Jan Cox Talk 0927

Becoming an Expert Diminishes the Subject’s Original Nourishment

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#927 Jan 29, 1992 – 1:00
Notes by TK

Kyroot to :32. The ordinary are forced to debate the accuracy of meaningless maps in their drive to find where they are, what life’s about. Real creativity is the making up of where you are. Creativity feeds the NS’s need for development. The achievements of the Primary Level World are not the crowning glory of Life’s contemporary development. Becoming an expert in your creative area is to lose the nourishment it originally furnished.

Becoming an expert is to pursue derivative sources in the field of creativity, it is to ignore the obvious: the original impetus no longer is fed by the activity. Relying on ancillary sources suppresses creativity All sources for the intellect are auxiliary, derivative.


The News

The simple survive — which is all that is required.

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Un-called-for Clarification: The revolutionist “body of knowledge” is no”body” — but rather a method.

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{…and Kyroot noted: One ole “homey” part of one man’s brain one recent day said, “If I didn’t know you so well I’d think you were up to something.”}

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Just past everything is itself all over again — but thankfully — no one seems to notice.

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{A correspondent writes, “Hey — what’s the problem? — as long as you’ve got to be somebody — why not talk about it!” “Hey,” he repeats, “What’s the proble-roonie?!!”}

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Most people seem quite content — if not down-right pleased — to simply run errands for the king.

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As a group of people on the corner were waiting for the Number 17 bus and for the temperature sign to change, a street-corner philosopher spoke up and addressed them thusly, “There is some truth in everything,” and a man asked, “Even in saturated fat?” And the speaker replied, “Well, perhaps not, but other than that: There is some truth in every thing.” And another man asked, “Even in economic forecasting?” And the speaker replied, “Okay, maybe not in that, but there is some truth in everything else.” And a third voice in the crowd asked, “Well then, how about in ‘everything else’?” And the speaker admitted, “Okay, but other than in ‘everything else,’ there IS SOME truth.”
…(Once it hit fifty-two degrees most of them were “outta there.”)

…..{A well looking gentleman states, “I don’t like stories that I can’t understand.” And he was asked, “Exactly what do you mean by that?” And he replied, “Say, what do you mean by that?!!”}

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{As the kid stood in the driveway, ready to trek off to city life, his ole man said, “Son, anytime you see a bunch of people all together, apparently about to act in concert — run for your life, and find another evening’s entertainment.”}

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Once new thinking begins to produce new, temporary paradigms, suggestions of the future should arise and be accorded some cordiality.

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Even if-and-when a revolutionist might ride a bus, he’d still have to go further than the last scheduled stop.
…(“That’s right, son,” comforted the ole man, “No matter how far they say they’re goin’ — tell ’em it ain’t far e-nough.”
…[For certain, (shall we say) — “unusual” minds, there is no assurance like knowing that there is none.])

…..{Mid and later-life corollary: The “convinced” die young… (at least they feel like they do… assuming by then that they do still feel.)}

…..{And a viewer favors us: “I’ll tell you what’s wrong with almost every body’s show — people don’t like to be annoyed.”}

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{One god stood and loudly proclaimed: “It is good for creatures to suffer.” (And no one there bothered to ask him in which area did his responsibility lie.)}

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{Many mornings, while squeezing his juice, this one man would say to his cat, lying in the kitchen window, “You know, Fritz, life has been good to us — maybe too good.”}

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A certain city historian-cum-critic after some study of those past men apparently involved in some unusual inner quest came to the verbal conclusion that they could each and every one be described as, “failed consumers.”

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{“Hey,” said Honey-One to his luscious partner, “why go anywhere when we have these absolutely delightful and colorful travel brochures?!!” (To which his partner — as always — added, “Hey — I know all I need to know already, Thank You Life.” …[Feetnote: You can save a lot of money, being human.])}

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Identifying himself as a regular and involved viewer, one man says, “After careful consideration of your ideas I no longer find the immediate, right-now ‘present’ that disturbing; I do however still seem annoyed by the past and the future.”

…..{Slash-&-burn, pharmaceutical side note: Many drugs, (including uncontrolled thought), have the pleasurable benefit of distancing one from the present.}

…..{And a kid asked the ole goat, “Is there even such a thing as a benefit that is not pleasurable?” And the elder said, “If there is — it’s code name ain’t, ‘The Revolution’.”}

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At the fair — over there — one guy let them “Guess The Weight Of His Brain,” and when they handed him the polaroid as he was leaving, he looked at it and thought — “My GOD! WHAT have I DONE to deserve this?!!”

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One irregular thinker noted: “Wars are just the normal marketplace for conflicts of speed.”

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{The way it’s used in the city, the term, “religious thought,” or “philosophy” is like an oxymoron turned inside-out, covered in a thick Hollandaise sauce, served with deep fried distractions on the side.}

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{And from our viewing audience comes this letter: “Hey, Kyroot: Why don’t you talk about stuff that nobody wants to think about!!” Signed, “‘I Assume You Can Recognize Sarcasm When Confronted With It’ — Yours.”}

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A man took to the speaker’s area of city park and declared, “It is easier to burn down a house than it is to build one,” and the crowd laughed while one therein said, “Hey, we got another one here what done fell off the, ‘Let’s Go In Reverse’ train.”
…(And on page six, in the C Section, a local gentleman is quoted as saying, “I don’t like what I don’t like even if it is true.” It says he then stuck out his tongue and left.)

…..{…and in a totally unexpected move, on the tenth anniversary of the appearance of the large wart on his chin, the king suddenly granted total amnesty to all who had recently overused alliterations}

…..{And a viewer writes: “Sometimes when you say ‘unrelated’ — by God, you MEAN ‘unrelated’.”}

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{…and Kyroot rhetorically queried: If men could leave some sort of “metaphysical mark” by their lives, would it be through what they did? What they built? What they destroyed? Or perhaps, What they thought? Or, might it be even beyond any notions we could name…}

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{Periodically this one guy’s head would swell, his mind go blank, and his toes turn fuchsia and smell funny; he says it’s just a temporary hobby until he can afford a better one.}

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Off camera, at a party one night, one god said that, “Being one is like being everybody’s big brother, except they don’t even know you’re part of the family.”

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{In response to the reporter’s questions regarding possible sources of what she called his “artistic angst” he responded, “From the continuing conflict between my aggression on the one hand, and my desire of social acceptance on the other, and can I look up your dress?”}

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{Recent item update: Sometimes those “with a mission” can find parking meters with time still left on them faster than any one else. …(But then again, such people can sometimes make such time become available. …[And as strange as this all sounded to the good people of City-side-ville, one little nipper heard it and thought, “So that’s why church seems to last so long.”])}

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{One man was extremely proud of himself — and justifiably so — until he realized where he was. (Moral???: It’s better not to KNOW???)}

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The aroma of an older generation said to its younger counterpart, “Remember: In those private conversations with yourself — about yourself, is one area in which there are no constraints to flattery, or limitations on hyperbole.” …(Local reality listened in, much pleased that all continued to go S-O-O well.)

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{The “Pick Hit” for Wednesday on the rebel camp’s Top-&-Bottom Top 40 station was titled, “Those Who Pay Homage To Inanimate Objects Are On The Right Road To Somewhere.” …(I haven’t heard it either so don’t ask me if it’s a comedy record.)}

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{One doctor, (who knew a little something extra), would prescribe for his patients whatever medicines and treatments they required; but for himself — he stuck with hot showers and short naps. …(His thinking to himself was, “You ‘need-what-you-need’ — but what a rebel needs is not so well established.”)}

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{One locale’s little skip-rope-rhyme: “The skies are cloudy/ The skies are blue;/ It’s hot and sultry/ And freezing too.// This may sound strange and/ It may sound jive,/ But that’s what happens/ When things are alive.”}

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{…and Kyroot noted: Only roads-without-ends can breathe freely and rest easy at night.}

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{In a secret rebel laboratory, (isn’t it fun to use such words as “secret”?!! — anyway), in a secret rebel lab they refer to time as “fractured energy.” …(And in an out-building of that same subversive complex, one group had constructed what they call a “Time-A-Terrium” in which the present can be shown superimposed on any other time segment.)}

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{And another viewer writes: “My brother says when it sounds like you’re makin’ fun of people, he don’t think you’re serious. I assume you got a good answer for this!” Signed, “A Viewer.”}

…..{And to help carry on the glorious and silly verbal tradition, the creatures of this one reality all stood and declared, “We shall NOT be fooled before our time.”}

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Modern, thoughtful minds have no choice but to reject any autopsy that reveals man as but flesh and guts.

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{Then not to be left completely out, one man announced, “I will have no fear before it’s time,” and immediately shouted — “It’s TIME — it’s TIME!”}

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Just because it works for the collective is no proof it’s of individual value to an active revolutionist.

…..{One local rebel used to like to say, “Hey, if it was good enough for my grandfather — it’s good enough for him.”}

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No matter your neighborhood, or the part of town in which you live, out behind every body’s house is “something” nasty, rotten and smelly; (and in the city many people seek positions of authority, or work to become experts just so’s they can publicly comment on this, and have some one else pay some attention.
…(And Kyroot’s imaginary literary agent added this comment: “IF Kyroot WERE the type to say such a thing, I feel sure that in the present circumstances he might want to say – ‘Dig it!’ “)

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{At the side door to the log office, a chap said that it has just recently struck him that if “having an aim,” and having your way” were the same thing — god wouldn’t have to try so hard.
…(Splinters are cheap wholesale.)}

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From our little curious view: The more you seek reassurance of your understanding of the collective’s view, the further you drift from being an individual self.

…..{…And a certain subversive tree surgeon had this little thought he kept for himself: “The majority may not always be right — but they’re still NEVER right.”}

…..{…The secretly, wild-looking-lad stood in the bus door and inquired of the driver, “Do you know exactly where you’re going?” “Why certainly, my boy,” he replied. “Then let me,” said the kid, “the hell outta here!”}

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Then it finally came down to the Supreme Question between the General and the Philosopher: “Would you prefer to be holding four aces, or two pistols?” …(and a socially conscious duck noted, “Yeah, history’s LIKE that. Quack.”)

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{After being confronted with various versions of the same theme, one king decided to simplify the matter by announcing, “Everything’s the fault of the poor.” …(And neurally-referenced — he’s right!)}

…..{And a viewer faxes: “May I — right here — have the honor of offering my own variation of a matter you recently mentioned in a Kyroot story? — How about this: ‘The dumb cause roaches’. — Huh? What’da think? …Have I got a future?”}

…..{And then another viewer quickly “zaps” us: “I sometimes think that all the ‘viewers’ you mention who react to your comments are actually representations of everyone’s own, individual mind — OOPS! I wasn’t supposed to say that, was I?!!”}

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As soon as he as old enough to have an ambition this one city kid had one: “I wanna get big and read the words of dead men.”

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{An ole sorehead in the park took control of the opened speaker’s spot and speaker-spoke: “Have you ever noticed that they have most ‘Major holidays’ only once a year? — That’s so’s they’ll REALLY seem like a ‘big deal’.” …(A young man in the passing crowd heard this, and was S-O-O tempted to try and pragmatically apply it to those extraordinary thoughts that periodically appeared in his mind, but, he was already late for class as it was.)}

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{One neural hedgehog’s latest theorem: “A categorical denial is better than no categorical at all.”}

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{One chap’s note-for-the-day: “Being able to misspell a certain word proves little.”}

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{One night while sitting alone in his tent with a cold beer, one rebel sergeant — just for a fleeting, personal moment — smiled and thought of a revolutionist as a kind of gossip monger regarding life’s private parts.}

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One day one guy suddenly had a suspicion of what was going on, but it turned out to be as fleeting as what was going on proved to be.

…..{And now this closely related companion item: One man wondered, “When I get really good at this will I be able to rip the quotation mark keys off my typewriter?”}

…..{Then a bit later, (after a long commercial break), the local God Of Rhetoric forced in his three cents worth by noting: “Sometimes you people still don’t get it: Part of the purpose of italics, quotation marks, and all capitalized words is to make the temporary seem more substantial.” …(Many priests, philosophers and poets made a mental note to be sure and send the Big Guy something real special on his next birthday.)}

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{Self-Fueling, Self Quiz — (Is there any other decent kind?!!): Line A: “There is a difference in what a thing is, and the name it is given.” Line B: “And what is that difference, may I ask?” Line F: “Just exactly whatever you think it is.” …(Line A: “I wanted to say that.”)}

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There is no future unless it is a different future.
…and then added: Thus, in a sense, ordinary men can have no future since nothing is ever different for them than it is now — and, “No difference — No future.” …(“Wow!” said one guy who overheard this and knew what was being said, “Wow! That sure gives me the bright reds, and sparkling yellows.”)

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{One guy stood in the center and said, “There’s no way to hide stupidity.” Later, to his brother he said, “Actually there is, but the truly dumb are too stupid to ever realize it.”}

…..{…a gentleman well within the borders of our demographic audience-potential writes: “I would like to go on record — in advance, right out-front, by saying that I will resent being called dumb or stupid if you should ever do so.”}

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{Over in the city, the formation of the Classicalist’s Poetry Guild has been announced. Its declared aims are to return verse to a state of “Clarity, precision, and concrete imagery,” and to see that all poets are circumcised.}

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Two guys and a frog were sitting under a tree, and the first guy says, “I wish that people who look nice were nice,” and the second guy says, “But they are,” and the first guy says, “Naw, I really wish that people who look nice were nice,” and the second guy says, “But they are,” and the frog says, “Hey, the first guy’s right.”

…..{…in graditude, one man named his car, “What Are Parables For.” …(He did, however, misspell “gratitude.”}

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{…and Kyroot relayed this item: Almost daily, this one chap was annoyed by the fact that whenever he ordered a coffee to go, they would put a top on it without asking him, when he knew he was just going to have to take it back off to add additional sugar; then one day he suddenly wondered whether life was arranged so that, even though they weren’t aware of it, people were made to do certain things that would annoy him; he stirred in a bit more cream then considered further, “What if life is arranged so that no matter what people do, some one will always do some thing that I’ll find annoying.” …(Terpsichorean tidbit: The tango, jitterbug, and slam-jam are not the most frantic steps taken on life’s little dance floor.)}

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{A sign they want to post in one city: “Even an important person’s or an idiot’s norm is nothing to sneeze at.” …(An ole man squirrel once advised his son, “If you’re ever in a place and someone says, ‘Let’s take a vote on it,’ and they’re going to mark the ballots with bullets — decline my boy, decline.”)}

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From behind a large, far away mountain came a voice, “Ready or not — Here I come.”

…..{…and Kyroot added: Free re-assurance: Whenever it comes to a, “Ready or not…” (etc.) — everybody is.}

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Men have said, “Books are the only depository of each generation’s knowledge and discoveries” thus you could look upon libraries as grand monuments to man’s intellectual prowess — or, since the inference is that without the written word, each succeeding army of men would lose and forget the acquisitions of their predecessors, you could also gaze upon literature as being a testament to man’s mental midgetry.

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A revolutionist’s Code is first in his blood, then in his breath.

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{Then there’s this one god who’s just about to quit touring the outer areas of the reality he’s in charge of; he say’s he’s just “Totally sick of all the shit he has to put up with from bass players while on the road.”}

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The too complex cannot meet with the too simplistic. …and Kyroot added: What the hell am I talking about?!!: The too complex can’t meet with the simplistic — period, forget the “TOO” simplistic. …then Kyroot be tempted to put in one more: Okay: The complex — that’s right, just the plain old, unmodified, unadorned, “complex” can’t …(“blah, blah, blah” — you take it from there, I gotta go.)

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{Since it usually seemed too warm for him, one guy took some cold with him wherever he went.}

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Remembering that you’re better — or at least, smarter — than other people CAN help some — (assuming you don’t want to be a revolutionist).

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{The Arts And Man March On: One artist strove to think up totally fascinating titles for his paintings, and when he’d come up with one he really, really liked — he’d just use it and skip the painting. …(P.S.: In case you’ve never noticed, this will work in many other than the plastic arts.)}

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{…and this note from Kyroot: Under certain, pretty common city conditions, the pretense of a thing can actually be an improvement over the thing itself.}

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{A viewer writes, “Sometimes what you say makes me laugh, but I immediately think, ‘That didn’t mean anything’: I told my brother about this and he just laughed. What’s so funny?”
…(“Yeah,” says a viewer from our last show, “Just how much damage could an army of clowns do anyway?!!!”)}

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{Admission Of The Day: “One guy had several ideas — but none of them were worth a damn.”}

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{…and Kyroot gave: The Question For The Day: Are two smaller men who’ve had mini-strokes the equal of one larger one who’s had a big one?}

…..{…And a note sent here says, “Some of what you say sucks.” …(And the station manager wants it known that quite often it’s known even where the unsigned letters come from — AND that this information is just as important as is that intrinsic to those communiques legibly signed with complete return addresses.)}

…..{Question For The Day Redux: Are two smaller men with mini-strokes the equal of one larger one who’s had a big one?: Near the city restaurant district was a man with a sign that said, “Answering Your OWN Questions Is A Trick,” and suddenly coming down the sidewalk from the opposite direction was another man with a sign that read, “And What A Trick Indeed”; they met — and merged.}

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{…and Kyroot noted: Being “Wise beyond your years” may be a good rap, but turned sideways, it could be even better.}

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(Hint up-front: This may not actually be just about the inherent problems of “Inter-species communication”): Men and animals can discuss many things, but they can not talk about anything that would be of specific value to men or to animals. (Going out hint: See what I mean?!, Mr. “In-House, Intellectual-Network,” with all your “pros & cons,” and all your “thises & thats.”)

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{…and Kyroot noted: No one has ever cried out, “My cup over-floweth” who did not mis-judge their own cup size. …(Or who were totally unprepared for the volume of the input flowing from the future.)}

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One of the regular park philosophers used his time center-stage to say, “It seems to usually be those with no intellectual leg to stand on who are most concerned about ‘putting-a-best-foot-forward’,” and before he could get off a good scoff someone in the crowd yelled out, “Well what’s so notable about that?!!”

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{Words To Live By — (If You’ve Got The Guts And Intelligence): There’s NO dummy like a revolutionist dummy.}

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{One day while the kid was away, one ole man said to him self: “Those who act like they think the most are also those who should think the most about what acting really is.” …(Later while fetching a plum from the pantry he smiled as he mentally pictured the woodpecker with a peg leg.)}

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As they prepared to bury this one king, his Prime Minister had these parting words: “Our late, great ruler caused nothing less than a fundamental shift in the way we now perceive of ‘nothing less’.” …(And in the crowd, someone paid this sotto voce homage: “Okay, now DROP THAT sucker.)

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{The city doesn’t grow up — it just grows; men don’t grow up — they just grow, stop and die; life doesn’t grow up — it just grows. …(Amongst those three lines, the revolutionist is mixed in somewhere)}

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{One man says: “Most intelligent people quit worrying about the question of ‘Freedom-of-will’ by the late sixteen hundreds.” Then one of our correspondents adds: “Really smart people quit worrying about almost everything around 5,000 B.C.”}

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{As he was showing them around the new area the salesman noted, “And a really great thing about the view here is that you can’t see where you’ve been.”}

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What a revolutionist might think is no mere reflection of reality, but more like a reflection of what the mind wants to think reality is. …(And a kind viewer kindly notes: “I do not find the above to make any sense — but then again, it’s no worse than it normally is.”)

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The creative don’t need an alibi — …and if they do — they don’t deserve the name.

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(Without going into any details), I once heard a man think, “The revolution is actually the treasure that EVERYBODY knows about.”

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Immediately upon awakening each morning — but before ever opening his eyes, this one man would mutter, “Oh god — let the wars be over; dear lord — are the wars over?; if not, sweet prince — let the wars begin!”

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To be an expert — you can’t be original.

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One new revolutionist said, “Jeeze! — it’s like all they expect you to do is, revolution, revolution, revolution.” And a buddy asked him, “Who?” “ME,” he replied, “Me, me, ME!”

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