Jan Cox Talk 0932

Words Are Meaningless Without Passion

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#932 Feb 10, 1992 – 1:00 
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Kyroot to :29. Primary Level World passion is what carries Secondary Level World maps. Words are meaningless w/o passion. Passion can make up for a vacuum of info in words. Secondary Level World maps may or may not be useful; the Neural Revolutionist must push beyond the area of use/disuse in his activities. The ultimate ordinary goal of the City: to return to Eden, never toward the future, always a side-trip, a lateral excursion w/in the Secondary Level World.


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One guy’s latest — (and he says perhaps most ultimately significant) — ponder is: “Which is funniest — fiction or non-fiction?”

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In some secondary circumstances, talk is not only all you can do, but all you should do as well.

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Everything thought is partially possible: In fact, where it’s already in words it’s already in some reality.

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{One man’s conclusion: “Memory is not kind.”}

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{And one guy thought, “How can I believe it if I don’t say it?!!”}

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The perfect doughnut is the doughnut consumed.

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In a closed-end reality, once a system reaches a certain level of efficiency some local observers will perceive it to be out of control.

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{One of the warrior vocal-bundles noted to a comrade, “The beauty of deep muscle bruises is that they don’t show and that they’re so deep.” (A city battlefield reporter sent back his first dispatch which read: “None understand blood like: those doing the bleeding, those who caused the bleeding, those who saw the affair that brought on the bleeding, and those who write home about it. Hi Mom — ten-four — 1040, over and out.”)}

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There was a man who had a little “possibility-thought” cross his mind (just to himself, don’t you see), and it said: “A real revolutionist might not believe anything he said.” (The thought noted that the word to be emphasized therein was not “might” or “anything,” but “believe.”)

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{One chap offers to share his latest definition of “tradition” with us. (It is as follows): “Tradition is the best overcoat ever made for ignorance.”}

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Religion has always provided man with the idea that change is possible even though he knows otherwise.

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{…and Kyroot mentioned: As they were changing shifts in the speakers’ area of city park, some guy jumped into the cleared area and yelled out, “I — me, myself — have concluded that in instances where the truth does not prevail, irony takes over.” (As someone shooshed him away he hollered back over his shoulder, “And a damn fine job it does too, I say.”)}

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{This was a recent letter received by the Advice Doctor: “Is unexpected behavior an acceptable substitute for surprising thought?” (The good doctor thinks that for some it is, but for those who doubt it, it’s not.)}

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There was once a revolutionist who looked upon words as enzymes to aid the digestion of the secondary world.

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One ole timer says the dreadful memory of that fateful day continues to haunt him, and that in his mind he still often sees that terrifying headline, “Two Thousand Experts CAN’T Be Wrong.”

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{One man was recently struck with this idea, “In the city there is no fresh water — it’s all recycled.”}

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In the city, self-criticism is fuel; in rebel camps, trash in the carburetor.

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{Some conditions and characteristics were talking together one day, away from man, and Cold said, “I flow downhill ’cause it’s easiest.” They all sat quietly for a spell, then stupidity said, “Don’t no body look at me and say NOTHIN’!”}

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An ole man told his kid, “If you’ve got a mind and if you feed it only from city food troughs, then don’t look upon having insecurities as anything out of the ordinary.”

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The only thing a revolutionist really knows is what he knows beyond personal anecdotes. (If what a man knows is limited to only what has happened to him, then all he knows is whatever has happened to him — which for some is not enough since what ordinary men believe has happened to them personally is but a minute perception of what actually occurred. …[Corollated Law From Another Time Zone: “Life is TOO big to take personally.”])

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Within the context of academic adventures and inter-city neural connections, an anthropologist is a man trying to visit himself.

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{One well-recognized, fully-functioning city critic notes that, “They don’t give awards for tolerance and sensitivity.”}

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In ordinary human systems what are called anomalies are actually normal parts of the system. In revolutionist conditions it is otherwise.

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{…and Kyroot noted: One of the more significant, overlooked laws of the 3-D universe is the Law Of Habit. (And even if it were seen it still wouldn’t be put in its proper place as a basic principle of physics.)}

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In great finite lands neither a sharp point nor a wily intersection can talk their way out of a circle.

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One of those sidewalk philosophers addressed the passing parade of humanity with these words, “As regards their relationship to the gods, men are of two classes: Those the deities have favored and those they have not. That is, those who believe that men can change, and those who’ve been blessed to know otherwise.”

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{A chap apparently trying to engage life in some new dance step, says he’s writing a book that will attempt to “make some sense of Nature’s sleaziness.”}

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{…and Kyroot told this little tale: A triumphant general who would be a thinker looked out across the field of battle and pondered, “What lessons can be learned from the defeated if there are no survivors?” An aide close by thought, “Yes, but what the hell can an intelligent man gain from losers anyway?”}

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To revolutionist thinking there is no question of anything until there is a question of everything.

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A fine upstanding gentleperson of the city seems to have about wrapped it all well up by explaining that inactivity drove him mad, and hard work made the final putt. …(Sister item: When you’ve “said it all,” what more can you say? Answer: “I want to live!” …[Sister-in-law query: Does anybody GET IT?”])

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Although it has long since been forgotten, garbage-disposal landfills were modeled after the human mind.

…..{…And a man deep in the heart of the city said, “If I can think about it — I can bury it.” …(Sounds kinda “neat,” but fails to take into account the question of where it originated in the first place.)}

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Over in this other reality that exists only every other hour, they have a continuing string of what they call, “The Eternal Sixty Minute Mottos” (one of which yesterday was): “Anybody that’d talk about their past shouldn’t really be expecting anything all THAT great in way of a future.”

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{A correspondent tells us that it is his opinion that humanity could make substantial leaps forward if man could just finally come up with an operationally comprehensive definition of exactly what is “stupidity.” …(Related item that may sound unrelated at first, but which could have been made to seem otherwise had Kyroot but added a little tag-line about the man in the above story): Making a parable end with an ironic twist can offer more relief than a self-freeing mouse trap.}

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{Acting as a defender, the man said quite loudly, “If it were NOT for words, people couldn’t BELIEVE anything they wanted to.” (And silently — unnoticed — many words nodded their agreement and satisfaction.)}

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While apparently under some type of “spell,” one father told his sapling, “Life is a puppeteer: You are the figure on its right hand, and every one confounding and annoying you, the one on its left. That’s it, old darling — that’s it.” …(I suppose he could have just been drunk.)

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{Another reason for the continuing popularity of confessions and protestations of mea culpa is that within the living system that is humanity such are also accepted as tacit pledges to change and “do better.”}

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{…another “Kyrootian definition”: Self-portraits are a form of suicide that never quite finishes the job.}

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To help compensate, whenever this one guy’d make real dumb decisions, he’d wash the car, re-wax the floors, and vacuum the house from top to bottom. …(And if all that didn’t put things back on an even keel — he’d call his mother.)

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{A suddenly appearing sign in one man’s backyard: “There are WORSE things than conditions.”}

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Another pleasant surprise in the “economics-of-the-revolutionist-approach” is that if you think about it now you’ll still have to think about it later.

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One academic (perhaps on a good trail) said he wanted to “study history” not to learn history, but to discover why men made up such a thing, and what it really is.

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{The Verse-Master rhapsodized: “A man with a brain can explain anything.” And someone in the audience asked for clarification, to which he responded: “One rhyme at a time.”}

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You remember that chap I recently mentioned who didn’t care much for movies after having seen one? Well, he later had a follow-up comment: He said he believed he’d just pass on seeing any more of man’s theatrical productions until he’d gotten real life “straightened out.”

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{Partial transcript of a discussion held near one large city: First Speaker: “Although some ideas do seem to hold inherent wisdom, I still say that men who need ‘Words to live by’ are in some manner flawed.” Second Voice: “I can understand why one might say that, for there are men who do not seem to want any sort of verbal direction, but you should further note that such men are not living the fullest life possible for them.”}

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In the secondary world the simplest, most efficient form of intellectual seduction is the giving in to that which you know could have raped you anyway.

…..{…and a particularly curvaceous city mind cooed, “How do I know you REALLY love me? — I’m not cut and bruised!!”}

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Just to keep it all on the fair-&-square, in some places life arranges itself so that things are more simple and direct than the spooky believe, yet spookier than the ordinary generally imagine. (Fair, fair — square, square — spooky, spooky — so there, there.)

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{A guy looking at shovels in a hardware emporium said to a clerk, “Another good thing about having no charm is that you can’t ever lose it.”}

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Perhaps the preeminent example of the human concept of “faith” is in evidence when someone says, “I believe that the comments just made will explain the matter to most people’s satisfaction.”

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{And in a “combination offer” mixing together how things might could be, how things are, and other variations of the same basic themes, Kyroot proffered the following for your inspection and consideration: “A revolutionist lives by design, the ordinary by hormones…… …(and nothing wrong with that.)}

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{“Yes,” admitted the visiting physician, “a mountain range can be in robust health while harboring within unruly rocks and pebbles — but of what use is this information to the likes of you?”}

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The way to “tell the future” — (even the past) — is to be able to tell the present. But, that’s right, I mean the plain old, everyday, unadorned, unadulterated “present.” (Where ordinary prognosticators and historians run awry is in looking in the wrong directions.)

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{…and Kyroot noted: If someone develops Road Tar flavored ice cream, SOME one will order it. …(P.S.: Only those of limited taste and vision would find this reproachable.)}

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{And from a viewer comes this letter: “While I have enjoyed your shows I do feel that you may be too quick in what I perceive to be your blanket dismissal of the hermit’s life. Might you reconsider your views?”}

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{One man would never say “although” when he could just as easily say “while.” …(At least he never failed to do so while he was alive.)}

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Looking down on the village below, the king thought, “There is no civilization without the introduction of individual street addresses.” (Some of you may recognize the appearance of discrete thought lurking about in his Grace’s words.)

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If it is the thinking of the collective that drives your actions, then your memory of them is not personal and individual.

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Another law applicable to the city which no one over there knows about, cares about, or even misses, now that it’s not gone: “Things that can apparently be rendered more complex through talk can also be made more silly.”

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{Over near the financial district a man confided to a complete stranger, “I suppose that ultimately the educated class’ greatest contributions to civilization will be seen as the development of literary criticism, ballroom dancing, and inflatable dolls.”}

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{One guy, sitting in front of the tv, playing with the remote, said to his bud, “You know, with the sound cut off all the news reporters look the same.”}

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And yet another tip to help you save time, money, effort, or anything else you have to waste: The horizon over which things disappear is also the one over which things A-ppear.

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A certain old city sorehead says he looks on progress as little more than a form of revenge directed toward him personally.

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For your ears only: Men are inclined to believe their escape attempts are more significant than they actually are. With the ordinary, this itself is of no particular consequence, but you might find it useful to remember.

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The man with the Whisper Stand down in the alley was today sotto vocing the following: “Is not man’s greatest glory his inconsistency?!!”

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{During the thirty seconds allotted to the featured speaker he stated, “Man’s intellect has its counterpart in the natural world in the rain forests.” (Later, over coffee, he admitted that he wasn’t at all certain this was the final word on the matter, but merely as far as he’d gotten with it.)}

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{The ole man told the kid, “Lad, you do realize that as long as rats can explain being rats they’ll remain so?!!” …(One strange guy over in a strange land strangely thought, “Boy, it’s bad enough being me without having to reaffirm it!”)}

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In combats far beyond the physical, the Declaration Of War is likewise the Announcement Of Surrender.

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In the city, Life apparently continues to offer ideas that are ill timed to those ill prepared. (In a related manner, the revolutionist may see himself as receiving info that at first seems irrelevant, but then begins to glow and please like a radioactive topless dancer.)

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A history that does not include death, or extreme personal inconveniences, is incomplete.

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The fact that people can’t ordinarily help what they do could certainly serve to debilitate you — BUT, if it is known and you still struggle on, its reality is somehow altered.

…..{…And someone inquires to the Advice Doctor: “Dear Sir: just what is the difference between a ‘revolutionist’ and a total idiot?”}

…..{…At one time hippos swung from trees by their tails until they realized that men couldn’t accept this fact and still call them hippos.}

…..{…Once upon a time some men called their thoughts, “Hippos.”}

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Some of the interconnected bounty of words is that a man can be much pleased over his own descriptions of Rome without ever actually going there, and then another, hearing of this, can then enjoy his own verbal condemnation of same. (Gamey Footnote: The mother of all win/win situations was words.)

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All systems are relationships.
…and Kyroot added: Even while men are still led to think that “verbs improved” would be nouns.
…then Kyroot continued: At the even less developed level of imagining gods, while men describe them as singular, separate, and somehow apart from their creations, they also unperceivingly characterize them as deceased.

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{Speaking as one, the people of this one village said, “Just because change is possible is no proof it is desirable.” Momentarily they looked at themselves and cried out, “Where are we FROM?”}

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The constant, relative imbalance of the polarity of the talking end of the human nervous system IS its health and potential.

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When some of one man’s older, collective-based thoughts began to gang up on his younger, fresher ones the latter declared, “Beat me up or do whatever you must — it doesn’t matter. I came here to be a rebel — not a sissy.”

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Those who do not learn from the anomalies are doomed to believe they are them.

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Life will tolerate almost anything. …(A couple of side items: Those who passionately dislike this idea may safely ignore same. Those who find it immediately promising may delete the word “almost” inasmuch as more complex sight reveals that all systems perforce, accommodate themselves.)

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A man who heard of this continuing genetic sub-growth we call the revolution said, “I won’t believe it until I see it with my own eyes and even then I won’t believe it.” (Which is not only “fair enough” — but is so fair that it couldn’t even be put any better.)

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Everyone goes as far as they can. The ordinary believe this point is reached within the first several decades of their life; the danger for a revolutionist is to think that it ever occurs.

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