Jan Cox Talk 0778

Facts and Civilized Man Have Responsibility to Prop Each Other Up


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#778 Feb 25, 1991 – 1:00
Notes by TK

Kyroot to :13. Life will tell you anything (you need to hear, that it needs for you to hear). Connection to the world is big enough for everyone. There will always be enough facts to go around, to feed everybody. It is possible to see the “civilized death” of a man is a result of running out of facts. Civilized death is separate from the death of the body, which results from running out of acts.

Life puts out easily discounted conspiracy theories to camouflage the real conspiracy. It trots out a bogus religion among all the ‘real ones occasionally to distract attention from the conspiracy of religion in general. “God” = conspiracy theory. Facts and civilized man have the responsibility to prop one another up. A reflection of this – “I am my brother’s keeper” and “we’re all in this together”.


…and Kyroot said:
One guy insisted, “My phone’s tapped,” and
someone pointed out that he didn’t have a phone, and he countered, “Okay, then my brain is tapped,” and even his best friends didn’t have a come-back for this.

…and Kyroot said:
A certain chap tutored his neural troops
in the following military strategy: “When at court,
go for the king’s throat;
on the battlefield,
shoot the little guys first.”

and Kyroot said:
If you’re really, really secondarily famous, dying won’t much help.

…and Kyroot said:
The invention of proper nouns
grew out of the two central human needs to
conceal embarrassment and to camouflage incompetence.

…and Kyroot said:
Then this one dude decided to have a different mood for every day of the week; then once he had this down pat he consolidated them all.

…and Kyroot said:
(Excerpt from secret engineering report regarding
certain structural weaknesses in metaphysical poetry– Chapter Four): “Those who attempt to proclaim the ‘truth’ do so with an assumed audience in mind.”

…and Kyroot said:
A small college unable to match
the salaries of larger universities
was still able to attract the necessary faculty
by allowing each professor to assume for himself
a super-hero nickname,
and to attach a slogan to his course description.

…and Kyroot said:
In an act of what now appears to be, “direct desperation”
this one man changed his name just so he’d have a different name.

…and Kyroot said:
In one kingdom
the supreme military commander
directed that all pilots wear hiking boots.

…and Kyroot said:
Another electron junkie from the video audience writes to add his note, “If being civilized was as great as everybody says it is, they wouldn’t keep talking about it.”

…and Kyroot said:
If pushed hard enough,
everyone has a vague memory of killing someone.

…and Kyroot said:
In this one particular state
whenever the king says something
everyone nods their head as though they thoroughly understand,
whether they do or not,
as any good rebel knows – it doesn’t matter anyhow.

…and Kyroot said:
Those who can see a difference between instruction and talent might experience same.

…and Kyroot said:
As the steady march of political progress continued a tempo in this one state
they went from calling enemies, “Conflicting Factions,” to calling Conflicting Factions, “The Loyal Opposition,” to finally referring to The Loyal Opposition simply as The Oakland A’s.

..and Kyroot said:
Down on Third Street
a fellow sort of bent over and told his brain – I mean his dog, “If you think you’re cute now
you should’ve seen you when you were a pup.”

…and Kyroot said:
After the pigeons had finished off the last of the beer nuts
the fellow sitting next to me on the bench
neatly folded the empty bag and told me of his
personal neural procedure which he called the,
“Vagabond Variation,” whereby
whenever he’d have a really good thought
he’d leave town.

…and Kyroot said:
One day this one fellow was suddenly driven
to explain his state religion thusly: “If we don’t live by our
local beliefs
we’ll taste gamy
when the gods go to eat us.”

…and Kyroot said:
Several attempts have recently been made.

…and Kyroot said:
Whenever this one man was confronted with information he didn’t know, didn’t like, or didn’t understand he would always say,
“That’s easy enough to check.”

…and Kyroot said:
over in the City
I met a guy who claims to have an official Guy Permit.

…..(Who’s to say?)

and Kyroot said:
A visitor to your world,
with whom I am slightly acquainted,
after a recent stay had this to say,
“Life seems to have arranged the catering of knowledge here
such that no matter what be the repast a man serves you,
he’d still drive you bonkers babbling on about the serving dish.”

09/ 2 6/90- ( 11.5)
…and Kyroot said:
Over on a humid star
this note was left in everyone’s box: “If people didn’t pretend to be
as smart as they are
they couldn’t bear to be as dumb as they are.”

…and Kyroot said:
If you’re going to be traveling alone,
don’t tell anybody…that’s part of the trick.

…and Kyroot said:
The vice-mayor of the City just announced that for all routine, in-town purposes, ill-founded fears of breaking down are just as good as well-founded ones.

..and Kyroot said:
While strolling by the viaduct
I heard a tallish chap say to a small group of listeners,
“Living the life of an earthly mortal
is like a glorious and exhilarating war – without the glory or the

…and Kyroot said:
Another guy says
that being overcome is not so bad, it’s just being overcome so OFTEN.

…and Kyroot said:
Via semi inspired, if not divine proclamation,
the Forestry Department of one kingdom declared: “All evergreens are
just chicken.”

09/26/90- (14.5)
…and Kyroot said:
From a special, radical view you could see facts as euphemisms for acts.

and Kyroot said:
A man with a bloody axe
is welcome in a surprising number of places.

…and Kyroot said:
Standing on a ladder
in high heel shoes
stretching his head towards the heavens
this one man said to sky,
“I beg but for one of two things: Either a nullifying introduction,
or a neutralizing epilogue.”

…and Kyroot said:
After the wars were over,
and the king was stabilizing his territories and
authorizing the establishment of public institutions,
he was asked if the priests of the state’s religion
should be permitted to wed, the same as for an ordinary citizen,
and he replied,
“The question is not whether they should be allowed to marry,
but whether they should be required to do so.”

09/26/90- (16.5)
…and Kyroot said:
Becoming sufficiently plump, acts become facts.

…and Kyroot said:
One would-be vain and glorious fellow had a decision fall upon him
(or vice-the-versey)
and determined that what his life needed was its own theme song, so he hired a well known composer, but who,
after looking over the man’s total existential impact
withdrew declaring that he didn’t work in the area of “minimalism.”

…and Kyroot said:
As just recompense,
and an obtuse object lesson,
over in this one City
the first person of each new generation to seriously,
and originally proclaim – “There’re two ways of looking at everything”
is both exonerated AND executed.

…and Kyroot said:
The solution,
as found for the rodent problem in one City was to attach pretty pink bows to all the rats.

…and Kyroot said:
Using a system he personally developed this one fellow has adapted his brain so that it will run on natural gas.

..and Kyroot said:
There is no “proper way’
to pronounce a word you don’t like.

…and Kyroot said:
Assuring us that he is a “serious viewer,”
this one chap writes
(in reference to one of my past fables-cum-comments)
to ask,
“Is simply saying, ‘My hormones made me do it.’
really a good excuse?” –
…. Sir, they don’t GET any gooder.

…and Kyroot said:
There’s this big, never ending card game going on, and some of the players believe it’s rigged, and the more you believe it is, the more you lose.

…and Kyroot said:
Although it can never be officially admitted, or even proven,
I can assure you that every City
on every planet
in every universe
sets up at least one bus stop
where no bus is ever gonna stop.

…and Kyroot said:
Near the City garment district
one ole timer told his younger associate,
“Kid, around these here parts
there ain’t no need to hang around for the final curtain; I’ve been here long enough to’ve heard the fat lady wail, and I can tell you this – We are her.”