Jan Cox Talk 0883

Talking About Failure Can Equal Success

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#883 Oct 18, 1991 – 1:00 
Notes by TK

Kyroot to :15. If it can be talked about, it can be changed. Cf. Neural Revolutionist view: the futility of talk about Primary Level World irreversibles (e.g., death, history). Such futility is success for ordinary man, for the Secondary Level World. Primary Level World things regularly revive themselves (i.e., hunger/satiation; sleep/waking etc.). When Secondary Level World things die they are forever dead. Talk is always possible for man; man always does the possible. Failure = success, because talked about.

True success in the Secondary Level World = disappearance. Talk = the “eternal building fund drive” (a collateral goal)—all based on inchoate knowledge that no institution can achieve its stated aims, of fundamental impotence. Man is a failure, therefore living, therefore a success.


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The reason that most machines make a lot of noise is so you’ll remember that they’re machines. (Anyone who tries to take this personally is just asking for it.

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In the city everyone grows up to be their own super-hero.

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More of The Conversation: “Hey — everybody steps in a hole now and then, there — feel better?” God! I hope not!”

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Hormones that talk make modern man walk.

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For his own special quest this one man at first solicited the assistance of others, but quickly realized that such help simply slowed him down.

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An adviser to the king declared: “The best defense is to have no defense.” And His Grace whispered to a guard: “If he’s not speaking metaphorically, have him shot with some of those extra painful bullets we ordered.”

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One guy’s attitude now is that it’s safest just to not look.

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This one god wouldn’t allow his creatures to make fun of him. He knew they would anyway, and they knew they couldn’t hide it from him, so they shook hands, had a drink, and went on about their respective business.

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Hey! — If drastic change was easy to take it wouldn’t be drastic. (And you guess what else it might not be.)

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“Remember”, noted the Primal Etiquette Instructor, “everyone loves a man with sex on his mind, hunger in his belly, and a motel key in his pocket. “Now class does that about cover it?” “Y-E-S, teacher.”

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Another guy put a meter on his brain. It never did work — but how was he supposed to know!

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A — should I say — obvious corollary: If you ain’t what you are without having to say what you are, you ain’t what you were gonna say you are anyway.

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There is no life but contemporary life.

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Fable du jour: Once upon a time in a land far, far away — (don’t you wish!) — they thought of “good intentions” as being a “bunch of words put together”.

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Carved on a tree near one revolutionist camp site: “It Doesn’t Count Unless You’re paid to Be Nice.”

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A letter we received reads “Since first discovering your show, I have been a regular viewer and have really enjoyed the way you ‘take-on’ and ‘tear-up’ everybody; but now my wife says she doesn’t think you’re actually attacking people like that, and if she’s right then I feel like I’ve wasted my time, and been tricked. Yours truly — maybe.”

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Sometimes on Friday, this one man would leave his garbage inside, and throw himself out the back door.

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A well known barbarian, noted for his many atrocious acts of mayhem, murder and outrage, once admitted in a quieter moment that he didn’t really dislike other people all that much, but that he just had extremely “frisky hormones.”

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