Jan Cox Talk 0848

Civilization Requires Group Think

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#848 Jul 29, 1991 – 1:00 
Notes by TK

Kyroot to :13. Civilization as the collectivizing of men so as to do in the intellect what cannot be done individually in it. The two extremes of intellectual function that civilization makes possible: religion and science: feeling/belief vs. thought/fact. In a certain real sense the individual is of no consequence. Only collective effort can produce the spectrum of thinking. From a 3d+ view religion is not a useless anachronism; religion is uniquely exemplary of intellectual civilization, being more sublime, less crude and more advanced than science, which is vague, inconclusive, crudely manipulative of the material, crackpot in comparison.

Compare the ultimate of science, the number system, with religion and you find that they share a singular trait: infinity. Numbers, math, are a system of thought devised to deal with an inconceivable, ineffable reality, just as religion is re: god. Both are thus infinite abilities issuing from finite minds, showing indirectly the nexus of further dimensions within its scope; each meanwhile continues to accuse its partner extreme of inadequacy, limitation and uselessness if not downright error. The Real Revolutionist finds all group thought to be of insufficient octane for his movement.


The News

Quoteth one guy evermore: “The only thing I don’t like about change is — Yep! You guessed it.”

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The sequentially driven, old mind of man has determined that things cause actions, but it cannot yet conceive of actions producing things.

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If local realities didn’t announce what they like, and what they don’t, how would you know how to play?

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The less men know the more they speak of freedom.

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The difference between a “true story” and an “actual true story” is the difference between not knowin’ nothin’ and not knowing anything.

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Any sensual fixation is not conducive to fresh thought.

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“Son, if I was you,” said the ole man, “and god ever says he’s determined that you’re qualified to be a spokesman for morality — son, if I was you, I’d ask if he had anything else available.”

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There is one man, in one place, who each morning gives thanks that he is what he is and na a man.

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Causes-for-optimism-are-not-dead: Those who expect to get caught are rarely disappointed. Examples-for-impersonal-analysis-are-not-totally-lacking: Everyone eventually gets caught — except those who don’t care.

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In the city the only difference between a cheap hobby and an expensive one is that the expensive one costs more.

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Every time a tree has a really nifty thought a squirrel somewhere gets an instant perm.

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Half way between the muffler and linen departments of the store a chap stopped me, said he watches the show and had a question for me: He says he now sometimes wonders if his own brain is from another planet, and he wants to know if this is some sign of “progress”?

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While waiting on a train one man invented the bus.

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In certain, select, 3-D galaxies, the source of all sin is the offset press. …(I do trust you won’t chortle and scoff before giving this a modicum of reflection…especially you who still live in such three-dee conditions.)

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Two ole soreheads on a park bench dialogued thusly. “What could be better than a crippled athlete?” posed the first. To which the second one replied, “An intellectual with brain damage?” (The ardent smiles that passed between them seemed surely predictive of a serious love affair. …[Although a third voice, lurking in a near-by shrub thought, “What’s wrong with a lamed thinker, or a stupid sprinter?”] …The moral? — You want a moral? Okay, field this one: Infidelity to oneself is never a crime in city parks, in civil heads.

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Certainty certainly is a surcease for ordinary minds.

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A certain kid took upon himself an inquiry of his ole man: “Dear Pa Pa, Why is it so widely held that in the normal affairs of man, ‘Those who know the most, suffer the most’?” And the older one replied, “That’s because those who ‘know the most’ don’t know the most.”

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When he felt like really living dangerously, this one guy’d cut off his burglar alarm.

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The Keeper of the Lightning, surveying the Gooey Plains, remarked, “‘Tis indeed tricky to look upon one’s kin with genuine neutrality.” “But — ‘ahhhhhhh'”, noted some higher fleshy-parts, “What a payoff when it works.”

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From a more radical, unruly view, what good is what you know, away from those who taught you what you know?

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One fellow says he has more ideas than he has time to think about. …(He sometimes feels an urge to storm his own Bastille.)
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A would-be rebel pointed out that it’s hard to know where you’re going if you’re not being chased. …(And yet another aspect of the revolution — [and at no additional charge, I might add] — that makes it the ever-popular pastime that it be, be, be.)

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Throwing up his hands, this one exasperated god exclaimed, “This job is far too labor intensive!”

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Another letter from our viewers reads as follows: “I have always thought I had an unusual turn of mind, and before watching your programs I had come to one specific conclusion — I was certain that there are two levels of things going on in life. First, what is actually going on, and then what I think is going on. But now — well, now — well, you’ve just screwed the whole thing up.”

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One guy kept his brains in a jar — oh, don’t worry, he kept it nearby.

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The entire merry-go-round is electrified, but some horses are hotter than others.

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This one kid asked, “Dear Dad, when I grow up, I want to be a poet,” and his ole man chuckled softly and replied, “Why, son, if you grow up, you can’t be a poet.” …(The lad suddenly realized what an underrated artistic icon he called Dad.)

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If you must tell yourself the moral to your own best stories and thoughts, perhaps you should pay more attention to your eating. You may be spilling some of the natural juices.

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Another safe bet under the bridges of city sequential reality: One man’s poison is two men’s poison.

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This one reality, in an attempt to explain to its little darlings the exactness required to make the machinery of a creation work, put it like this: “Consider that the difference between “precision” and “tolerance” is that they are two totally different words.”

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The history of everybody is the history of everybody — if you know how to read it.

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There is a kind of justice even to injustice (but don’t bother trying to tell that to the participants involved, if they’re armed).

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One ole unbelieving sorehead went ahead and began contributing to one of the state’s major religions, “just in case”, he said, “that god himself does turn out to be an ole sorehead after all.”

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Proving again its ability to lathe a political phrase with the best of them, this one reality declared, “As go my hormones, so goes creation.”

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Whenever this one man would take off a few moments and sit quietly with his own mind, he’d gently clasp its little hands and say, “We have so much catching-up to do.”

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Being human is the only job in which union is forced to ultimately recognize management.

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Our Six-Fifteen Fable for the Day: There was once a middle aged kid who pretended, (or believed, I forget which) — who pretended that an imaginary goat followed him everywhere he went; not just any old goat, but a magical one — a goat who was not afraid to eat anything! Now I mean anything — yes, even lightning and goo.

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A conspiracy of sufficient scope is no longer a conspiracy.

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Drive-By Theorem One: A good proverb doesn’t need to be updated. Number Two: A proverb that was really, really good originally wasn’t even needed.

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By way of dimensional compassion this one king would have a tall firing squad execute the short prisoners.

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A really civilized man — wait, let’s just say a subversively civilized man (which is the same thing, only better) — a subversively civilized man would reach a new level of simplicity.

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All hobbies are legitimate except those Life punishes you for.

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A city chap with various hobbies and possessions said he was afraid that if he told other people his very best thoughts that it would somehow ruin them. (He was partially correct, and partially not so — just like his best thoughts).

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Every twenty years the grown people think the ship’s gonna sink.

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A viewer writes, “Dear Kyroot: Will pursuing and thinking about the kinds of things you talk about make a person know more stuff?” Dear Viewer: Jeeze, I hope not.

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Over in this one land (just to keep all the little kiddies happy), all the old people got together and killed themselves.

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Only the revolutionist has any right ever to be vexed at the process. …(And he doesn’t have much of one).

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One hot neural afternoon a kid asked his ole man, “You don’t pick on me like most fathers do, don’t you have the normal love for me that other parents have for their children?” And the elder said, “Probably not, lad, probably not.”

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