Jan Cox Talk 0923

Individual Thought Not the Opposite of Collective Thought

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#923 Jan 20, 1992 – 1:00 [5563]
Kyroot to :23. Where you are depends on where you think you are. It is, under ordinary conditions, impossible not to think in a collective manner. However, Individual Thought is not the opposite or rejection of collective thought. The collective mind dreams of progress based upon subtraction (addition of non-attributes, e.g., no-crime, no-poverty etc.).


The News

Tip, statement, theory, hint and update: The revolutionist don’t quote nobody!

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First thing every morning, whether it needed it or not, one guy would put a whole new correcting tape in his typewriter — then, feeling much better, would get on with his day.

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{…and Kyroot noted: Musing for a moment, the old park philosopher thought, “The truth is tricky……….I like that.”}

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{One guy plays with his mind; (he says it’s an outgrowth of an earlier hobby he’d picked up as a youth).}

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Life is going in more directions than man can imagine; also in a manner more direct than he can see with the mind.

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Over in the city a lad asked his dad, “How can you be hip without being hostile?” And the older area countered, “How can you be hot without being on fire?” (They both stared at each other for awhile.)…(A man with a camera stepped forward with this inquiry, “Do superfluous words indicate superfluous thought?” And a chap near the docks made a note to himself, “Does an abundance of waves prove the oceans are about to overflow?”…[All-in-all, people in the city with city intelligence seem to find difficulty in making the mind respond usefully to questions about itself.])

…..{Rather than confront a moral head-on, this one guy’d take a bus.}

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He told the assembled, “A man who attempts to explain his tastes manifests two characteristics: his humanity, and his stupidity.” (He bowed slightly and said, “That is all for today; same time, next week.”)

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{Then there was this other fellow who would only think of himself as a “proper” pronoun on Mondays and special religious holidays.}

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{A man who had hung out and dreamed at the library for many years one day took himself into the restroom downstairs, looked into the mirror and said, “Dark caves, mysterious teachers and inaccessible mountains are not in India and Tibet, but in your head.”}

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A certain city system cried out, “What’s the use in having a cut if there’s no one there to spill paint thinner on it!”…(More things make a merry-go-round “go ’round” than electric motors and gasoline engines.)

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{Though unbeknownst to the public, at the king’s College for State Priests, the trainees are told: “To eventually help people to feel better, you’ve got to first make them feel worse.”}

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In a quite valid sense, it is only a neural revolutionist who knows what “knowing where you are” means — and doesn’t mean.

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In the early days, as man was trying to decide how to comport himself, he looked at the great noble beasts of the wild — the lions, the tigers, the bears — and decided to take a lesson from them and appear serious. (I would say it’s served him well — wouldn’t you.)

…..{There was also once a man who listened to fables and thought a lot, and he came up with his own slogan, which he would freely share with others, upon request, and it went like this: “If you’re gonna be yourself, you’ve gotta act like yourself.” (He really seems to enjoy sharing this with others — especially when they seem to take it seriously.)}

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After several tries one guy said, “Ah, screw it.” And one of the tries raised its skirt a bit higher and winked.

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And a viewer writes: “What I like best about your show is that, if I just sit back, relax and let-go, I don’t understand any of what you’re talking about, and I just love it.” Signed, “A Semi-Faithful Viewer.”

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{One god’s name was Mary Beth, but he said don’t you bet on it.}

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The speaker in the Philosopher’s Free Spot in the city park proclaimed to the onlookers, “We’re all connected together with invisible wires,” and a man in the crowd spoke out, “I have a distant cousin who lives on a world where everybody is tied together with visible wires.” (And this stirred up quite a temporary commotion amongst those who were paying attention.)

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{Alternate description of the progression of ordinary nervous systems in the city: From trying to “get ahead” to “getting by.”}

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{…then Kyroot noted: One of the more unexpected lessons they taught in one rebel camp was that “If you can walk through the snow without leaving footprints — you don’t have to walk through the snow.”}

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A man we recently mentioned who had expressed a new theory that “Roaches spread stupidity” now wants us to know that he apologizes for this idea; he says he’s “Very, very sorry — deeply repentive,” and wanted us to be the first to know.

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{On one of the kid’s frequent visits back home the ole man told him, “Let me simplify city life for you, son. Just try and look at it like this — All talkers are the same.”…(In the Land of Way-Over-There, all the creatures got together for a discussion, and the tongues ended up laughing at the similarity of all stomachs.)}

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{The regal accounting firm of one man’s brain reported to him, “Those who measure the relative sizes of their problems may reasonably expect to continue having them. (Bill to follow.)”}

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After hearing many repetitions of the maxim, “To climb the ladder of success you must begin on the lowest rung,” this one man set out in search of this rung, and after many hardships, (fairy tale talk), found the rung. Unfortunately, it was not connected to any ladder. (The man now says he has a refreshed understanding and appreciation of irony and justifiable sarcasm as acceptable alternatives to success.)

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{The security guards had to bodily restrain one chap at the convention who tried to wrestle away the microphone to give his new view that, “Life would be safe if it weren’t for hormones.”}

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Recently someone wrote the Advice Doctor and asked, “Is it possible to weave a carpet from the backside out?”…(The overseer of one local area says that far too often do disruptive ideas slip into otherwise decent city life. [He cautions all good citizens to “Be on the lookout.”])

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{When it came time to be counted, one man quickly raised his hand and said, “If you don’t mind I’d like to be either second or third, and if not, then maybe somewhere around ten billion.”}

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There was once a king who had two sons: one had a book of proverbs, and the other, a large gun. One day they went off to hunt the great wild bear, and when they returned the first boy had a bear that could read. Such can be the surprising off-shoots of progress…(And a viewer with a remote reacts, “In the story sub judice should not you have said, ‘Such can be the surprising off-shoots of secondary progress’?” [Signed, etc.] Well, such communiques do show some signs of alertness, but by now you should be able to inquire of yourself — “What other kind of progress is there?!!”)

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{Off to himself in private, one guy thought, “Sometimes I get so confused that I think I might actually know what I’m doing!”…(“Ah, sweet progress — where is thy sting; by any other name; ah yes, I knew him well, and so-on, like that.”)}

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{One neural party said to another, “I may not agree with what you say, but I’ll defend to the death my right not to agree.”}

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At the end of his speech, after the floor was thrown open for questions, a chap at a table over to the left (who still hadn’t finished his dessert) stood and asked, “Is perseverance an admirable trait?” And the speaker took on a rather biting tone and replied, “An ‘admirable trait’ — can you believe it! — people still asking about such things; just who is this Admiral Trait? — the Fleet Commander of some bubbly bathtub brigade?!!” (This outburst seemed to take away most everyone’s interest in going any further.)

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{…and Kyroot kinda “asided” us thusly: On a quite quirky day I heard a fellow say, “If you start early enough, you can get dumb sooner.”}

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{One man’s current operating premise is, “If you don’t understand what you don’t like, you’re all right.”…(And a young child looked around and asked, “When I grow up can I be ‘all right’?”)}

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{…and Kyroot continued: Another, “Example And Moral, Half-Way From Hades:” (First the Example): One man, as a type of self-defense, says that “All new ideas have acne.” (Moral): If you offer an explanation of a human activity as you describe it, you accomplish one of two possibilities — neither of which are worth mentioning at a revolutionists’ bowling tournament.}

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A fellow who had been pursuing several off-the-beaten-path paths, pulled me over and said, “I’ve near-bouts decided that ‘worrying’s’ okay, as long as you remember that that’s all it is.”

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During the verbal part of the test for the position of Associate State Priest, one applicant stated as his central thesis, “The world wouldn’t go ’round unless the gods wanted it to go ’round.” (His Grace said he’d think about it and let him know. [“Next.”])

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It’s hard to be taken seriously if some do not find you offensive.

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{One ole sorehead (who swears he’s not as soreheaded as he was this time last year), says he’s still convinced that, “Everything melts.” (But he says he’s also beginning to turn this into some kind of new philosophy regarding the impossibility of ever getting fully rid of candle droppings.)…(And a local squirrel stopped in mid-chew and said, “You know, there’s just something about human progress that’s so…so…well — so inspiring.” And his brother said, “Hey, Lancelot — Get real! — and get back to squirreling.”…[And a duck down below hearing all of this mused, “The vocal world can indeed sound harsh even when speaking of what, had it remained silent, would not have otherwise been so.”])}

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One man kept up with the news, and he was such a sweet guy the news didn’t have the heart to tell him that it didn’t make any difference…(Okay — Test Time: Everyone who believes the above to be true and correct, raise your hands, and take poison.)

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{One part of one local reality thought, “Creatures that’ll talk about themselves sure as hell ain’t got anything better to talk about.”}

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{Public Service Announcement: “Having some idea what life’s about, and knowing what life’s about, are not exactly the same thing.” (For additional information, or to complain about this, you can write to Boulder, Colorado.)}

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One guy’s mind said to him, “Remember, there’s a way out of everything but this.”

…..{In the park, the speaker addressed the crowd saying, “The human mind is like a rat in a maze.” And someone responded, “Is that like a custom-bred lab mouse, or a wild alley rat?” And the speaker was about to say that that didn’t matter, but the more he thought about it….}

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Until a scoreboard is erected the two teams don’t even know they exist — much less that they’re in conflict.

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{So as to better turn the students’ attention in a certain direction, the professor began appearing in class fully clothed… (And one primary-realm watching the show remarked, “I don’t find that very amusing.”)}

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{One subversive ole sort told his kid, “A man with a label might as well be a suit.”}

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{…and Kyroot gave mention of: One artist’s outlook: “The thing about being a poet in the city is that you can cover up for what you don’t know by what you say.”}

…..{And another guy seemed to have a related notion: He says, “You can learn from everybody.” (He says this only when he’s around “everybody.”)}

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{Okay — Moral without a fable: Since he could think better standing up, this one guy laid down.}

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One monarch grouched, “The worst thing about being king is that everybody want to fuck with you.” And the highest part of one guy’s brain said, “Same here.”

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{After some instruction and observation, the view of one kid from his youthful perspective was, “Being civilized is being able to not do what you want to.”}

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{“Hey,” said one guy, “Hold it just a minute here; if opposites do attract, then why is not intelligence more drawn to me?”}

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Another of those regular speakers in city park took center stump and stated, “The more complex life becomes the easier it is for…” and suddenly a man in the crowd interrupted him, “Wait, let me finish it: ‘The more complex life becomes the easier it is for dunderheads to predict the future.'” And the speaker replied, “How did you know that was what I was going to say?!!”

…..{Amphibious forest alert: When conditions are ripe, Captain Irony is not limited to lurking.}

…..{Instantaneous clarification: Conditions are always ripe.}

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A sign, threatened to be placed in rebel camps for many years, would have read, “A revolutionist who makes any mention of any difficulty in BEING a revolutionist is not one.” …(Toyland note: Having an interest that makes you run your mouth can be cheaper than collecting electric trains.)

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After many years in a certain room, the man came forth and announced, “Based on extensive study and reflection, I conclude that our greatest potential as humans is to become even more human.” (Not many people at all seemed very impressed by this.)

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{Whenever he’d think really hard, this one guy’d make rude noises.}

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The speaker at the convention said, “Show me the gene that causes aggression and then I’ll believe it’s biological and hereditary.”

…..{…and Kyroot added: To be an “expert” in man’s secondary world is to reject the natural order of things as being neither natural, nor orderly.}

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{…”K” also noted: Denouncing the collective keeps you one of them.}

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Many travelers who stopped at the inn would at first express great interest in the upstairs rooms, but eventually seemed most comfortable sleeping in the lobby.

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