Jan Cox Talk 0645

Secondary Level Emotions “Breathe” via Talk


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#645 * May 9, 1990 * – 1:00 
Notes by TK

Kyroot to :06. Primary Level emotions are recurring, unending experience. Secondary Level emotions are episodic, they have a beginning and an end; they form a complete experience available then for retelling. Secondary Level emotions are always faddish, ephemeral, since they have their own lifespan, their own agenda independent of men. Secondary Level emotions “breathe” by telling about themselves, or being talked about by others. When any talk is involved in Primary Level acts, they are really Secondary Level acts. Things episodic must be described.

Explanations detail and describe everything but settle nothing. Secondary Level emotions drive all Secondary Level activities. No uniquely human activity can survive if it is no longer talked about (and what disappears is no longer talked about). All telling “what kind of a guy I am” is the attempt to explain/detail life, and everybody has an on-going need to so explain/detail. Such talk is always treatment, but never cure for City conditions, since City Secondary Level affairs/conditions have no real beginning to which an end can then be found.


…and Kyroot said:
At the Primary level is the morality of hunger, At the Secondary is the ethics of reputation.
…and Kyroot said:
A kind of gross,
A kind of subtle, Uncertainty
Surrounds anything alive
I 2/08/89-(3)
…and Kyroot said:
All crooks and politicians have kin.
…and Kyroot said:
Under nominal conditions many Revolutionists- even land-locked ones – might give their occupation as, “deck hand”
…and Kyroot said:
One of the joys of local history is the emergence of revealing patterns in light of hindsight.
…(And from a band of hearty City thinkers came the cry,
“Hey – every thing looks better from back
…and Kyroot said:
A power structure with a motto Is like one shoe,
But with a double shine.
…and Kyroot said:
When you get right down to it, Other than death – Talk is everything.
…and Kyroot said:
Liquid graffiti on a City wall found; “We’re all ‘yes-men’,
And yes,
That includes those who say no.”
…and Kyroot said:
Another one of those local soreheads says that he now believes that
stupidity is some people’s attempt to “beat up their
…and Kyroot said
A medium has no innate,
Ability to understand its messages, Unless it is also their origin.
..(Any who might still think themselves the author of their words and passions may quietly float from the
…and Kyroot said:
Subversive Bulletin Number 147 Dash Six Three R: It is now clearly
established and recognized that
the only instrumentality to ever comment on the mind’s “amazingly complex and inscrutable nature” is the mind.
Operate accordingly.
…and Kyroot said:
Irony is inescapable in a circuitous world. .. (or a circumcision ward.)
…and Kyroot said:
Over on the Fern Planet, in a local pub, I heard this one fellow ask his embibbling mate,
“If there does turn out to be a ‘Judgment ^ay’ do you think god will actually look back over your entire life, or just review the
…and Kyroot said
In the new world,
There’s no such thing as an, Absent-minded genius.
…and Kyroot said:
From the midst-of-it-all, (and you damn well know which midst
mean), a voice arose, “I sometimes do not feel much like praising and paying homage to the gods; at times it seems they’re only
looking out after themselves.”, and a second tongue replied, “Well hell, why do you• think they’re gods in the first place.”
…and Kyroot said:
One guy, (could have been potentially subversive – who knows), after being persistently pestered to give his opinion on some matter or other finally said,
“I’m not into comments.
wand Kyroot said:
Would mice still want to be rats,
If draft exemptions were based on shoe size?
…and Kyroot said:
Unpublished Revolutionist Rule, (or maybe just “hint”) Number 17-Y;
You know you’re on the right track, When you ain’t got no track.
…and Kyroot said:
You can flirt with the local,
But the universal is beyond seduction.
…(Hill-side translation; You can’t lay Life.)
…and Kyroot said:
This one bony chap would quite often conclude a statement by adding,
“Of course that’s just one chap’s opinion.”, until one semi-fine
day he pulled his shorts up short, and thought, “Why hell, that’s
quite enough of an opinion – I’m just
one man.”
…and Kyroot said:
Under the weight of local gravity there is really no proper question of
whether “the means justify the ends” inasmuch as the means ARE the ends…
…(and vice versa on
…and Kyroot said:
In the dirt, at one possibly abandoned Revolutionist camp, was scratched
the following,
“This stuff is so powerful, It’s damn near non-existent.”