Jan Cox Talk 0826

The Job of Facts Is to Sound Better Than Reality

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Summary

#826 Jun 7, 1991 – 1:00 
Notes by TK

Kyroot to :12. Consider the “plasticity” of facts: the Factual World can change, i.e., 2+2 could equal 5, since man invented mathematics to begin with. The Actual World, in an individual’s lifetime, is operationally immutable. Acts and facts have their own separate reality, e.g. , hard and soft. Facts can and often do sound more exciting than they are. E.g., “Spreckensang” opera ; “knowledge is power”; the “war on poverty” ;”preventative health maintenance”. These all sound better than the actual reality.

The ultimate = religion. A fact sounds great but look what it turns out to be. The job of facts is to sound better than reality to compensate for the dull sameness of acts. This forces further man’s need to act to correct the built-in shortfall as acts never measure up to the factual advertising.


The News

This one fellow insists that even during the summer months, it’s best to warm up your brain before driving off.

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There’s this one reality where you’re not allowed to say, “practice makes perfect” unless you can clearly define what it is you’re trying to perfect.

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One person put it this way: “Having to listen to someone else talk is like having to listen to me shut up.”

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If your feel and conception of your own, individual existence is tied to any group or institution, then you will become a living example of justice and everyday retaliation.

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Having a loaded gun and a loaded target can prove to be two different things entirely.

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News Briefs On The Half-Hour: The weekly meeting of the Conspiracy Society has been canceled; their building was destroyed by fire; some suspect arson; Captain Irony may aid in the investigation. …(Stay tuned if you must.)

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(Inner family conversation; excerpted from chapter seven): “Papa, can I stay a while? Just until I feel that I’ll be able to become a man?” “Sorry kid, I can’t wait that long.”

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One man collected quotations; he collected a lot of quotations; he finally collected so many quotations that he couldn’t think of anything to say.

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The Minister Of Religion advised the king, “If one of the gods ever tells you to go out to some strange, uninhabited area and build a road, you can rest assured he has a relative in the paving business.”

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At a city party I overheard a chap say to his anxious attention span, “The best thing about being a famous big shot is that people think you’re having more fun than you actually are.”

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One of the first facts you should have learned in the secondary world is that: Just because something’s not true is no reason not to believe in it.

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As the craft pulled into docking position, several of the planets tried to pull away.

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In a shady spot just to the left of the University’s trash compactor, a young fellow approached me and proffered his notion that “The more you have to say, the harder it is to say it.”
…(He assures us that If you think about this, it’ll help explain away a lot of your current intellectual difficulties.)

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There’re some realities that’ll let things get wild and woolly just for the heck of it.

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A sewer salesman’s Thought For The Day: “A man who still can’t be witty, even with his belly-to-the-bar can
always…well…perhaps take a correspondence course.”

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A cow in a thunderstorm is every tree’s friend.

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A-musing and a-mulling off to himself late one afternoon, the guy said, “Boy, if I could be as good an influence on me as I am on other people, I could win one of those cheap trophies.”

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In city affairs, if the dice weren’t loaded you couldn’t play the game.

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No matter how complex, anything can have its own shape in a three dimensional reality — but, do remember that this appearance is ultimately meaningless and unrevealing.

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One god was so picky that he even had his gem clips custom made; …(and another god faxed me and said, “You call that picky?”)

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On many mornings this one young man (at least he was young on some mornings) would run through the village shouting, “The Philistines are coming, the Philistines are coming,” but when you live in Philistineville — who the hell cares!

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The sillier the profession, the more serious you must act.
…(Do you think someday we should compile a list of Kyrootian Laws up to which no one wants to face?)

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This one guy stayed up so late that it finally became early.

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His Royal, Neural Grace And All-Around Excellency said, in a moment of oblique, kingly magnanimity, “You know, Sir Hubert, I’ve never met a man I couldn’t blame for something.”

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Anything even approaching “conclusive proof” must exist far from the area in question. …(The scoreboard in the stadium tells nothing about the actual game.)

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A Public Service Announcement found on one neural billboard not very close from here: “The Telling Of What Kinda Guy You Are: A Proud Tradition Firmly Rooted On Local Quicksand.”

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One man’s operational slogan gradually, then, quickly became — “I gotta go now!”

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“Son,” said the ole man, “Don’t do as it’s so ordinary and easy to do.” “Which is?” asked the kid. “Don’t begin to think you’re making progress when all you’re doing is getting old,” and the younger said, “Pop, you tell me that at least once a year.” “I know,” said the elder, “I know.”

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As he danced, the headless king sang, “Being late can make you great.” …(The Ministry Of Time And Convenience has an agenda, that if known, would take your breath away.)

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This one fellow says his biggest advancement came through realizing that while parts of life might be serious, nothing humans write or say is.

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What any person claims is the distinction between man and other animals is true in their case.

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Instead of using an expected salutation, one man says he begins all of his letters “Yours truly,” so that they’ll think he’s already leaving.

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Right after the news this one planet would — are you ready for this? — run more news!

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The tops of city hillocks and monuments are easy, they can be done alone; but pits and ravines are more difficult, they require the help of others.

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The family motto of this one reality was, “Just Because Something’s Meaningless Doesn’t Mean It’s Worthless.”

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A chap with some nice habits says he lives so close to the intellectual edge that with a ladder and some binoculars he could see into the next reality (if it weren’t for all the stuff in between).

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Once he died, this one guy quit singing.

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As it made its way along, the funeral procession stopped at the soccer field, the library, and then the tavern, and throughout it all, everyone tried to listen as best they could.

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“Yes sir,” cooed the assuring salesman, “reality does come in several different models, and you should be thankful that they’re all available in your size.”

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If you say you don’t believe in something, it’s already too late.

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“Boy!” said the kid to himself, “When the ole man finds out what I’ve done to us again, he’s gonna say, ‘I knew someday you’d figure out we’re the same person.'”

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Denouncement of the past proves no commitment to the future.

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Everyone can take a joke but god, and the reason he can’t take a joke is because he can’t take a joke.

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One guy kept an intellectual as a pet…(well, he tried to).

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One non-regulation guy says that his radical approach to honing his intellectual skills is to think of something once and then move on.

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Once you know the world is round, you can sail forever.
…(Reminder: The factual world is round.)

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…and Kyroot said: 01/09/91- Page 1 0f 5

Copyright 1991 J. M. Cox