Jan Cox Talk 0779

This Thing: A Non-Focused Consideration of Everything


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#779 Feb 27, 1991 – 1:00 
Notes by TK

Kyroot to :13. Any fact system always teaches people to look at things from a particular view. This Thing does not; it encourages a non-focused consideration of everything…and for no determinable reason. All systems must have an object; This Thing has none. The more apparently important a system (including a sentence), the more highly focused it is; the more it demands focus, discipline.

There is always an “introductory sensation” to any system interaction followed by direction, encouragement, even insistence about how to focus on and proceed in a particular manner. This Thing: after the “introductory sensation”…then what?! It is a science w/o laws; a religion w/o rituals; a map w/o named locations; a joke w/o a punchline. For This Thing the only value in a focused mind, its only proper function is, for small, ephemeral detail work.


…and Kyroot said:
Just as he was about to “have a good time” this one guy would always leave.
….(Not only did this not impress anyone else.)

…and Kyroot said:
If facts weren’t certain to change and expand, pages wouldn’t have margins.

and Kyroot said:
Don’t be spooked yet,
just remind yourself: It’s always some time some where.

…and Kyroot said:
On inauguration day
the king announced,
“Dear people, and fine citizens,
have no fear – I have just begun to die.”

09/28/90- (3)
…and Kyroot said:
The cultural differences between one guy’s brain state and his digestive territories
finally became so strained that disruptions have occurred near Harrisburg.

…and Kyroot said:
To his personal arsenal of mental weapons
one man has added the struggle not to use proper nouns.

09/28/90 – ( 4)
..and Kyroot said:
No matter their stated or apparent intent,
all assemblies and institutions are formed for the purpose of dance.

…and Kyroot said:
P.S.: All intellectual dances are incestuous
(except for the hoe downs out in guerrilla territory).

…and Kyroot said:
Near the City water works there lived a man who,
in his conversations with others
was quite civil and acceptable,
but when, as they say,
he would “talk to himself”
he’d rant, holler, and rave.

…..(What I found of special
interest here was that he never offered up
any explanation for this.)

…and Kyroot said:
In local cities,
talent with no name IS no talent.

…..(Such are just some
of the perks to this kinda stuff.)

…and Kyroot said:
By the east entrance of the College Admissions Office
I overheard a young man say,
“Language is a two way street,” and
his undergraduate partner piped in,
“Yeah, and when I grow up I’m gonna have
some ’61 Mustang lips
with a five speed tongue.”

…and Kyroot said:
Poets who spend their ink
comparing the sexes
are children still bewildered that
acts find voice through the facts of man.

…and Kyroot said:
The speaker currently controlling the soap box in the park just remarked how “calamities bring out the best in people” and a chap standing next to me muttered,
“Well, I don’t know about that, but one thing’s for sure calamities bring out people.”

…and Kyroot said:
The more certain you are in what you say the fewer adjectives you need.

….(0h yeah, and no adverbs.)

…and Kyroot said:
A god with a “bad attitude”
will never want for work.

…and Kyroot said:
I brought you this little “human interest” item
I clipped from the “Pessimists Beware” column
in an out of town paper I saw, (here I’ll just read it to you):
It says that while they were momentarily stopped
at some road construction, this bus driver said to the passengers
that he personally supported the aims of civilization
by never reading Shakespeare until after he’d shaved.

…and Kyroot said:
Revolutionist neural tip of the ole day: Just live as though there
was no such word as “instead.”

…and Kyroot said:
Only the natives dream of one another.

…and Kyroot said:
There are things sadder than being sad.

…and Kyroot said:
Whenever someone died in this one neural state, the family of the deceased was required to compose an ode to the king.

…and Kyroot said:
At a fairly young age
this certain kid turned suddenly to himself and said, “Okay – I’m callin’ your bluff.”

09/28/90- (11.5)
…and Kyroot said:
Within one lifetime,
the future of facts is too open-ended, too short, dramatic and abrupt for facts to HAVE a visible future.

…and Kyroot said:
The ruler of one kingdom
had a guy with a real loud voice
yell out to the people every morning,
“Life in the City
is gritty and earnest, so
take those sneaky thoughts and
throw ’em in the furnace.”

…and Kyroot said:
There was this one guy who apparently didn’t know the difference between “and” and “but.”
…..(But it didn’t seem to
make any difference,
and he did quite nicely.)

09/28/90-, (-3)
…and Kyroot said:
The gap between what you know and what you don’t know is filled by what everybody else knows.

…and Kyroot said:
As soon as the train stopped
he stepped from the club car and
looking himself dead ahead declared,
“I shall not – repeat – shall not
be responsible for the likes of me.”

..and Kyroot said:
Anything that left a trail didn’t go any where.

..and Kyroot said:
No doubt about it – Facts can sure talk loud…
…(thank goodness a Revolutionist knows where the volume control is.)

…and Kyroot said:
Although it is not widely known,
and thus few ever attempt to seek them out,
there are several words that are so powerful
that even within the dictionary
it is not necessary that they be spelled correctly,
or put in alphabetical order.

09/28/90- (15.5)
…and Kyroot said:
King Longitude had his own personal Minister of Intelligence,
so his neighbor, Royal Latitude,
in his desire to progress,
appointed to himself not one, but THREE wise men;
but alas-o, it turned out that all three were
cousins of Longitude’s minister.

and Kyroot said:
Hint: Just before it’s time for you to go, Life puts on lip stick.

…and Kyroot said:
On a particular fact-based planet
the weatherman on the Neural Network predicted as follows:
“Present conditions
followed by
other conditions.”

…and Kyroot said:
One guy became so adamant in his refusal to respond
that they all began to laugh at him.

09/28/90- (1 7.5)
…and Kyroot said:
And now for the Triple-X “adult crowd” (and you know who you are –
if not why),
the stripped version of an old favorite: The answer to anything
is the answer to everything.

…and Kyroot said:
Any time you say something in the City
always explain what you meant;
(this will decrease the possibility of you being drafted, or sent off on a bus trip.)

…and Kyroot said:
Oh, okay,
so as to not leave the little “big time kiddies” totally
out of the fun we’ll run the R rated version by you real quick:
The answer to anything
is the answer to everything else.

….(Now everyone be sure your raincoats are completely closed, and leave the theatre in an orderly fashion.)

. 09/28/90-(19)
…and Kyroot said:
The “fires that light men’s souls” also drive your turbines.

09/28/90 (19.5)
…and Kyroot said:
At their bi-annual get-together,
(after some business meeting or other)
the gods were having a few and
just generally playing a little verbal “grab ass”
when one of them stood and declared,
“Progress that don’t go anywhere ain’t much progress at all.”
Which gave the rest of them their biggest laugh oft he week.

..and Kyroot said:
On this one planet they’d burn each week
once they were through with it.

..and Kyroot said:
Have no fear,
you can’t go wrong:
When in the City and in doubt – act enthusiastic.

09/28/90- (21)
..and Kyroot said:
Over in this one place
a guy began to talk about stuff the people had never thought of before;
a lot of them came to listen and found it interesting;
soon a lot of them said they weren’t coming back unless
he told them what the point was.

..and Kyroot said:
Out on that vast chemical plain where lightning forever strikes stood a lone eatery with this front door notice:
“For Diners Fully Armed And Dangerously Hungry, No Reservations