Jan Cox Talk 0799

Explanations Pull One’s Attention Away From Further Inquiry

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#799 Apr 5, 1991 – 1:00 
Notes by TK

Kyroot to :16. The localization, isolation and specifying of “greater causes” gives a very distinct aura of formidability. The speaker of such explanations takes on “expert” status; the listeners become entangled in the adjectives, the provincialism of the explanation; it pulls man’s attention from any possible further inquiry beyond explanations.

The provincializing of explanations removes man a further step away from the primary level; like the difference between a territorial conflict easily dealt with (e.g., Iraqi invasion of Kuwait) vs. an ideological, intra-boundary dispute such as in Northern Ireland.

AKS

11/07/90-(1)
…and Kyroot said:
This one guy got to such a place that he’d only think beneficial thoughts when it was to his advantage.

11/07/90-(1.5)
…and Kyroot said:
According to one revolutionist handbook, (page thirty-four), “Suffering is anonymous.”

11/07/90-(2)
…and Kyroot said:
The omnipotent tyrant needs no conspiracy.

11/07/90- (2.5)
…and Kyroot said:
At this corrosive kid’s academy on one rebellious orb you can’t tell recess from class.

11/07/90-(3)
…and Kyroot said:
One chap continually moved his place of residence so that he could ALWAYS, “coast home.”

11/07/90-(3.5)
…and Kyroot said:
City rhyme for the time: “Now that I am old, said he,
I can say with certainty – Jeeze! am I old!”

11/07/90-(4)
…and Kyroot said:
Believing that what you’ve already experienced is of SOME importance
is one way to handle it.

11/07/90-(4.5)
…and Kyroot said:
The semi-official chap behind the counter continued,
“Oh, that’s simple to explain: Most historians undertook their profession
’cause they realized they were gonna die.
Next!, now serving number seventeen –
number seventeen.”

11/07/90-(5)
…and Kyroot said:
With a sudden jerk and turn one god told his creatures,
“Hey, don’t pat me on the head.”

11/07/90-(5.5)
…and Kyroot said:
You can either be producing and stock-piling memories now, or squandering them,
as a good revolutionist should.

(But hell,
you could make the same statement
regarding the future.)

11/07/90-(6)
…and Kyroot said:
One reality offers a money back guarantee; no one’s lasted long enough to ever claim it, but the offer still stands.

11/07/90-(6.5)
…and Kyroot said:
Figuring out that there’s “nothing TO figure out” is the fool’s gold of subversive mining.

11/07/90-(7)
…and Kyroot said:
One guy decided that he would
sell his brain to the – I’m sorry – would sell his “soul” to the devil, but only in return for whatever the devil had sold HIS for.

11/07/90-(7.5)
…and Kyroot said:
Watch out kids: – A man with an explanation is like a mugger with a social disease.

11/07/90-(8)
…and Kyroot said:
This one chap would periodically wire home saying, “WILL RETURN SHORTLY, STOP”;
he did this in the face of overwhelming evidence indicating he’d never gone anywhere.

11/07/90-(8.5)
…and Kyroot said:
Only a king can forgive– everyone else simmers.

11/07/90 (9)
…and Kyroot said:
There was a South Pole
long before there was a South Pole.

11/07/90-(9.5)
…and Kyroot said:
On particularly “bad days”
this one god liked to put up this sign right outside his shop that said, “No Appointment Necessary – Walk-In’s Headed And Gutted Free!”

11/07/90-(10)
…and Kyroot said:
A neighborhood philosopher mused that the least you could say
to three-D-life would be,
“Hi ‘ya – high, wide and handsome,”
and local reality replied,
“You forgot to mention my depth,”
and the guy said,
“If you don’t mind.- I’LL decide
what it is I’ve forgot and what I’ve not.”

11/07/90-(10-5)
…and Kyroot said:
Due to a passing “paucity-front” of interesting info
today’s “Believe It Or Take A Bus” feature has been cancelled.

11/07/90-(10.75)
…and Kyroot said:
Meanwhile…

11/07/90411)
…and Kyroot said:
A man with several ideas
could be compared with several men with one idea; he may not care for your juxtaposition, but what’s he gonna do?

11/07/90- (11.5)
…and Kyroot said:
At any given moment
man’s intellectual social affairs cannot withstand one additional ounce,
one further inch of scrutiny.

11/07/90-(12)
..and Kyroot said:
The power behind the throne
is way behind the throne – no, I mean W-A-Y-Y behind the throne.

11/07/90-(12.5)
…and Kyroot said:
Over on another world they have a new little religion that says you can if you want to.

11/07/90-(13)
…and Kyroot said:
Dialogue Fragment, Son Of:
“In retrospect everything looks better.”
“That’s pretty well-used.”
“Okay, in retrospect everything looks worse.”
“Well, I know you’ve reversed, but what’s it prove?”
“All right, in retrospect real reality looks like it always did.”
“What the hell does ‘real reality’ mean?”
“In retrospect. I wish I’d never started this.”

11/07/90-(13.5)
…and Kyroot said:
No one’s birthplace remains idle, or is ever retired so long as you still think neighborhood thoughts.

11/07/90-(14)
..and Kyroot said:
In pursuit of the belief that even
the most fertile balance of justice can be improved,
a new organization has formed over in the City
whose purpose is summed up in their rallying cry and slogan,
“More Roughage For Ducks.”

(Once upon a once,
a kid asked the wise ole king,
“Is it not a good thing, My Lord, that all those who ‘mean well’
can’t necessarily manage to do so.” [And His Grace passed a mallard without so much as a
“How ‘ja do”].)

11/07/90-(14.5)
..and Kyroot said:
One ole guy told his nephew,
“A man that won’t mispronounce a word ain’t got nothin’ to say.”

11/07/90-(15)
…and Kyroot said:
One man sends the following message: “We’ve got a problem over here.”
He doesn’t give his specific location (it’s not necessary).

11/07/90- (15.5)
..and Kyroot said:
The companionship of real thought is ruthless…(“Thanks be” to the
gods and
the squirrels.)

11/07/90-(16)
…and Kyroot said:
What’s a man with no habits gonna talk about?

11/07/90-(16.5)
..and Kyroot said:
A viewer writes to say that after
watching and pondering these programs and
what he takes to be my “metaphorical use”
of the idea of a “king”- a directing force,
and the “people”- those more passive aspects of a man’s mind,
he says that IF this interpretation is correct,
he would then conclude that the energy that drives a king
and the energy that moves the people
have a relationship such as between
The Reader’s Digest and “War And Peace.”

11/07/90-(17)
…and Kyroot said:
A guy who had an arm ripped off later denied it.

11/07/90-(17.5)
..and Kyroot said:
One guy’s motto was simply – “Once a guy,
always a guy.”

11/07/90418)
…and Kyroot said:
In this one universe
their lead god would sometimes
take off all his clothes,
stand in front of an omni-directional mirror,
and in a voice sarcastic yet compassionate
(which was possible through divine intervention),
he would rear-back and holler, “Where are my critics NOW?”

11/07/90-(18.5)
…and Kyroot said:
As the kid dragged his suitcase closer to the door, and nearer to the city, his ole man said,
“I don’t wanna give you the willies, or the
hemostatic heebie-jeebies son, but once you get into town,
if a man ever tells you he’s ‘intelligent,’ he’s either the Great Pretender, or else he’s pulling your leg.”

(The lad was correct in assuming
there had to be an additional possibility, but the first two were so disheartening he didn’t wanna think about it any further.)

11/07/90-(19)
…and Kyroot said:
In tones braggadocian
a gent by the lake declared,
“Thinking has kept me alive,”
and a regent frog reflected,
“I suppose one’s inherent vocation
could be thought of as, ‘life support.'”

11/07/90- (19.5)
…and Kyroot said:
Another viewer writes to say that HE for one
is not – and has NEVER been fooled by my reading
of the so-called, “Letters from viewers,”
(which I have obviously written myself,
and he says if I continue with this façade,
he’s going to actually write me a REAL letter from a viewer.

11/07/90-{19.75)
…and Kyroot said:
Hey – how about this –
another viewer just wrote to say that I shouldn’t sweat it, and that I should just ignore the previous letter.

11/07/90-(20)
…and Kyroot said:
One guy’s advice to the kid,
“Consider what’s the dumbest thing could happen to you, then, without telling anyone – guard against it.”

11/07/90- (20.5)
…and Kyroot said:
Whenever he misspelled a word
this one fellow would claim he’d do so deliberately;
(he says he’s now trying to get up the nerve to
do this only when caught.)

11/07/90- (21)
…and Kyroot said:
Under cover of the silent, starless night
the conspirators made their way, (in, of course,
a conspiratorial manner), along the watchtower,
when one of the band suddenly shouted – “Look out –
here comes a watchtower.”

…(Later, as they awaited execution the guy who had yelled told his condemned companions, “But I thought
that’s what I
was SUPPOSED
to do.”)

11/07/90-(21.5)
…and Kyroot said:
Much of man’s intellectual adventures can be briefly reviewed through the one scene wherein every time he tries to dock,
the pier moves.

11/07/90-(22)
…and Kyroot said:
After an exceptionally splendid day of battle in the mountains
the king would sometimes send an anomalous messenger
back to the valley with unexpected “new-news,”
but what with the distance and the cloudy Mist between the two areas
the story has no conclusion.

….0h yeah, the above was one of
the messages the king once sent.)

11/07/90- (22.5)
…and Kyroot said:
Explanations aren’t intended to actually EXPLAIN anything: – but are, in fact,
extant as evidence that things can NOT be ordinarily explained.

11/07/90-(23)
…and Kyroot said:
Over in this one reality
a guy somewhat given to verbosity and whining
was sending up his prayer to their deity and noted therein,
“After all the rituals and adorations I’ve directed to you
not once have any of my requests been granted,
and I would like to now say that if I cannot at least have
today’s appeal answered I will never communicate with you again –
it’s up to you – it’s your choice.”, and the god thought,
“Wow! – tough call.”