Jan Cox Talk 0941

Righteousness Is Ignorance

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#941 Mar 2, 1992 – 1:10 
Notes by TK
Kyroot to :42. This Thing is about energy running things, like physics; it is the attempt to get people to look in more than two directions at once. And that attempt gets either of two reactions: annoyance or confusion and lost interest; laughter is the subtle adjunct to the first two. The Neural Revolutionist is serious on a non-polar basis. True humility is a sign of intelligence rather than spiritual superiority. Righteousness is ignorance.


The News

Under ordinary conditions, a man who thinks he’s ill believes that the treatment should be as serious as the sickness.

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After the court decided that the award would be divided, the award declined to participate.

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A dog that will growl at himself will never want for a secondary yard.

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In one mental city the stop signs were painted flesh color — (to make the humans feel right at home).

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One day a couple of brains were talking and one of them said, “Hey, why sweat it when hormones are gonna do all the work for you anyway!” (They both nodded, and bopped on down the line.)

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{Once he was found out, one guy changed his name, and as is so often the case on fairgrounds like these, another man was found out after changing his name. Moral: Only the gods can change names with no consequences — and they never do …they don’t have to …men do it for them.}

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If they have nothing personally to talk about most people have nothing to talk about.

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When he’s in the mental city a good revolutionist doesn’t mind that they “put one over on him” now and then — that is, ordinary people pretending to be serious about something, and him tripping up and taking it so momentarily. …(“Wow!,” thought a little neural bundle, “the joke’s on WHO?!!”)

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A visitor to one planet left curious over the fact that there creatures could become famous simply because of how much they were disliked!

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{…then Kyroot noted: Life needed a locally superior creature; Life needed a creature dumb enough to work for that which it already possessed; Life made — (let’s all say it together now) — MAN! …(And predictably, several of the self-same creatures objected to the story. …[And what better gauge OF superiority and stupidity than predictability.])}

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{…and Kyroot noted: Many a shortcoming can be lengthened by posing. (The city looks after its own.)}

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Probably man’s most popular, though uncredited, form of self-defense is seriousness.

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At the Surprise Art Festival in one city, the proceedings began with a speaker declaring, “We will have no original paintings.” He was followed by a man who announced, “There will be no original music.” Then someone said, “We will present no original dance or poetry,” and concluded by shouting, “Welcome to the city!”

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{During a combination “Nature Appreciation & Bathroom Break,” the driver of one bus told some of the passengers standing around the edge, “Along this particular trip there are two distinct places where you can feel aggressive: One is where you don’t know what you’re talking about, and the other is where you do, but others don’t appear to realize it.” He took a quick spit, looked off at the distance and added, “I know I said ‘two distinct places’ — but looking back, they’re not all that different at all.” Motoring Moral: Life — and its genetic agents — naturally do whatever is needed and prudent for its own self-protection, however it may cloudy seem to those merely passing through.}

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{And a correspondent writes: “Just think — if we weren’t all weak, ugly, cheap dunderheaded knock-offs, there couldn’t BE the revolution!” — (May we all join in and sing a quick verse of, “How True, How True — Thank You Jethro, How True.”)}

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In the Three-D Hall Of Mirrors all who enter can be kings: In a finite land of thinkers all who live there MUST be kings.
…(And one little neuron asked another, “What chance do WE have?” And his bud replied, “None! — other than to neuralize.”)

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{…and Kyroot told: On this one world when the purpose of life was apparently revealed, some of the people said they wanted it out of them. …(On this planet many people already say this without knowing its meaning or even that they have said it.)}

…..{…Punch always forgives Judy; Punch is never embarrassed by Judy; Punch is never insulted by Judy; and Punch is never in conflict with Judy since they became aware of their relationship — or should I say, kinship.}

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Near downtown, one of those sidewalk hotheads was haranguing passersby with these exact words, “Okay! — if we’re ‘all in this together’ then why are SOME of us in it more than others?!!”

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{According to the myths of a universe far, far away, when the gods found a creature getting too grasping and pretentious, they would not destroy him, merely subject him to ridicule. (According to the myths of this world, there was once a man who wanted to deal with himself in a like fashion.)}

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{…and Kyroot mentioned: One man kept trying to remind himself, “There ARE no smart alecks in the Emergency Room. There are no smart alecks in the Emergency Room.” Sometimes his hormones would let him remember this, and sometimes they wouldn’t.}

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In the intellectual world, if it were easy to shift gears, there wouldn’t BE any gears to begin with! …(No gears — no progress; No breakdowns — no progress; No cul de sacs — no thoroughfares. …[Query: Does a revolutionist have a different automobile, or does he just ply alternative highways?])

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{In crude kingdoms the king thinks of himself as the only real person, and everyone else as a mere statistic. …(Census note: There are more such kingdoms than not.)}

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{…then for your kind inspection Kyroot offered this New Question: “Does every sport — including the revolution — need its own cheering section?” Jeeze! WHAT a QUESTION!}

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{…then Kyroot scooped up the curio flavor-of-the-day: If you take the hostility out of most humor what you have left is something that’s not hostile or funny. …(Over in Galaxy Gamma Seven-Seven-Four, on the Ole Sorehead’s Planet, the first lesson the children get in kindergarten is to sarcastically repeat in unison, the phrase — “B-I-G deal! — BIG deal!…..”)}

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{…then Kyroot observed: If the lions’ primary defenses had no more depth than does man’s secondary ones, jackals would be the king of the jungle.}

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{A certain city instructed its young thusly: “There are two ways you can be embarrassed: about how you look, and about what you know.” And a child asked, “What is the determining factor, Dear City?” And it answered, “I guess it’s according to where you live, my boy.”}

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{And from our illusionary, ad hoc audience comes this letter: “All of my life I’ve been pretty hip, satirically inclined, objectively critical, intellectually chilled-out, and not all that easily fooled or taken in by anyone else’s ideas. And although I can’t really say that I presently understand exactly what you’re talking about I am pretty sure that I — me personally — wouldn’t be taken in even if I did……….You see what I mean?” It was signed, “Fairly Sarcastic, Yet Still Curious.”}

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The man said, “I am a cult leader and these are my followers.” And the people standing there pointed to him and all said, “We are a cult leader and he is our follower.” Then life decided to say something…….

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The rebel historian told some young troops, “Without bus stops humanity would forget where it’s going.”

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In this one god’s reality, every body had a bad attitude — he SAW to it!

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{…then this from Kyroot: He thought he heard noises out in the bushes, just about the time shoves came to be pushes: new data coming toward his house while he’s a’waitin’, making its approach, steady, but not blatant. …(And the city cried out to everyone — “Welcome to your own back yard!”)}

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{…and Kyroot looked again into unrecorded, secondary history: Before man invented the wheel he concocted doubt that it would work.}

…..{Another “Off-The-Books Private Quiz Conversation”: Quiz-master: “Do all new things arise from doubt?” Contestant: “I don’t know — you tell me.”}

…..{…and an alert viewer thinks, “Hey, that’s obvious enough: Without uncertainty there can be no certainty.
………(Hey, I wonder what I win?…..)”}

…..{…but then to further compound the complex, an even more alert viewer thinks: “You know, that may be a part of the revolutionist’s trick — that there IS NO WAY from here to there.”}

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To himself the prince murmured, “To royalty, what fate deals compares little to hormonal happenstance.”

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In a place where one area surprisingly met another, a notice appeared that said, “Will swap philosophy for pickup truck.”

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One subversive ole man told his kid, “In reality, being humble is not being righteous but rather, intelligent.”

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{…then crying, “en garde,” Kyroot lunged forward with this one: Thrust: What is the inspiration for a rebel’s mind? Parry: The desire to BE inspired.}

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{And this letter in to the Advice Doctor: “Dear Doctor: What is the difference I feel in watching animals just being themselves, and seeing humans perform and display some talent?”
…(The Doctor, TOO, thinks this may have something to do with where you live.)}

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{…then Kyroot gave this thumbnail history of one man: At first he saw the difficulties as being “without.” Then later he perceived them to be within. Then even later he concluded that neither one alone made any sense at all, so he quickly ran back through the journey — (while he waited) — to see what he’d missed the first time.}

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In secondary arenas, in one sense you get beat up whether you go into the ring or not; whether you mean to go into the ring or not; whether you think you went into the ring or not…

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Even the most well traveled city-ites still love home grown vittles; (even mental genes look after their own).

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{…then Kyroot noted some ante and post-bellum protocol in certain city circles, (say they): “You got to dance with the one what insulted you.” …(Who can ever forget those lovely words from the “Pugilist’s Polka”: “Fist to jaws, noses to gloves: we cling and dance, with those what shoves.”)}

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What men call culture is genes trying to flag a bus.

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{On a young world in another solar system they have a nursery rhyme that goes: He fights kingly battles in his mind/While soiling his diapers at the same time;/He is loud and he is wild/He’s thirty-eight and all among us. …(In certain galaxies it’s impossible for a planet to develop without mirrors, while on others the opposite is so……..Whatcha gonna do!)}

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One man’s personal, inspirational dance-hymn was a ditty he called, “Data Won’t Change You But Chronos Will Turn Your Hormones Around.”

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{One god seemed to have settled the matter for the moment when he announced he was going to dye his hair and leave town.}

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{…and Kyroot remarked: A man with no concern for the proper unknown is no revolutionist.}

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One king’s Court Jester thought to himself behind a curtain, “Ah, the too-sweet justice of it all: You can kill a thinker, yet not make a murderer say, ‘What ho?!'” …(Oh yeah, this reminds me, the Advice Doctor wanted me to mention a letter he received recently that asked, “Just how close IS irony to insight?” …and by-the-by, the good doctor has always been of the opinion that the cerebral cortex IS quite near the eyes, of those creatures who have two.)

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{And a viewer writes our show: “I don’t see where you get off taking all these swipes at people being serious, for from what I can understand of what you’re talking about there wouldn’t BE anything such as your ‘revolution’ if there weren’t people involved who were super serious.” Signed, “Sincerely,” etc. (Sir, you could be right.)}

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One guy could kinda talk himself into being depressed any time he wanted to. …(Do SOME guys have all the luck or what!)

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One man discovered his talent; another man worked for his, and a third man was born with his. All three are brothers of the mother.

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{…Then Kyroot read from the book of Subversive Fairy Tales: “Once in a mythical land far away, a man inexplicably got caught up in a revolutionary tornado and later said, ‘I didn’t mind so much having my hair all messed up, but I do wish it’d left my mind alone.'” …(P.S.: A pretty common complaint.)}

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In neural games, good sports always lose.

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One of yesterday’s park philosophers informed the crowd thusly, “A man who staggers-through-life is seldom asked to drive the steamroller for a second time.” …(Well personally — MY feeling is that that’s what you GET for being IN a crowd in the first place.)

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In certain super-hooper lands, even the truth can be found being uncomfortable with valid ridicule.

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{…and Captain K. logged in this notation: On secondary seas, after routine wrecks, about the only way to stay warm in ordinary lifeboats is for each survivor to continually recount his personal history.}

…..{…Is it possible for an ordinary yeoman to look at his reflection without becoming upset? Is it possible for anyone to look at the future of the intellect and see it ….and see it without becoming annoyed?}

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{…and Kyroot related: There was one subversive sort who declined a city “intellectual transfusion,” saying he feared picking up some kind of hostile platelets or hormones in the process. …(And in an unrelated item: One man’s claim is that it is “better to die naturally stupid than fashionably so.”)}

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And on the eighth day the god of the bus terminal said, “And the day will come when some will become vegetarians and fake being humble.” (To those standing nearby he added, “And those who already are will try and cash in on it.”)

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Sitting on the back steps on a warm summer morn, one kid mused aloud, “It’s hard not to be melancholy when you know you’re dying.” And his mother responded from the kitchen, “Your father used to say the same thing about living.”

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Most of the ordinary blame their circumstances. The revolutionist must look — no, think, elsewhere. Okay, some of the ordinary even include their heredity in the blame, and yet, the good revolutionist must still look onward.

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To help keep the city the city, a man was given the position of continuing repainting the faint parking space lines over in Uncertain Park.

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{…and from the continuing files of Contemporary Sports Anthropology Kyroot offered this excerpt: “Ofttimes those who consider themselves the weakest players turn out to be secondary team All Stars.”}

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{The man with the stand — you know, back in the alley way, the Whisper Man — well, his latest message to the passing world is as follows: “A man with all the answers still may not find those with the appropriate questions.”}

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{…then Kyroot said: And then — and then — and then there was this one man who called that little special spot in his brain, “the Baby-Place.”}

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To go “indefinitely” to “no where” is more than a trip.

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In a lucid moment, not long for this world, one man referring to his thinking said, “I seem to have a propensity to continually re-invent failure.”

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{Contemporary City Entertainment Guide: Those who live inside their head, feel a certain kind of dread, for those whose sight seems only aimed without. …(Addendum: Some people should fear themselves more than they do others …that is — mental rebels.)}

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{The man peddling his book promised the crowd, “It will answer all of the many, many question you have about life.” And a chap answered back, “Nay, I have but one — What was life thinking about when it gave me these hormones?”}

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{After several long days and nights without any threat of torture, one man finally confessed his secret, personal motto: “It’s hard NOT to take life “personally” while you’re alive.”
…(On some bandstands this is known as, “Cold comfort for wool-blend hearts.”)}

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{And from our Penal Note Pad: Escape from a prison is tricky, whose walls are of Spandex defined.}

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{He told ’em to put on his tombstone, “He Was Never The Same After The Accident,” and THEN up and didn’t die.}

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{…and Kyroot conveyed to us: One ole city sorehead’s Thought For The Day: “If life was mentally certain in what it was up to then it wouldn’t have given us synonyms, different languages, or alternate spellings — now would it?!! …(Those who live by railroad tracks perceive rationality to run in only two directions; they can only feel assured when a train speeds by either “this way” or “that.”)}

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From the Revolutionist’s Guide: If talking about it seems appropriate to the mood you’re in — you’re in an inappropriate mood.

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Those with nothing personal to defend will defend their race and culture.

…..{…When men have nothing worthwhile to protect they’ll safeguard their bus stops.}

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{Near the big intersection the two brothers would often stand with their matching signs which read: “Life Is Too Short To Have No Talent.” And the other one that said: “Also, Too Short To Have No Interests.”}

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{…and Kyroot noticed this for you: Humor can be both a weapon AND a de-fuser……which makes it kinda tricky to use as a weapon. …(“No, no,” screamed the prisoner, “hang me from any where but the funny tree!”)}

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{A guy in city park stopped an ice cream vendor and said to him, “Things that don’t mean much don’t seem to mean much, but then men will go to making a big deal out of this until they start seeming like they mean a lot.”}

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New Myth: Every time the king thinks about himself a peso is deducted from his account.

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{…then Kyroot said: One revolutionist finally noted: “That which is your singular love can’t then be your ‘favorite’.”
…(One ole man thought, “If me and my kid ever understood that together we might have a fighting chance.”)}

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While theft, death and fraud may take place among the passengers, the plane may still be making good time and be on schedule.

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{…and this recount from Kyroot: One guy says, “Sometimes life sure can be cagey.” And another guy says, “Life can afford to be.”}

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{Tonight’s Travel Quiz: How do you best get from here to there? Answer: Only a tar baby can come out of a bout of self-defense looking none the worse for it.}

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{More untethered conversations floating around, brought in for questioning: First guy: “A man with nothing-to-prove can prove nothing.” Second guy: “How then’s it gonna go with a man with something to prove?” And the first guy gets up and goes to the bathroom.}

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{…then Kyroot passed along this: One guy’s current conclusion: “Man’s secondary world runs on nerves — and just BARELY on THAT!”}

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Man’s study of himself — as done presently — is the tossing around of mathematics in a dark, closed closet. …(On every bus line ever known there have been those who at least once wondered why the trips always bring them back to where they started……but not enough to upset the natural scheduling of things.)

…..{…Companion note: If there were “primary bus lines,” men still wouldn’t know about them ’cause they’d run off out of sight — never to return. …(And a tiger and computer programmer both said, “We knew that — now that you’ve told us.”)}

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The Code of the primary world is: Kill or be killed. The Code of the secondary: LIVE or be killed. …(The Code of the revolutionist would be: I have no choice.)

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The mythology of one other universe says that they had a “God Of The Secondary World,” who wanted all the creatures to think — “but not T-O-O much, mind you.”

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{…then onward, pressed Kyroot’s words: The history and genealogy of every city citizen is such that each person believes there’s at least one particular thing they wished they’d never heard.}

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There was one good rebel who would fondly remember those who’d most recently insulted him, since they continued to help him use and redefine what was an insult.

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{One guy said that his “mind made him sick,” and his pituitary gland wiped the sweat from its brow and said, “Whew! Close call!”}

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{A correspondent writes: “When I first started following your show I thought it was serious with a cover of humor, but then I began to believe it was nothing BUT comedy. My question’s now become — is there a view available of this affair beyond even THIS?”}

…..{…and Kyroot noted: Intellectually, it is those with the least to lose who fear most a loss.}

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{…then Kyroot continued thusly: To not have to think beyond the last passed bus stop is many men’s notion of the ultimate payoff.}

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{…then Kyroot conveyed this little vignette: Licking its lips, one revolutionist’s mind said, “Ahh — overkill, the minimum meal.”}

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{…and Kyroot said, “I don’t think all of you were listening close enough last time — so: If you try to get people to look in more than two directions they’re inclined to go blind or get pissed.”
…then after some pause Kyroot added this: “Okay, I think I better give you guys the Senior, Wrap-Around Version: If you try to get people to look in more than two directions, they’re likely to go blind, get mad, or else laugh, and none of these predictable results ordinarily prove profitable.}

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{After many years of study and research, The Study And Research Man told all who showed up to listen: “I have come to the conclusion that there are several aspects to life.”}

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{…and Kyroot commented: If a revolutionist can’t take the worst possible news he’s not ready for the good stuff.}

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Once, after a lengthy stop, the bus driver addressed the passengers, “I want all of you, who ‘what-you-know’ is strictly anecdotal, to reassure the other riders about how the aging of hormones doesn’t actually hurt.”

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No revolution can become popular without the near-certainty of self-inflicted wounds. Alternate Version: Ah hell! — No revolution can become popular and still be a revolution.

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{…Kyrootian note: There was this one neural reality that about decided its own goo fields were poorly served by any bolts that were not either positive or negative charged. …(In three-D locales, there’s a lot of this going on.)}

…..{…”Ah, but yes,” Kyroot then added, “But there was also this other reality that once said to its mental creatures: ‘You may swim in your own juices, or drown in them — OR, do both and become one of me.'” …(And, “Ah yes, P.S.: It can prove most unnerving to have reality speak to you — that’s why men usually end up thinking it was god……..or that they’re going nuts….or easier yet, that they’re going blind and just made a mistake.)}

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The young rebels on another world concluded that the next necessary trick would be to be able to think without “thinking-to-yourself” ABOUT yourself. …(And even beyond the immediate surface of this one you might further reckon that a most profitable talent would be to always BE a “young rebel.”)

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{…and Kyroot recounted this episode from the history of one place: In a fit-of-progress the people of one city cried out, “Should we lose weight?”, and the metropolis replied, “Yes.” Then they loudly implored, “Should we gain weight?”, and their homeplace replied, “But certainly.” Then they beseeched, “Then should we work harder, or rest more?”, to which the urban-one responded, “Most assuredly.” But throughout it all — they STILL didn’t get it.}

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Those who cannot continually re-invent themselves find the revolution a most elusive affair.