Jan Cox Talk 0933

The Closer to Reality This Thing Gets, The Less Attractive It Is

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#933 *** Feb 12, 1992 *** – 1:48 
Notes by TK

Kyroot to :31. All maps are “problematic”—filled w/ uncertainty, on the horns of polar choice: pro and con. This is the nature of all collective info; it may or may not be useful. The only useful map to the Neural Revolutionist is one made up by him. It is only the original and creative that is anywhere. The definition of true individuality: a neural location beyond self-reference. The antithesis: telling WKOGYA (what kind of guy you are)  self portraiture.

Epilogue from 1:08. Consider the Kyroot: who would work and save to buy something that didn’t apparently cost anything? This Thing is not free from the same requirements and restrictions of any other genetic growth in Life’s Body. All forms of “spookiness”, mystery/glamour have been stripped away from This Thing now and causes a lessening of attraction to it. Some tend to drift away. When the distance of mystery is gone all that remains is action. The closer to reality This Thing gets, the less serious it seems, the less attracting to would-be Neural Revolutionists.


The News

Present life is so devised that many feel they’re not getting anywhere unless the bus recurrently breaks down.
…(While it is true that all new construction is followed by some refuge removal….)

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A man says he once thought he was “rebelling” but now thinks he’s drowning.

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The truly ordinary are those who don’t want to get better — at least not at the expense of their familiar “ordinariness.”

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{Sitting on a bench, one of the ole city park soreheads spat toward the creeping shadow of a statue of a famous person and mused aloud, “Have you never noticed how slowly time moves when others are having fun.”}

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One guy got most of his ideas through mail order; in that way he could better forget where they came from.

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To help clarify the matter, one ole man told the kid, “As regards the many uncertainties, possibilities and ambiguities life seems to offer, just remember — you’ve got your choice — assuming that you have a choice.” (The lad found this particular rock slide a bit trickier than most in that the ole man emphasized no one word in the sentence over any other.)

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On a tree by the lake at a rebel camp was a carved sign, “Prayers for relief bring their own grief.”

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The mind of this one reality finally just up and declared that it found “recycled info personally insulting.”

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Just before the next bus pulled out, the driver turned to the passengers and said, “I understand that none of you know where we’re going, but so’s you won’t feel alone in your uncertainty, life has provided traveling companions for you who are equally ignorant; for your convenience they may easily be located — they are the ones who will be offering dogmatic descriptions of our ultimate destination.” …(One survivor of the wreck looked about his life boat and thought how much friendlier and cheering it seemed now that there was more than just one leak in the raft.)

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In a certain section of this one city it is considered extremely impolite to try and “help” a man who has an armload of proverbs.

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To be sure that he was fashionably correct, one man would wear no clothes that he had not worn before. …(I’m sure I speak for all of us if I say that we have no interest in, or intention of, thinking about this matter in any manner beyond its haberdasherian implications.)

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When the king is marine the subjects all paint themselves blue.

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One of those speakers in the city park recently favored the crowd with this observation, “So far as I can see, man’s march-of-intellectual-progress remains best marked by his continuing inclination to attribute malevolence as the motive of all who disagree with him.” …(As befits one fleeing the shadow of irony, he quickly left before any could voice their discord.)

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In the “ill” that many consider life to be — everyone receives free treatments.

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The instructor said, “Vultures follow only the strong.” And a student-lad stood and asked, “Don’t you mean they follow only the weak?” And the professor tapped his head and replied, “Ah, yes, I meant to say, ‘Follow only the strong hunters.” (Several in the class were struck, surprised and informed by this.)

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During a not infrequent, intellectual “tight squeeze,” one man reacted in what seemed at the time to be the most promising manner by lifting up the skirts of his own mind and declaring, “Not with my wife you don’t!”

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It is said that one reality would sometimes let some of its creatures speak the unthinkable — but only if they’d immediately laugh about it.

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In a rebel camp one day, a revolutionist said, “One of the best things possible is not to want anything.” And at that very same instant, over in the city, a man referring to the same situation called it the “worst thing possible.” ..(A “Post-Contemporary Variation” for those of you who wished you still didn’t live here any more or less than you do: “Not-to-care” is both a joy and a tragedy — according to where you live.)

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From that alley way, concealing the Whisper Man, came this subdued message, “Psst! — A man-on-a-mission is not that far removed from ‘He-of-weak-kidneys.’ Psst! — pass it on if you like.”

…..{…and an attentive viewer asks: “As regards your several comments somehow comparing men who believe they’re ‘on a mission’ with mundane body functions, is this based on the possibility that men would not press on with their lives in toto — certainly including the intellectual — did they not believe they had no more choice in the matter than they do as to whether they will relieve their bowels or not?”}

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{Then one guy said, “I don’t need no ‘humblin’ experiences’ to remind me of my humanity.}

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A little kid, (least he looked like a little kid) used to hang around the physics lab at City College and sing, (in a little kid, little grating, sing-song voice), “Oh, our minds, our minds, ain’t nothing but vines.” (And then on Thursdays he’d take his show over to the Botany Department experiencing the same degree of welcome and success. ..[Oh, I almost forgot. He had a kid brother, (least he looked like the other kid), who would sometimes come along on Friday afternoons chanting, “All our needs are found in weeds.” — (What a pair! What a pair!)])

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{…and Kyroot noted: Over in one city, the publishing houses, in an effort to promote “full literary honesty” require that all authors do their work in the nude.}

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{One guy said, “Being nice to fools’ll get you no where.” (He then happened to glance in a mirror and added, “Jeeze — I wish I hadn’t told me that.”)}

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{After analyzing the fiscal and physical costs of what city people thought of as the “metaphysically extraordinary,” the consultant concluded in these three words, “Levitation is under-priced.”}

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There is a way to “explain everything” on an individual level that not available on the collective one, and that is — in response to what ever, any one says, you say, “You’re right.”

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And yet even more rewards of a limited life lived in a finite world: surrender can be a form of victory. …(If this at first seems too cryptic then rip out your own lesson from the routine complaints of city soreheads and critics who unflaggingly bewail their perception of the continuing triumph of stupidity and vulgarity. …[“See,” said an ole man to a kid, “You can learn from a train wreck, you just gotta know where to look.”])

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After they had climbed for a while, the guide mentioned to a few of the explorers, “Without some continuing feeling of turmoil and frustration, many who start this adventure eventually lose interest.” …(Later that day, over some hot cocoa, one of the group thought — “God that’s weird!”)

…..{…The ordinary can want to change to please a god, or to alleviate a fear; what reason has a revolutionist?}

…..{…On another mountain, over herbal tea, another adventurer mused, “It’s surprising how many will happily plunge into a pitch black tunnel until they discover it’s not going to hurt them.”}

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{…then Kyroot relayed this story: “A story of a king who drew little sketches on dollar sized paper, and the people began to collect them and use them as money; and how the king then thought how the drawings he’d kept for himself, and that he now wanted to use as his own currency weren’t worth any more than anyone else’s; …or a story where it was; …or a story where at first it wasn’t, but then he made it so; …or a story of a king who wanted to make use of a story like this, but just couldn’t seem to get it to jell.” End of a story.}

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{Left alone for the weekend, one kid up and thought: “Well, if you’re going to just stand there and not cough — what’s the sense in even breaking your ribs?!!” …(His ole man is due back Monday.)}

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Re: the rule that: “To be an expert you must be able to ignore the obvious,” do note an important operational corollary, to wit: “To be an expert requires that you also be able to treat the obvious as though it were not so.”

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Imaginary conversation, Part Seven Thousand, Six Hundred and Forty Blah-blah: First Sound: “The intelligent attack only the weak.” Second one: “Who else they got?!!” …(Yet another normally overlooked talent of the mind over, for instance, the solar plexus, is that it can take a direct body blow and never even notice it. …[“Hey,” then said a third voice that slipped in, “Why do you bozos think we’re called ‘Thinking creatures’ in the first place?!!])

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By the by: That chap I mentioned recently who doesn’t seem to care much at all for man’s movies and other dramatic efforts has added one more comment to his verbal collection; he says that as far as “acting” goes that it’s rather pitiful to see men trying to pretend to be something else when they can’t hardly even be what they are.

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{One city said, “Hey, you look serious — you must be from around here.”}

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In an attempt to bring some fresh air into the congress that was his mind, this one chap would make all of his “thought-legislators” who were about to vote together, stand together on one side of the room and hold hands.

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A “Two possibilities” play: If the future looks dark, you’re either ordinary, or, you’re seeing the future.

…..{…and a query is queried: “Shouldn’t there be at least one more possibility?”}

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The speaker in the park proclaimed, “To a blind man all colors are black.” And a man in the assembly cried back, “To a blind man there are no such things as colors.” And the speaker responded, “Reign back, sir — you attempt to ‘play words’ with me.” To which the man replied, “That — apparently momentarily escaping your memory — is what brought you here to begin with.” And the speaker responded — “Ah HAH!” (And all was well again for a spell.)

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{Coming from the examination area, the voice could even be heard by those in the waiting room: “No sir! — I shall not be placated! — Not so long as I’m alive.”}

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An older star told a younger satellite, “It’s hard to know what you’re doing if you don’t know what you’re doing — unless, of course-o, you’re a big-boy enough to know that you don’t know what you’re doing but it works all the same; and since you won’t be discussing it with anyone, nobody will ever know the difference anyway.”

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{One city entrepreneur, in a fresh attempt to combine aspects of both man’s more mundane and artistic possibilities, is advertising his Wagner School Of Eighteen-Wheelers — where their motto is: “If you can sing, you can drive the ‘big-rigs’.”}

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Few attended the lecture, but even fewer were expected to; it’s title: “The Mind-&-Bodomy Dichotomy.”

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Another pleasing “blast from the ole double-barrel:” The revolutionist journey is actually the only free trip in life…And the only one that costs every bloody thing you hold dear. …(And the scared, combined mystical spirits of Remington and Winchester cried out — “Boom, boom, and we just love it.”)

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A man taking out his garbage said to his neighborhood postal carrier, “I cannot — sad to say, but cannot, personally take life seriously as long as it allows biographies to be kept with the non-fiction.” (Cans over here — rinds over there.)

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One man’s conclusion for a Monday: “The trials and tribulations of the secondary world are quite often constructed of steel reinforced, cotton candy. … (By Tuesday he was already doubting the legitimacy of such assumptions, and was asking himself, “What doeth it profit a man if he gain relief, but breaks his teeth.”)

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{At that new city bus stop a man said that he’d come to the conclusion that trying to study your mind with your own mind is not unlike trying to get urine samples from geese as they fly.}

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One man labeled that time segment of the day subsequent to him arising as, “The Intense Comedy Hour.”

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Just so you won’t ill appropriately feel as though the end may be near — or has even begun — let me note that even after there’s “Nothing to prove” there’s always something left to prove.

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If what you do has a hole in it, finding flaws in where you do it does little good.

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{…and Kyroot continued: real shame has little to say.}

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As the evening grew warmer they opened up the french doors, and the ten o’clock speaker had the following to say, “Governments are like the brain of man’s body-politic.” And an ole sorehead attending the meeting unilaterally arose and responded, “Point of order: I say more like a tumor on such a brain.”

…..{…And a viewer sends along this message: “Speaking as one-who-should-know, let me say in the matter regarding ‘tumors’ that there can be worse things than a mere growth on the brain. Sincerely,” and so on.}

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{…And Kyroot mentioned: There was this one man who in private referred to his own brain as, Gumdrop: he says he does so only because it makes him so mad.}

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In finite universes everything lives side-by-side, except for those things on parallel tracks and those so far apart as to stand back-to-back.

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Near the large tire factory a certain city observer tells us that now, since he has begun to get a “real handle on what life is up to,” that he’s sure that “when the time comes,” pawn shops and recycling centers will “be the last to go.” …(And in response, some members of a recently disbarred Greek chorus, standing in a dumpster, said in unison, “Well we feel much better!”)

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In the city was a man who would shout, “Bring on the horses! — Bring on the horses!” Then follow it by crying out, “Who brought on all these horses?!!” …(Is that the way of all intellectual-flesh or what!!)

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{One old city-timer told a young associate, “Remember, my boy: when periods won’t help — commas can save your life!”}

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When the pronouncement was made that, “A man with a house full of relatives is never alone,” there were two responses: one said, “What’s so bad about that?” And the other said, “What’s so great about that?”

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Laying out in a ditch by the side of the highway, waiting for a large cardboard box to come by, a gentleman thought, “Hey, why all problems and questions? — Huh? — It’s all pretty simple: if people really did “know where they’re going” now they wouldn’t be on a bus in the first place, now would they.”
…(“Here, boxie, boxie — Here boy.”)

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{One day, looking over his local domain, one reality mentioned to the creatures, “I don’t much care what you guys think as long as you don’t take it seriously.”}

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{Heretofore unknown historical chamber pot, (haven’t we about used up the word, “footnote?!!!”): it has only been within the last fifty-one hundred years on this world that the mind — I’m sorry, I mean that kings have allowed themselves to be used in metaphors and parables.}

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As long as men believe that words are insufficient, they will be held captive by them. …(Some insightful jurists investigated, then declared, “Forget the courts — real justice is out here on the battlefields.” …[And several, (kind-of), dead people added, “We could’ve told you that.”]

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One dimensional info is not info at all, and the two-D stuff is hardly anything to write grandma about.

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As they would come over the dunes onto the new area of the beach, the swimmers were met with this friendly sign, placed prominently for their convenience: “What could be more natural than to put on all of the clothes you own and figure that if YOU don’t know what’s going on — NO ONE does.”

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{…and Kyroot delivered today’s medical update: hormones do speak, but since they have no tongue — they use yours.
…(After certain events and uncoverings, this one universe used to shout — “Surprise!,” until it quickly realized how upsetting this was to the little creatures.)}

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After weighing the wages of collective thinking vs. some other possibility, a certain young man had a brain that had a thought that went as follows: “Being on salary won’t keep you warm, but a bi-daily dividend will do you no harm.” …(Soon right before and/or after the autopsy, the Chief Examiner wiped his blade, wiped his lips, and confided — (strictly off-the-record, mind you) — to those interested parties that had gathered, “One of the more unfortunate aspects of ordinary, healthy human mentation is that it seems to offer little in the way of reward whilst one is still alive.” …[A shudder, of some kind or another, ran through the assembled.]

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One guy’s own little trick is that he immediately assumes that the first level of everything is metaphorical and then behind-and-after that lies its reality.

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One, so involved, thought of the revolution as: “Pushing the possible to the edge of disaster with no back-up plans in sight.”

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During a severe and unusual storm one rebel said to his own partner, “Only a very few people can actually make this journey, and unfortunately you’re one of them.

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As the plane circled the field for the forty-ninth year the captain said, “No, the answer’s still no; if I can’t land ‘er no one can!”

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A viewer writes: “I used to watch your show, and sometimes it made me laugh; then I decided it made me laugh too much. I’m going to stop watching.

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