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The Third Activating Factor: Criticism

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#815 May 13, 1991 – 1:00 
Notes by TK

Kyroot to :11. Simple existence is binary; an igniting third factor is required for existence to be “fully operational”. The “Civilization Machine” assembly line: acts first, then facts = simple reality; the third activating factor: criticism (both amateur—whining—and professional—expert critics). First comes the GSR acts (grunting, slopping and rutting) then the SAL facts (speech, art and literature). Criticism is factualizing about facts, not just acts (simple facts). Criticism = second order facts.

E.g., “men can’t fully enjoy, can’t be fully edified by a work of art, until they ask themselves ‘what is its meaning?’ It is thinking about what you’re thinking about. There is no sense of self, of I, w/o criticism. Criticism is inevitable since facts have no stable, permanent basis like acts do. TWE (to what end)  is life arranged so that men can’t see and respond to the obvious, the simple?


The News

Over in this one place, just before the end would arrive
there’d be a real bigù beginning.

* * *

One ole grizzler advised his pup, “Go on — paint everybody
with a broad brush… and if they complain — use a roller!”

* * *

On this one world they only served dickleberry stew, but —
Ha Ha! — it didn’t matter ’cause nobody ate anyway.

* * *

Privately, to himself, this one guy said, “Remember: Any
change you make to your brains is a drug.” …(Privately, even
heù didn’t know why he said it. …[Apropos to god-knows-what:
There’s this fraternity over at one city college whose rallying
cry is, “What we drink is what we think.”])

* * *

More “Free-Neuron Axioms For Our Time”: Everything that’s
funny is inadvertentlyù funny; everything’s funny.

* * *

There was once this one fellow who continually complained
about his “bad luck,” until he heard that the gods were really
gonna stick it to people who complained; his luck suddenly
changed.

* * *

A fellow who says he picks up our show on his uncle’s
pacemaker writes to ask, “Is the reason this kind of stuff is so
hard to isolate and specifically define because it is everywhere?
(Yours Truly, etc.)” Well, Dear Sir: It would be all according
to whereù you’re looking. …(How’s thatù for the ole encouraging
“run-around”!)

* * *

You might be interested to learn that in undergraduate God
School the most popular course (next to Myth Appreciation) is
Outrage 101. …(Freshmen have been known to smilingly refer to
it as a “hoot” and a “blast.”)

* * *

traffic in the inevitable. …(Consider: A man who could stand
and watch an approaching monsoon with no opinion thereof, and,
furthermore, be extracting from the entire experience some new
info regarding unnoted functions of fashion, physics, folk
dancing (or something) — note, such a man will notù be hired as a
reporter for the City Daily News.)

* * *

Facts have the same responsibility as civilized men — to
help prop one another up.

* * *

One of the city soreheads said, “If the churches hadn’t
invented them ideas of belief and patience, the faithful would be
as dumb as the rest of us.”

* * *

A secret once cut is too direct.

* * *

Do note in your subversive surveys that no ordinary
intelligence can conceive of tomorrow without it being some form
of Yesterday Redux, or Today Repaired. …(You might also note
that this is the very type of data that is simultaneously
irrelevant and potentially explosive. …[Or just say it’s both
meaningless and useful.])

* * *

After many requests and supplications, this one god
acquiesced, (although neither he nor any of his ministers knew
what that meant; [his wife later remarked, “So what else is
new.”])

* * *

There is another nearby universe wherein only warts are
justifiably sarcastic.

* * *

(New scene in the continuing saga of “The Ole Man Gives The
Kid Some Ad-vice”): “Son, in the great ‘race-of-life’ you’ve got
three choices: You can either help start the race, help judge
its finish, drive one of the cars, or be a sponsor,” and the lad
cried, “But Ole Man — that’s fiveù choices,” and Pop replied,
“So?”

* * *
Between midnight and morning, during a lull in the fighting,
a general said to his bloodied aide, “The ever widening silence
begins to speak to us all.”

* * *

And in this other place, just before it’d get late, it’d get
R-E-A-L-L-L late.

* * *

The unusual thinking processes inherent in this kind of
neural rebellion could be smilingly described as: science with
no laws; religion with no beliefs; a game with no rules; a sport
with no score; maps with no mileage or features, and a joke that
is allù punch line.

* * *

Down near the shopping mall a gentleman stopped me, said
he’d seen the show, etc., but primarily wanted to tell me that he
thinks when I speak of “the city” that I’m probably notù referring
to some specific location. (He smiled, and went on about his
business.)

* * *

After a near lifetime spent alone, one man says his fear
still is that a woman might “hide his tools.”

* * *

One of the park philosophers declared to the crowd,
“Opinion’s door is alwaysù open — think about it,” and a
gentleman hearing this said to himself, “Ah, that accounts for
all of the riff-raff having some.”

* * *

One kid’s uncle believes there’s a lesson in all this for
all of us (but he’s not quite sure what it is).

* * *
I was surprised to find a man over on this one planet who
sincerely stated, “I can’t complain…” Well, he didn’t actually
sayù it, ’cause he couldn’t talk.

* * *

making “funny little marks and symbols” on paper, and that lots
of people are taking it quite seriously. He says he’s
considering expanding this into the area of sound. …(He says
we may “stay tuned,” if we’re so inclined.)

* * *

There was this one god who made all his little creatures
believe he was much more important than he actually was.

* * *

While trying to find his way, one guy forgot he was lost.

* * *

From the audience mail bag comes a communique from a man who
says he bets I have a “whole collection” of Kyroots set aside
that I decided notù to use on the show.

* * *

All who grow — murder, and all who don’t are subject to
false arrest for “Unjustifiable Homicide Via Self-Defense.”
…(Gentlemen, take your choice!)

* * *

While searching for the meaning of life, one guy fell in a
hole.

* * *

One rebel leader had this to say, “One of the sumptuous joys
of this struggle, unknown and untasted by those not so involved,
is in bringing down the old, for only the revolutionists come to
realize the danger of those things even the least out-dated.”

* * *

One guy’s name was so terrifying, even heù didn’t wanna say
it.

* * *

Each and every morning, after shaving his face, cleaning out
his ears, wiping out his eyes, brushing his teeth and blowing his
nose, this one man would stare ominously at himself in the
mirror, focusing his glare toward his frontal lobes, and in a
dawn-shattering voice demand, “Okay — who’sù next?”

* * *

(which, by the by, includes some of you, I believe): Life is so
streamlined and efficient that things go wellù even when things
don’t GO well.

* * *