Jan Cox Talk 0893

Collective Thinking Is Indispensable Yet Insufficient

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#893 Nov 11, 1991 – 1:00
Notes by TK

Kyroot. to :22. Collective thinking is indispensable yet insufficient. The ordinary take the indispensable as sufficient. DNA controls personality-thought processing (thinking “Bob-like”) as much as physical characteristics. This indispensability feels in the Nervous System to be sufficient (“I can only be me, not more than I am). Personality-thought-process = point of view; this POV is sufficient; it is everything for an ordinary man. POV = dualism, polarity, comparison—the only way human intellect can operate. So follow all battles of differences: vital signs of Life’s health.


The News

Just trying to find a place to start allows many people to announce they’re finished.

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Just revealed — the new slogan of the Ambivalent Society: “When In Doubt — Pout.”

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One guy says he’s got some friends who think our show’s interesting; (but he says they’re not real close friends).

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One man writes the doctor: “Dear Sir: My mind seems to basically work all right, but the lower areas of my nervous system still seem to be in the Dark Ages — what should I do? Signed, Just-Your-Ordinary-Guy.” Dear Guy: You mean other than be happy you’re alive?…

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Just as with ideas, the artist who still has detractors still has a chance.

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Part of being ordinary is to take the indispensable as sufficient.

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Early on, one wanna-be revolutionist realized — “If thinking’s not gonna be fun — what is?!!”

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One guy thought to himself, “Yeah, you about got it right.” And himself thought, “Jeeze! what did he mean by that?” (All carousel thoughts must look up the rear of the horse in front of them. …[And a listener writes: “Why did you not say that, ‘All carousel thoughts must forever look up the rear…’, etc.?”; Well, Dear Listener, “Forever” is a long time. (And he replied), “Yeah, but so’s thoughts!”])

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In some places it takes up to three or four minds just to not do what it would normally take one not to.

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Once you move, you realize your old address wasn’t as serious as you thought; but watch out you don’t start imparting neo-graveness to your new one.

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{…and Kyroot injected a second verse, right here:} Being able to discover something totally new without becoming grim may be an ultimate test for a revolutionist, somewhere.

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At their annual Neighborhood Collective Awards Banquet in the city, Mr. John Q. Respectable said in accepting his honor, “We must all strive for a low fat reputation.” (And right on the money, life cued the applause.)

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A man with nice shoes continues to confuse the words “surprised” and “suppressed.” He says he trembles to consider the damage this may be doing him without his consent.

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The ultimate beauty contest is perforce among the deceased.

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Pondering whether this represents some progress, a viewer writes: “When I first started watching your show it ofttimes irritated me, but now I find myself more annoyed by the unused possibilities of life.”

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If you look around real quick — you can see yourself everywhere; and if you look around equally as fast you can discover that you’re nowhere.

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Calling us over from behind a squirrel sign a man says that he is, “more and more impressed with himself, less and less”; (He adds that actually on alternate days he is “less and less impressed with himself, more and more,” but that he doesn’t want to unduly confuse us with this fine point).

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In response to the salesman’s passionate policy pitch, the fellow replied, “I’ve already got my life insurance — it’s known as death.”

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While waiting to be seated, one man told his dinner companion that his latest theory is that if there are people who know more than him they probably feel superior to him and that there lurks some intrinsic intransigent fear therein. …(His friend attempted to have a small salad without irony.)

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{…and from Column B, an unrelated item:} If you go where they serve food it’s hard to get anything but fed. …(And the neurons with the pom poms leaped in front of the crowd and led a cheer for the Red Team — which represents every university, every city, and keeps us all alive and in the game.)

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Why else is it, do you suppose, that the more sophisticated and civilized men become the higher value they claim to place on individual life.

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Now for another letter directed to the Advise Doctor: “Concerning the spectrum, running from atheletes-to-artists, I find it personally easier to turn-an-ankle than to turn-a-good-phrase; wherein might I fall?”

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To celebrate his birthday, the king of this one land decided to give the people the ultimate gift; he announced that everyone could think just as much as they liked, (which was also a fine display of fiscal responsibility, inasmuch as faits accomplis cost the giver naught).

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Remember, all you fans of the Food And Forestry Administration: A man with a gun can be your friend whether you want him to or not.

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We interrupt this seamlessness to bring you this unseemly news item: The man who invented the question mark has just turned himself in to the authorities.

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One kid rejoined, “But every one is indispensable to themself.” And the ole man declared, “Not as long as I’m in charge of this family!”

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Many small home appliances can talk, but being the considerate household machines that they are, they do not wish to impose on their owners’ good will and hospitality.

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Baring his chest in lieu of his brain, one man declaimed, “I can only perceive my faults when they are described to me in some detail.” (And all who heard this were undercome.)

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More Conversations, Transcribed For Your Dining Pleasure: “Timing is everything.” “Perhaps — unless you’re the drummer showing up on the right day, but at the wrong gig.” “Okay — timing and a sense of direction are everything.” “I hesitate to expand the verbal scope of these proceedings, and respond to your revision, inasmuch as synapses need no encouragement in cannibalism.”

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And a viewer writes: “I think you just made up this whole thing about a ‘revolution’ and all.”

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More things on which you can depend: Gods who arm themselves always favor gun control. (Don’t worry if you Don’t get it; trying to look-up from down-there is predictably confusing.)

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In life’s cattle drive to take you from here to over there, you, starting out on an individually inopportune foot, may not make things any worse, but it sure won’t make them any better. (See what I mean? — “Mooo”.)

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One guy’s brain tried to tell him, “Hey, public taste is too public for me.”

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Over in Poo-Doo Land, a dreamer dreamed, “To be a revolutionist is never to be wrong; to be a revolutionist is never to be right; and these are city nightmares best kept to bed at night.” Then mercifully he suddenly awoke and realized I’d just made him up.

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Collective Neural Affairs Tromp Onward: One man painted a large red “Y” on his forehead to help cover the “X” already there.

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One would-be city philosopher, (attempting to pull himself up by his own Kant-straps), was wont to intone, at moments he considered opportune, “No man is a battleship,” that is, until that day when he met a man who WAS… (well, I’m sure you’ve got it from there.)… and a viewer writes: why is it easier to poke fun at intellectuals than it is athletes?” Dear Viewer: Not just easier — but SAFER, too.

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The king of this one region would sometimes say things that only the ARTISTS of the land could understand…………..and even they couldn’t.

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Near the viaduct, a guy asked his brother, “Is there anything to be learned from the fact that men throw surprise parties for neurons, but not for livers?”

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When the full dimensions of your reality is greater than those in which you exist, there always seems to be a guessing game going on. Your reality’s dimensions are ALWAYS greater.

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Up in the higher limbs of the tree, having a point-of-view goes along with having to be yourself… (And a zacky zoologist writes: “Is it not fortunate that lambs can’t climb trees?” — [Hey! Who left the barn door open and let experts in!])

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One rebel’s notation to his grand-darlings, “A man who claims to be anything, ain’t nothin’.”

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One revolutionist thought, “Hey, just because I’m dead doesn’t mean I’m finished.”

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When it came to “pushing the envelope of intelligence,” one guy said fuck-all-that-shit, that he wanted to “Blow up the post office.”

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Due to an increase in his ability to think outside the city limits, one fellow traded in his mirror for a new muffler.

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While not trying to “give you the blues” or anything, you should be informed that ofttimes while the crowd awaits the final score, the game is actually over and the teams already leaving the area. (Flash THAT on the message board some night in your own neural stadium.)

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Queery: What’s the difference between a squirrel and a bus? A squirrel doesn’t have to stick to the main roads.

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Then to the doctor came this inquiry: “Why is it easier to be a ‘Man with a mission’ when you’re not feeling well?” Sir, have I got a question for YOU: Why is it easier not to feel well?

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Remember, all you patients, and all you wanna-bees: A man can feel un-well in two places.

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{…and in a totally unrelated item,} the city press tells of a man who only “feels bad” when it “suits his purposes”; (May I add what they omitted: it ALWAYS suits his purposes.)

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{…and in a completely, and totally unrelated item:} In a finite space, everything gets used; including the garbage, and that which is denied existence.

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A king who will submit to the desires of the people is no longer a king. (Don’t misread the politically obvious, for the individual intellect that accepts the collective one is no more than an upper story organ dealing in non-physical juices.)

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Legerdemain Update: The ole intellectual “hat trick”, the revolutionist does without a hat.

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A certain rebel “look-alike” once thought, “Maybe I’m too hard on myself.” And just as quickly replied — “Are YOU NUTS?!!”

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As he left, one guy said to himself, “Say, let’s still keep in touch.” (And to himself he thought, “In your dreams — In your dreams.”)

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A system’s continual self-reference is a form of defense.

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{…and one unrelated item said to another:} “Tell me what-kinda-guy-you-are, and I’ll tell you how healthy you are.” And the second one replied, “If I tell you what-kinda-guy-I-am, it’ll be obvious.” (Stupid Test: Part Four: Do you think either one of them understood what we made them say?; Part Five: Do YOU want to?)

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Claiming to have given considerable, and serious thought to the matter, one guy says that if there actually IS such a thing as “The Revolution,” he’s sure that part of its purpose is just to annoy HIM.

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Man is the “Guy in the middle,” between genes and life, twixt in-here, and out-there …(Then a choir of revolutionists — suddenly appearing from nowhere — raised their voices in song, “Ah, ‘Tis great to ‘be-in-the-middle’.”)

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From an extremely hard-nosed, imaginary revolutionist view — anything that can be compared, doesn’t exist.

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{…and a subscriber responds:} “Ah yes, but if I didn’t feel bad, how’d I know I ever felt good?” — I rest my case!

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Looking around at all the possibilities, one guy concluded, “If you GOT a ‘best bud’ you probably ought to treat them like your VERY best bud.” (The primary kitchen can whip up a souffle, but it won’t necessarily see that it keeps standing.)

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Frequent Flyer Bonus Tip: The best flights are silent.

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A man unsure of his travel plans could be assisted by being told that all trains had been cancelled. (Of course, if he’s just a common commuter, he could also get depressed, or disgusted.) Uncertainty can pass for insight only in the city.

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One chap, after apparently pondering some of what’s been said tonight, notes: “It seems to me that men would be more likely to want to move if their old residence stunk worse,” or, might I add, Sir, if their sense of smell expanded.

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Plans made in costly contravention to one’s primary desires can give one a “Whole new definition” of the word, “costly”.

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One man says he tries to depend on himself more than anyone else; (yet not enough to do any real damage.)

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The sun ALWAYS shines in the primary world — except when it’s cloudy, but even then — over there — at LEAST no one “takes it personally”…..(One kid told his ole man, “I wanna move.” And the ole man said, “That’s what you’re here for.”)

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The secondary bites with teeth dull, and hence, particularly painful. (And in a related neighborhood matter: One man put up, around his most pleasurable activities, a sign that said, “Beware Of City Dogs”.)

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Only the revolutionist never runs out of things to think………..(or gets tired of doing so.)

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