!” But you’ll never turn out the light. Or, you put a cup down in the sink and you ALWAYS feel you should go ahead and wash it, yet you almost NEVER do. So the people in you nag, nag, nag.
I guess your king’s crown is made of silly putty by now. If you don’t believe that, consider the scenario another way: What do you think about yourself? About how you do things? About how efficient you are? About how well you live your life? You can say you don’t care about washing the cup you just used, that somebody else inside you is nagging you about it, but you do care. Your City-self doesn’t, but another part of you does.
Look inside yourself. You would be better off if every time one of these little chicken shit voices speaks, you do whatever it’s nagging you about and shut it up. Turn out the light. Wash the dish. Pick up your clothes. Not to make your mother happy — not to make me happy. To make YOU happy. You can’t be happy about you — your populace can’t be happy about you — when your king goes around looking like a joke.
Speaking of people such as you all believe yourselves to be, under revolutionary, wartime conditions, the following holds true: Those that seem to THINK the most are usually those that actually should be thinking the LEAST about what they do. Notice the delirious justice here. Those people who believe they are often too shy, too self-conscious, to do certain things — those who appear to think the most before acting — are those who should be thinking the least when it comes to acting, behaving, doing.
Now there is no way to analyze your way out of what I’m saying, because in so doing you would just be devoting more time to thinking of acting. A sign of a revolutionist would be that he or she thinks at the proper time, but then acts when it is seasonal and salutary to act. What else is there to say about this? In a revolutionary sense, if you feel you need to “think some more” about something or other, because you’re sort of uncertain what to do, that is the time when thinking is a waste of time. If you had the instant ability to think some more in a profitable manner, you would not be standing there with your finger stuck in a strange part of your anatomy.
Remember, you’re in a war. It’s wartime, and in wartime, the very time you want to stand around and think some more is the time you shouldn’t. Of course I do not mean to do something rash that is going to prove unprofitable, damaging, deadly, or harmful to you. Just act when it is proper to act. The more you are oriented to your intellect, the more often you will feel you should “think some more,” and the wronger you will be. That is, in the revolutionary sense.
There’s something else I could say here, but I’ll soft pedal this so some of you don’t feel you have to leave the room. What I’m going to say has to do with the Partnership in general, with what seem to be the two voices that talk in you. Consider the possibility that there is an unknown, but very specific physiological necessity which is being fueled and satisfied by the Partnership. I guess for now I’ll stop with that.
Now I’m going to be addressing questions which I have solicited from some of you, about all kinds of things out in Life. These questions might be real, or “theoretical,” or “hypothetical.” But I would like to give a “consumer’s advisory.” I’m going to be giving very specific, direct answers to these questions. Some of the answers might seem to be funny, but they all have a very real, known, beneficial effect on those who can Hear in the right way. If you hear them in the ordinary way, and go out and try what you thought I said, you’ll be disappointed.
Also, I’m treating these questions as though they address very serious problems. But they don’t, really. I’m not here to help people with their problems. I’m not a psychologist. These are not really problems, and I don’t take them as such — they’re just excuses for me to say something. People who can Hear properly don’t have problems, and they don’t need help. They can use my assistance, but they don’t need help. And they’re not going to get it.
I guess that’s enough of an advisory.
You may recall that a few nights ago someone asked me how they could keep from “giving away state secrets” (i.e., talking about themselves). And there was another question asking how the questioner could keep other people from “bringing them bad news” (gossiping). I said that if you had a real power — a real king — inside, and you meant what you said, absolutely, then no one would ask you personal questions and no one would bring you bad news.
Some of you might feel, “Well, hell, I could do that to most people, but not to some members of my family, not to my mother.” Yes, you can. What people are not wired up to understand is that if you REALLY mean what you say, no one will be offended. Even your mother could feel you meant what you said, and she would understand that to some extent. So to do that would bring — for lack of a better expression — a grudging respect.
Consider this: A man is about to bring bad news to the king and tells his wife he just doesn’t think he can refrain from doing so. And his wife says, “Well, you know, the last person that did that, the king shot him on the spot.” And the man starts to think, “Hmmm, maybe I CAN refrain…”
Even with your mother, you can do this. Maybe your mother always asks you everything about your life and you don’t want to tell her — you just want to sit and enjoy her company. So you ask her not to do that. (Remember, you have to mean what you say.) So she kind of stops, then later she does starts asking again. Try this: Tell her, “Listen, don’t ask me personal questions. If you do that again, I’ll leave.” And then you DO it. If she asks you anything else, you simply leave. She will NOT be offended, not if you really mean what you say. And she will respect you for what you do. Because you will not be angry, or vengeful, or pleading. Kings don’t need to get angry or get even. How can real power get upset? Power just commands and expects to be obeyed.
I’m telling you exactly how to do this: get up and leave. I don’t care if your mother runs out and hangs onto your ankles, or curses at you. Just leave. That requires no hostility whatsoever; it just requires that you absolutely mean what you say. Give your mom a kiss, or whatever you normally do, and then LEAVE. And come back next week, next month, six months, or whenever you ordinarily would see her again, and act like nothing ever happened. If she starts asking personal questions again, say, “Look, I told you…” and leave again.
A real king simply doesn’t tolerate personal questions. It bothers you, even if you don’t know it does. You’re absolutely correct to feel you don’t want people nosing around in your business; and with strangers — non-blood-kin — you never really have to answer questions anyway. The most “inefficient” way to avoid answering is to turn on the person who asked and say, “Have you noticed I don’t ask you or anyone here about their personal lives?” But make this like a statement. The most efficient way is to simply answer every question they ask with a question: “Where are you from?” “Where are YOU from?” That will wear people down in a hurry.
There’s a third method that is absolutely effective for any question at all. But you have to be a king to say it — you have to really mean what you say. And you have to do this with no hostility whatsoever. The method is to answer, to every question, “Why do you ask?” And if the person is your boss, they might say, “Well, it’s my job, and I just wanted to make you comfortable here…” So you say, “Why?” (As you can see, every answer you give will be some version of, “Why?”). “Why?” will really, really, really wear people out.
As I said before, everyone in the City is wired up to feel you have to respond whenever someone asks you about yourself. This sounds like a joke, but is quite correct: Someone with a clipboard can stop you on the street and ask, “How is your sex life?” and you may blush and cough, but you feel you should answer. You almost choke, trying to avoid answering the question. But suppose your answer was, “What gives you the right to ask?” Are they going to say, “Well, I have this clipboard…” Remember, if you simply mean what you say, people will NOT be offended.
Here’s the last part of this question: “It seems like if you don’t let out some personal information about yourself, people think you’re weird.” If that were correct, then take your choice. If you’re captive forever in the Land of Old Two-Eyes, you’ll have to take your choice: either answer questions or don’t. So people think you’re weird? What if that’s true. You still have a choice, one or the other. Only in the City do people believe they can do both. Of course, there are more than two choices, but…
Next question: “How can I tell if people are lying to me?” The answer is to assume that nobody in the City knows what’s a lie and what isn’t. That’s the whole of the matter.
Question: “How can I tell when someone’s anger or criticism is justified?” Your problem is in assuming that there are two kinds of anger. For people involved in This Activity, anger is just noise. Hostility is the warts on the hog when you’re locked in the closet with one.
Let me interject something here. Every once in awhile I get a letter sort of patting me on the back, stating that the letter writer was just so pleased with what I had to say — that I must certainly be so impressed with their intelligence that I’d be happy to listen to their comments and “enlightenments.” I’m just bowled over, sometimes.
That’s what the answer to this questions is like. The king goes to the barbershop to get a haircut. While there, he overhears somebody snickering about the way his hair looks. Do you think he goes home and feels bad? Remember, everything is just a transfer of energy. And all this energy transfer is happening while everyone is standing in line for the ultimate slaughter — death.
Next question: “Speaking of the hypothetical love-life: when is it time to call it quits?” The time to call it quits is when that question becomes a continuing part of your thinking about that relationship. I told you before what “love” is and how to increase and support it: you PRETEND. The pretense of love IS love.
Question: “Standing, listening to a conversation, somebody turns to me and it seems to be my turn to speak, and I didn’t really understand what anyone was saying, and I didn’t know what to say.”
Just as the pretense of love IS love, the pretense of interest IS interest. Suppose you literally did not hear the last thing that was said in a conversation and someone looks at you for a response. Here’s a couple you could use: (l) “Do you really want me to respond to that exactly like you put it?” or (2) “That was a VERY interesting thing to say. What got you interested in this area? Boy, that sounds like a lot of fun (or trouble, or whatever).” When a response is expected, to question someone else is always in order.
Question: “How can I feel more secure with higher-ups?” A Real Revolutionist doesn’t have any higher-ups. But you have to ACT appropriately, even times when that means being semi- subservient. If you’re on a train and the conductor comes around asking for you ticket, you can’t say, “Hell, no, I don’t have one. I’m a Real Revolutionist!” If you do, you’ll still be yelling that as they throw you off the train. You gotta pay what you gotta pay. But not inside: not really.
Question: “How to deal with a certain kind of fear that seems native to my circuitry?” First, what do you suppose people mean when they use the term, “deal with”? Consider what they mean by that. How is Life making people use this term? Do they mean, “How can I be dealt some different cards?” or, “Can you at least deal me out of this hand?” If you had the kind of personally-induced royal blood line in you that I’ve been talking about, you would know how to “deal with” the uncertainties, the fears of the mob, the populace, within you.
Question: “I have a friend who drinks too much and it’s really uncomfortable to see him this way.” Don’t look at him. That’s not a joke. Maybe you’ve warned him that his drinking makes you uncomfortable, but you didn’t really mean what you said. Not really. So, DON’T LOOK. If you knew how to mean what you say, you’d know that. That’s why it’s funny. If this sounds silly, flip, or even impossible to you, you’re the kind of person who can’t drive by a traffic accident without looking to see the gory details. If it bothers you, don’t look.
Question: “How come men seem to get along without women more easily than women can get along without men?” Because they seem to. The answer is, because they seem to.