Jan Cox Talk 0616

Speech Is the Great ‘Distancer,’ Separating Ordinary Affairs


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#616 * Mar 2, 1990 * – 1:05 
Notes by TK

Kyroot to :07. The question of what is the meaning of life is not weighty and profound, it is actually a very simple example of a whole range of more complex possible questions. Such questions always come to a conclusion based on the premise that man’s intellect is competent to decide such. The Neural Subversive pursues the question of: “How is the meaning of Life?”, i.e., how does life operate in a universal way, with non-local, non-personal focus. In this connection it can be considered: what good is it to Life to have people involved in This Thing? What good is it for a Real Revolutionist? Since Life needs D-flow why does it have people preaching exclusive C-flow messages? Every question of man, however optional seeming, is not so and additionally requires a response.

What normally separates nouns and verbs? Distance, a spatial sense. What happens when the two are merged, i.e., as in “the running man”? The distance is lost and a particular efficiency of language is lost. Talk keeps SL/secondary level affairs episodic, providing separation, distance. Without this distance they become PL. Greater plurality is the sign of evolution (although it is criticized as “alienation”) for more things are available for comparison and thus so it is with thought and speech. Speech is the “great distancer”.


…and Kyroot said:
Conversation overheard in a library, “Hey, listen to this quote:
‘The critic who first praises a book is second only to its author in honor and merit.’ ” They both enjoyed some snorts, and chortles, and one said, “What bricklayer you
reckon wrote that?”

…and Kyroot said:
The president-elect of this one planet secured his victory by making the same speech at every corner of his world; he would mount the platform, look around intently at all assembled, then shrug and declare, “We’re ALL precious birds in a gilded cage.”

…and Kyroot said:
Sorehead Quote Of The Week: Guy says, “When I was a younger man I seriously tried to like those who disagreed with me, but now that I am no longer a child I have not the time for foolish experiments.”

…and Kyroot said:
On this one, somewhat cautious little world, they give “X ratings,” and in some cases even prohibit movies that show full frontal intelligence.

…and Kyroot said:
One neural émigré asks of man, “If it is better to be ‘safe than sorry’
would it then not be better to be dead than alive?”

…(Can’t foreigners be downright disruptive?)


…and Kyroot said:
If they begin to play music when you begin to walk – stop immediately!

…and Kyroot said:
Very first thing every morning this one chap would have a thought, any ole random thought, just so’s, as he put it, he could “run a quick check on all his systems.”

…and Kyroot said:
On this one planet, over nearer the other side, they don’t ask much of
their gods, only that they, “get out of the way.”

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…and Kyroot said:
Oh, I’ve been hearing tales about some guy calling up all the local
communications companies trying to have “thought forwarding” hooked
up in his brain.

…and Kyroot said:
Simply “being alive” is incestuous.

…and Kyroot said:
One of the speakers wrapped himself up via the following declamation,
“Intelligence without humility is like a banquet without a telegram.”

…and Kyroot said:
Having no father of his own, this one kid gave himself some advice,
“If you lose your place you can go faster.”

…and Kyroot said:
As one Neural Subversive once told his charges, “If you really think this is tough, just remember that working solely for Life is the ultimate ball-buster.”

…and Kyroot said:
While waitkin, (that’s a misspelling,
it should be, “waiting”) for the concert to begin, I borrowed a program and found that the composer had entitled his new symphony, “As I Look Back Over My Life I Regret
One Of Two Things: Either That I Had A Life, or That I Looked Back.”
…(oops, gotta run, the overture just overtook me.)

…and Kyroot said:
On this one planet, up near the humid zone, they have two major religious groups, one
which says that, “The first death is the hardest,” and another group that says it is not.
..(You might also be interested to know that on their moon two distinct systems likewise predominate, the one that says the first death is the hardest, and the other that says, “Stuff it!”)

…and Kyroot said:
When it was more or less his turn this one guy hushed the crowd and
said, “Here is my theory, my own personal theory, I say that the only thing standing between me and the future is the past.” There was polite applause, and he continued, “Thank you, thank you, that is my theory, and like many of you I ofttimes think that it might be more than just a theory, and like the majority of you –I’m sick of it!”

…and Kyroot said:
One sho ’nuff ole sorehead admonished his son, “What EVER you do, don’t
ever exacerbate any passing happiness.”

…and Kyroot said:
Said the first fighter, “What I like best about threats is their low cost,” and said the second, “My approval of threats is based on their efficiency,” and the referee intruded, “Shut up, or I’ll tie your tongues together,”
then silence
long cheap….silence.

…and Kyroot said:
There are enough Sisyphusian activities extant without you attempting
to put hermits into herds, or giving pack rats individual tasks.

…and Kyroot said:
In an attempt to console the youngster, the ole sore head said, “Hey, don’t sweat it, if worse comes to worse, and you just can’t make it as a critic you can always take up something that requires talent.”