Jan Cox Talk 0928

The Collective Must Ignore the Obvious

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#928 Jan 31, 1992 – 1:15 
Notes by TK

Kyroot to :22. The obvious must be ignored by the expert and the collective. E.g., an expert pronouncement that larceny is committed by the poor, or that the rich control the wealth, is accepted by the collective intellect as profound, discovered truth rather than just obvious as hell. The expert is the least original; he is the first to pick up on the latest catch phrase (e.g, “too little too late” and “jump-start the economy”).

Epilogue 0:55. The more Secondary Level World sophisticated you are, the less you feel the old Primary Level World warmth; you feel an alienation from the Primary Level World herd companionship. It is the reality behind the allure of “cults”. Be aware that such need is part of your connection with This Thing, but that it cannot be profitably promoted in the Group.


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Yet another uncatalogued treat of the secondary, city merry-go-round is that no matter how hard you chase a horsey, it’ll chase you right back just as hard.

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In certain areas, having nothing to prove can actually prove a lot.

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The only enterprises that prosper along this one highway stretch of reality are those that advertise “Last Chance For (whatever).”

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{Though local conditions are such that most cannot admit it, almost everyone enjoys being held captive. (There are few things in ordinary life as sweet as the sensation of safety.)}

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One chap who specialized in keeping personal “Notes Of The Obvious” put this in his pad: “It’s much easier to be a triumphant smart-ass and smell good when you’re alone.” …(In one area of his life he was able to be pretty nonchalant, in that no one ever tries to snatch away his notes.)

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{Although on city farms, neither men nor his beasts ever actually “grow up,” in the revolutionist’s world a matured chicken becomes an egg.}

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The significant requirement for becoming an “expert” bus driver is the ability not to recognize exhaust fumes.

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One day, one guy thought, “Surely one of the differences between the ordinary and a revolutionist is that one of them doesn’t have to pretend as much as the other one.”

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Once in bed, just before he’d close his eyes, one king always reminded himself, “The end can’t be near or someone would’ve told me first.” (Query: Is the sleep of fools better than that of everybody else? You betcha!)

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Repetition in the primary is alright; repetition is to the primary world as efficiency is to the secondary; repetition is to the primary world as crudeness and unproductivity is to the secondary. …(An ordinary mind heard this and said, “Hey, go figure,” and a subversive one replied, “I don’t have to.”)

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The civilian rich like to say that those who can measure their wealth aren’t actually wealthy — and same, too, for a rebel’s thinking.

…..{…part of the trick is to be poor where it counts.}

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{One man wrote the Advice Doctor: “Sometimes I think the secret is to `never forget where I came from,’ and then two days later I think just the opposite. I don’t actually have a question, I just wanted to write you.”}

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In the secondary city they play many songs, and it would do you no particular good to know the exact number — just remember that they play enough so that everyone will find several that they truly detest.

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{When he would enter tunnels with signs directing: “All Cars Must Turn On Their Headlights,” this one man would outfox the powers-that-be and save the additional drain on his battery by simply driving with his eyes closed. (Anyone who thinks you CAN’T “out-smart” the collective is a fool; those who continually try to do so are a fool’s brother-in-law. …[“You see, lad,” said ole Farmer Armor, “the whole point to `letting sleeping dogs lie’ IS that if you DON’T — they ain’t `sleeping dogs’ any more, and you’ve ruint the whole parable.”])}

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{Down by city park pond one ole timer spat between his teeth and said, “All religion went off on the wrong track when they quit thinking of god as the `Supreme Spider.'”}

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One man advised his son thusly: “As regards questions truly personal and unique to you — when it comes to `asking the experts’ — don’t.” …(Some years later the young man thought, “Yeah! If what the collective knew was worth anything, they’d BE me to begin with.”)

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{…then this Kyrootian report: In the everyday battles between rebels and the civilians on their home turf, there isn’t really much of a battle.}

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{…and Kyroot noted: To pass some time, one guy wondered, “What do you offer a man named Penny for his thoughts?” …(As per his insurance carrier’s request, one chap undertook an inventory of all his possessions — except for one room, [said he] — “I ain’t going in THERE with no notepad and flashlight!”)}

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The mass-produced models all know where they are; the creative know better.

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Looking out on the living, but non-human world, one man thought, “Well at least one advantage we have over animals is that we can pretend we know what we’re doing, and they can’t.”
…(Will it make YOU feel any better for me to tell you that that made HIM feel better?)

…..{…and a viewer not completely asleep-at-the-wheel shouts in — “Hey, IF the primary world COULD pretend, it wouldn’t BE the primary world any more, now would it.”}

…..{…I hate to do it — but: Some disappointing sports news: The primary world will no longer play, “Gotcha”
…(But, then again — it never DID.)}

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{A man on the sidewalks just outside city park who’s been peddling cheap jewelry out of his coat pocket says he’d LIKE to get into “selling immortality,” but he doesn’t know who the wholesaler is.}

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Once he began to fully appreciate what the revolutionist life was all about, one young trooper thought, “Having good ideas isn’t enough — you’ve got to have really good ones!”

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It does no good to hide from life if you can’t also get life to agree to hide from you.

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{One guy cautioned himself, “The danger of writing down your important thoughts is that you’ll lose your notebook.” (He later became his own Historical Era.)}

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{And the ole story teller said to the assembled: “I know in advance that some of you aren’t going to like this, but most of you got in here with comps and discount coupons anyway, so never mind, here it is: On one world, reality awards men with speculative solutions, speculative awards.”}

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Whenever they were out of High Test Premium, this one guy’d run on irritation.

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People usually talk about themselves either to make themselves look good, or else to make themselves seem flawed — and what use does a revolutionist have for either of the two.

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There is a VERY good reason they won’t ALLOW squirrels to ride city busses. …(In every system’s Saturday is something from Friday that would be disruptive; — [Also from next Monday].)

…..{The Obviously Insistent: If life didn’t want things to be just like they are, it wouldn’t have given men calendars.}

…..{At a relatively early age, one young man realized after his study of the human systems and protocols that: “You can fool the king, the priests, and even your mama, but you CAN’T fool your mama and your offspring.”}

…..{Some time later, the young man’s even younger brother thought, “Even if life could `out-smart’ itself, it’s far too intelligent to ever do so.”}

…..{Upon hearing all of this, these two young men’s father (who was now deceased) suddenly comprehended: “If you can’t think about it, you can’t do anything self-destructive.”}

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Ofttimes those not dancing wish someone would hold a gun to their head and force ’em to.

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To help spot trouble makers early, one king directed that his ministers come up with a urine test for the mind.

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Once men get tired of the primary world, they invent the secondary; and once they get tired of the secondary, they want to go back to the primary.

…..{…and some cells listening in inquired: “Does this again have any application to all of man’s culture, history, religion and art? Or should we be quiet and let `The-Man-Who-Keeps-Notes-Of-The-Obvious’ take care of us?”}

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{And this letter into the Advice Doctor: “Sometimes I feel aggressive and hostile and sometimes I don’t, and it seems to be tied to the way I feel; is there any cure for this without having to spend a lot of money, or go out of town?”}

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{…oh yeah — Pertinent update: As regards the real battle between the ordinary and the revolutionist — there AIN’T one.}

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If the pursuit of ancillary courses actually taught anything about original sources, then experts would know what they were talking about, and not be left to be simply “experts.” …(On the southeast side of town a man said, “I ain’t gonna eat at no free buffet that’ll advertise its existence so that the likes of me might hear about it.”)

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{One of the park philosophers yesterday had this to declare, “There are electrical fields, magnetic fields, gravitational fields, playing fields, and even a butcher down the block named Fields, but that doesn’t prove that all of the games are the same!…..DOES IT?” (Based on his inflection, I’m not positive that his concluding query was rhetorical…are you?)}

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One man was so well fixed that he kept a Murphy Bed of ideas just in case unexpected guests should drop in.

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You must first fully appreciate the fundamental importance of words to properly take them lightly.

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When chickens look to chickens for leadership, all remains well in the barnyard — (but nobody’s going on any long trips, I can tell you that).

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After being exposed to some revolutionist ideas, one man’s mind told him, “Say look, even though what we’ve been thinking may not get us anywhere, at least we understand it, and it doesn’t make us sick.” …(In most sections of the supermarket, what else can you ask for.)

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{One man longed for a travel brochure that would say: “Beyond Self-Reference — Beyond Self-Reference: Come With Us Now — Beyond Self-Reference.”}

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One man in the village began to ask some of his neighbors, “Would we prefer to be ruled by a strong king, or a smart king?” and they all replied, “Do we have a choice?!!” …(When you can only see a system move in one direction — No.)

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{One guy’s take on the matter: “As long as you just think about what everybody else is thinking about, you’re freed of that kind of responsibility, and can take off eating and fighting your way to happiness.”}

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{And a gentleman writes to the Advice Doctor: “In the realm of man’s singular, intellectual activities, why are things divided into the Arts and the Sciences? And why then are these divisions further divided into sub-categories?” (He also wanted to know why the Advice Doctor had two different mailing addresses.)}

…..{Standing right on the very height of the generator, the Head Engineer looked far down the line and said, “A current that doesn’t recognize its own mama ain’t going far.”}

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After his initial intellectual urge to explore, the “bunker mentality” becomes man’s normal mentality. …(Note: The latter was his proper state before he could speak, but now serves him less than optimally.)

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When something “bad” happens and a person thinks, “I just got what I deserved,” they’re not thinking. …(Under similar conditions a revolutionist would leave out the word “just,” and several others.)

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The man with the Whisper Stand in the alley near city hall whispered to me as I passed: “If you talk about any one thing long enough, you’ll either begin to understand it, wear it out and lose interest in it, OR force it to go out and get a job, and a place of its own.”

…..{…and Kyroot noted: Although visible history seldom records it, more kings and priests have been killed by words than Smith & Wesson have little liver bullets.}

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One man would accept less than optimum reception for the sake of saving wear and tear on his expensive new antenna.
…(A man living on a fixed income says, “If this has something to do with the human mind rather than a radio, I just don’t want to think about it, if you don’t mind.”)

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{A correspondent passes along this info which he says has been of some value to him: He says that no matter what you count, or how high you count, there’s always “two more.” (He says the important part is in the “two,” and he’s sure you’ll understand what he means.) Moral to an earlier story: The future would not be interesting if those who believed predictions of same actually believed them.}

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{As the ole man encouraged the kid’s creative activities, he made but one verbal note in their regard: “Whatever you do — don’t become an expert.”}

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One guy’s solution seemed simple: “If I don’t want to think about it — I don’t.”

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{One man had many different areas in his own body, and one day he leapt from a tall structure, crying out, “Ah yes, you guessed it — I’m EVERYbody!”}

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When no one was looking, this one man would stick out his tongue at the king. Sometimes when he was alone he’d stick out his tongue at the king, and sometimes when he was alone he’d even stick out his tongue at pictures of the king. And when the day came that he became king and understood what it was all about, all of his past efforts became worthwhile.

…..{…and a whole family of viewers writes to say that they “still don’t like it when otherwise funny stories suddenly seem to be about them and their brains.”}

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Rejecting the ordinary keeps you one.

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{…and Kyroot told of one ole rebel sergeant’s advice: “No matter where you’re captured, no matter who you think caught you, and no matter why you think you were captured — as long as you do think you have been caught — silence is generally the best course of action.”}

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{…and Kyroot noted: Relying on derivative, ancillary sources suppresses creativity; it does help stabilize ordinary collective life, but it does little for a revolutionist.}

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{While the ordinary want to discuss whether “this-or-that” particular bullet is fatal or not, a revolutionist just tries to stay out of the way of meaningless gunfire.}

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When they would get close to new fields and could almost smell the freshness, the neural patterns of this one man’s mind would try and cry out, “Cut me a’loose — Take me to the bridge — Do SOMETHING!!”

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A viewer writes: “Sometimes when I hear one of your ideas that makes absolutely no sense, I’m sort of frightened and suspect that it might make all the sense in the world.” Signed, “Tingling But Tempted.”

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{…then Kyroot said: Question: What is the difference in a good copy, an acceptable copy, and an excellent copy?
Answer: In a rebel’s contest, they’re all booby prizes.}

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The sun never sets on an active mind’s day.

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{The roadhouse that was this one reality moved itself onward by the fact that since it couldn’t afford a jukebox it put in a band. …(The record at the E-16 slot is entitled, “Anyone Who’d Decry The Derivative Would Step On Their Own Mama’s Foot.”)}

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Most people discovered an unusual, personal pet when they were young, but then let it grow up to be them.

…..{…and a man wondered, “Is that why every time I whistle, I’m tempted to call out, `Here me — here me — come on boy, over here.'”}

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{…and Kyroot finished: Once certain information gets in the system it is extremely difficult to get it out.}

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