Jan Cox Talk 0950

Life’s View–Correctness of Thought Not Important, Only Thinking It

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#950 Mar 23, 1992 – 1:00 
Notes by TK

Kyroot to :33. From Life’s view (but not man’s) it’s not a matter of whether what you think is true or not, but just that you think. Speech is the 4th “S”; thought/discussion is an energy flow required by Life from man.


The News

In the city the complex can be explained — but not the simple.

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One guy wanted to renegotiate his contract with life, which — him even thinking of such a thing — duly impressed life.

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…and Kyroot noted: One man’s last words were, “I don’t WANT to go.”

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“Remember,” swept the mighty cry throughout that universe, “only an IDIOT would quit doing that which hurt him!”

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…then — just about now, as a matter of fact, Kyroot said: And now for our “Optimistic Thought For The Day”: To be a pessimist you must be alive.

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…and Kyroot noted: If life were actually some type of warfare, and if the abstract revolution was an extreme form thereof, then one of the rebel’s maneuvers should be to get the opponent to sponsor him.

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Most everyone had the urge once — but most everyone got over it.

….. …a god put in temporary charge of one local reality said that his favorite word was, “most.” (He says that it covers all that need be said, while yet giving nothing of value away.)

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In the wonderful world of intellectual travel on secondary roads, many people, as opposed to an uncertain destination, would apparently prefer a guaranteed head-on collision.

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One man decided to make a complete list of everything he could possibly think about.

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One man used to tell his mind, “Hey, don’t try to comfort me.” And in response his mind would think, “Fat chance!”

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During one of the frequent debates twixt physics and emotions, the latter turned the subject to music and said, “The difference between a major key and a minor one is the difference between happiness and sorrow.” To which physics countered, “The distinction is between a natural third and a flatted one.”
…(“A-h-h-h,” sighed local life, “the pleasure of both the infection AND the pain.”)

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A surly speaker in city park last Sunday addressed the afternoon throng, “Anyone who says, ‘We, as a people, are at a crossroads’ should be made to stand in the middle of one.”

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A revolutionist HAS no intellectual loyalties IF they lead to agendas.

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…then Kyroot offered up an Update of an earlier one — apparently whether you asked for it or not: All problems are caused by ANCESTORS trying to help. …(The management believes that many did NOT seek this elaboration.)

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One man had some plaster geese in his brain…..no, I mean in his yard….no, I was right the first time — in his brain.

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If you think you should “probably leave your mind alone,” you probably should.

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Taking the young nipperwhipper into the back yard, his ole man told him: “Information they’ve already hung-out-on-the-line-to-dry is already too bleached and faded to assist the likes of us.”

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If you live in a totalitarian state you’ll never know it.

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Since there were no after breakfast mints to serve the young troopers, the old rebel sarge gave them this, one fine morning: “You can either look like your genes or else resemble how you have taught yourself to think. And — oh yeah! — everyone is first-off, gonna look exactly like their genes.”

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…then Kyroot mentioned: One guy’s description of ordinary men’s memory of their ordinary lives: “The extraordinary recollection of the patently forgettable.”

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If you’re not at least partially embarrassed by what you do in the city, you’ll never be able to properly defend it.

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Standing next to the marks on the door frame in the kitchen, one man took the full measure of himself by noting, “You are not truly civilized and secondary until words can take pre-eminence over actual experience.”
…(Back straight,
Chest out;
Pigs be proud
Of their snout.)

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One chap says he has but a single metaphysical guideline in life which is, “Never undertake a spiritual quest on a bus.” (After intense scrutiny he admitted that this was not his “guideline” for life, but merely something he’d once said.)

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…and Kyroot observed: Any king worthy of his abstract name keeps a ventriloquist’s dummy seated in his lap.

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And a correspondent says: “What if I did take your suggestions and began to think about stuff that I didn’t really have to think about? — what would that do to all the really important stuff that I should be thinking about?”

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And now for ole Bear, Bull & Beaver K.’s daily stock market report: First city says: “That which is futile can still be fun.” And his metro bud replies, “Say, you’ve come up with a new definition of the secondary world.”

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Since it takes two ordinary people to think, some revolutionists might secretly be hermits.

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Sometimes, when alone, rather than going to the bother of thinking, this one man would make secret hand gestures. …(Some years into the future he will also claim that all sentences with the same number of letters mean the same thing.)

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…then Kyroot read from, “The Big Blue Book Of Midway Science Fiction Scriptures And Fairy Tales”: “Whenever he’d find himself thinking about something he didn’t want to think about, there was once a man who would bleed some of his hormones into an envelope, then seal it up and sit on it until they’ll begin to bite his ass, and then he’d exclaim, ‘Ah — here comes the spotty horse and my old friend the swan.'”

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One man said that when it did come time “to go,” that he looked forward to the extraordinary possibilities.

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As regards men and solar systems, the difference between blood and stardust is that they both contain molecules that think.

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One day, while not havin’ nothin’ else to do, one revolutionist spent one or two split-seconds reviewing his life, and thought, “You know, I don’t have to seek revenge — I AM revenge!”

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In celebration of the centennial of its founding, one city told its citizens: “If things could be explained they would be
……….and — if they were — you’d all be dead.”

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…and Kyroot relayed this rumor: Standing near the university’s Med School and Mental Health Clinic was a man crying out, “There is no such thing as ‘therapy’!” Then pointing to the traffic signal at the adjacent intersection, concluded, “Only the yellow light between the red and green.” …(Is said that within the following three weeks near 20% of those studying psychiatry switched their major to Urban Affairs.)

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A chap with seditious intellectual business in mind advised his partner, “Discount goods — but never services.”

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Now from our Cortical and Social News-Watch: When it comes to “Things to think about,” everyone has an “A List” and a “B List.” Everyone quickly disposes of their A List.

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…then (slyly disguised as a message) Kyroot sends you the following message: As long as you still have something “serious” to talk about, you still don’t know what’s actually going on around here.

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A rebel’s Household Tip: If you’re going to do some home improvements, don’t call in someone to give an estimate.

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An interested viewer thought, “It seems like this mental revolution thing could actually be called instead an intellectual ‘Renaissance’……….except that it’s not…….but then again, it’s not a revolution either.” …(I suppose it’s possible that he then wondered why he’d brought the matter up in the first place?!)

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The reason advice between men is so readily available is that life permanently marked down its cost on the eighth day of creation.

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One guy comforted and guided himself by the reminder that, “Even in the best of mortal worlds, on bad days automatic transmissions can go back to being stick shifts.” …(He further says that “Faith” is something you might name the little bobbing dog in the back window of your car.)

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The caption of the handbill he offered was, “Symptoms Of Being Ordinary” — the rest of the page was blank.

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Once the city was put to bed for the night, one ole man took the kid up on the roof, sat them both down and said to him, “Everything — Everything that’s ever happened to you was meaningful, significant and poignant — Okay?! — now FORGET IT!”

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Don’t bother to look for evolutionary dead-ends “out there,” in life; it would only be any in you that could be profitably confronted.

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…and a friend of Kyroot’s said: From secondary tongues, all “absolute facts” are pathetic.

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To the revolutionist’s mind, the proof of everything is obvious.

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Back and fresh from his vacation, the Whisper Man has this late greeting for all who pass his alleyway: “The great thing about ordinary memory is that if it fails, it doesn’t really matter much.”

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When it came to the everyday, necessary secondary connections through which ordinary men communicate, one rebellious chap had a simple motto — “Don’t answer the phone.”
…(When it comes to the thinking-of-the-collective, the ring is as good as the potential message.)

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On one planet a man’s attention span is measured by his hat size; some of the creatures object to this arrangement, but not enough to be of concern to the atmosphere or powers-that-be-be.

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At certain times this one man would say to himself, “Don’t be a simpleton,” and his self would think, “Boy, talk about your waste-of-words!”

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Anything a rebel already knows that he learned from the city is like a visiting relative with a head that died eighteen years ago who’ll try and stay with you forever. …(A man who resembles himself is f-a-r too spooky to be a mere coincidence.)

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Without words, there IS no wonder or awe to the primary world. …(Upon hearing this, a man with a brain, living in the primary world said, “I should probably think about this.”)

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“Hey, don’t fight it,” advised one rebel D.I., “if you were born you were issued-a-card; I know it’s sticky and you can’t seem to throw it away, but, hey, just don’t use it.” …(And a viewer inquires: “Is it just my imagination or do the people in your stories say ‘Hey!’ much more often than your average person?”)

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Part of the power of cliches is that it allows ordinary people to amaze even themselves with the speed at which they can think and size up a situation.

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No one with talent is ever a censor. …(Those with the least of a personal secondary life are the most active in wanting to regulate that of others.)

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…and Kyroot asked: Why worry about escape if captivity is illusionary?! …(Then, disguised as his own partner, added: “What WILL that boy ask us next?!!”)

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As it turned out, this one man talked to the out-of-doors — No, not Nature — the out-of-doors.

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Heard in the hallway of the university was this comment, “The insouciant are attractive to the obsessive.” And another voice came asking, “Did that come from the Physics or Psychology Department?”

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On every bus is yet another bus, which is why so many people feel safe in saying, “I believe I’ll just get off here,” since they know it’s not at all possible.

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A revolutionist shouldn’t drive a bus.

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And there’s this one fellow who now says that he’s as sure he belongs in this as he is that he deserves the nose he has.

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Just before the afternoon break, a speaker at the meeting said as follows: “The question as I see it comes down to this: Are we to allow circumstances to dictate what we think about — or shall we turn our active attention to thinking about our circumstances.” …(Although no one solicited my opinion, they can’t stop me from noting to myself that the above idea would play proudly even at an enzyme convention.)

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Every time he’d try to think for himself this one man would imagine that life said, “Watch it, bozo, or ‘I’ll take care OF you!'” …(Imagination is a wondrous thing to waste on the ordinary mind.)

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In one rebel camp was a sign posted (over near the sunshine tree) which said, “Existence MAY be more than you bargained for.” (And below which hundreds of past troopers had scrawled the response, “I certainly HOPE SO!”)

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…and Kyroot noted: A viewer objects thusly: “How do we know that hormones themSELVES are not critical by nature?!”

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As they pretended to be out in the yard horsing around, one subversive styled ole man said to his kid, “If you do feel ‘badly-about life,’ at least you’ll never be lost and have to wonder where you’re at.” …(“Gads!” sighed the trailing preposition, “It’s S-A-D to feel sad!………Gads!”)

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And one incendiary thinker (Playing Smith & Dale to his own Abbot & Costello) thought, “I shall accept NO praise before its time.” — (then added) — “It’ll never be time!”

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After the sunset-of-the-past, and the calming-of-the-present, the revolutionist’s question then is — Will I provide for a more complex future?

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Straight lines and stardust are incompatible.

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You haven’t’ actually lived if you’re not more complex than your ancestors.

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Just outside of town, yet not too deeply into the bushes, is a chap who says he’s thus far divided his life into two segments: The first was to “Look for examples EVERY where,” and the second phase was to ignore all examples.

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One fellow, as he began to think he was getting smarter, refused to try and speak for anyone else. Then — as he actually got smarter, he quit even speaking for himself!

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In a rebel’s life, anything that was once a help can become a hindrance.

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Once all the animals are fed, the king can sit down and ponder his meal. …(A man then observes: “This sounds like a most excellent commentary on the evolution of man’s thinking and talking nervous system.” …[And Kyroot thought: “Not excellent enough, or I wouldn’t have had to make-up YOUR follow-up observation.”])

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One guy decided to compile a list of all his regrets in life; he decided he’d start on it tomorrow…….or maybe next month….

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It’s the chemistry that knocks things over. Thoughts come later and say, “Hey — who did this?………Hey, I KNOW who did this.”

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…then Kyroot remarked: Still another thing that ordinary thought can never comprehend is that to a revolutionist mind anyone else’s advice or knowledge is literally useless, and this has nothing to do with humans.

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All things human have two purposes: Its stated purpose and its purpose.

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While off on an imaginary hike, the sarge sang out this cadence to the troops: “Although most of you should realize by now for yourselves, I’ll go ahead and put it in words so that you can put it behind you: The unspecified aim of all religion, philosophy, and drugs is for a participant to think more than he did before.” …(They all recognized the success of such approaches, and each understood why they were in rebel camp.)

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Anything that can be divided can be divided again; everything in the secondary world can be divided.

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As he waited for something to happen, one guy’s rebellious mind thought, “The whole CONCEPT of ‘gradual’ is just an excuse to slip therapy and collective decision making into the life of man.”

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The organic nature of secondary life is such that all ideas and institutions that live long enough will become a parody of themselves.

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In more complex future areas, businesses will not take a name that has anything to do with what they’re involved in.

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Monday’s “Ponder-Hint From Kyroot’s File For Wednesday”: A revolutionist might be happy over the fact that there’s no particular reason TO BE.

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“Truth” in the primary world is action; in the secondary, thought itself.

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If you hear more than two people in the same circumstance in the city say, “Listen, they’re playing our song,” rest assured that it’s NOT Stardust.

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A rebel’s knowledge is never local. …(Okay, so much for the “con” rendition — now the “pro” view: A rebel’s knowledge is always universal. …[Okay, so much for the chit-chat: Why does the mind so readily expect the first version?!])

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…and Rev. Kyroot noted: The ultimate fear of death is the fear of ultimate ignorance.

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…and Kyroot observed: The true revolutionist realizes that his own life is not exemplary of anything…….at least of anything worth the bother of talking about.

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Some begin to suspect that the stairways are NOT the proper place to hold discussions.

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While psychology and mythology investigate the parables regarding men attempting to slay their ancestors, a more complex thinker well knows that whenever given the opportunity, his progenitors would have already done him in — and properly so!

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In the new goo fields only voices that can’t speak have anything of value to say. …(And of course, justice-always-prevailing, only the near, non-existent revolutionist can hear them.)

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Verbal descriptions of stardust are brakes on an Indy racer.

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…and Kyroot noted: Yet another difference between the revolution and ordinary life is that the former HAS no history until it is dead.

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Now settle down, it’s time for our “Conversation Fragment Of The Day”: First voice: “Anyone who CAN swim should WANT TO swim.” Second one: “But EVERY one has the potential to swim.” First voice again: “Yeah, that’s WAY too vague.” Second voice: “NOW you’re learning!”

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…and Kyroot gave out with: The Rebel’s Reminder Of The Month: What the revolution is to you — you are to life.

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…and for your shopping convenience Kyroot noted: Ordinary thinking is just like the living neural revolution, except dead.

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And a guy asks Kyroot, “When you use the word ‘dead’ do you mean what people ordinarily mean, or what?”

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From life’s view — but not from man’s — it’s not a matter of whether what you think is true or not, all that matters is that you DO think. …(And now we take you to the opening lines of a new play based on the above historical incident. The first actor repeats the above: “From life’s view — but not from man’s — it’s not a matter of whether what you think is true or not, all that matters is that you DO think.” And the second actor replies: “How can you possibly attempt to speak for life, and say what ITS views are?!!” And the first actor says: “I don’t have to; the evidence is right before you — (that is) — the fact that everyone DOES think.” To which actor two replies: “Yeah, but part of what’s there is not true!” Then first actor says: “And there IS your final proof.”

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And another guy asks Kyroot, “When you say ‘thinking’ do you mean the same thing as I do?”

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In a certainly unusual fashion, the revolution can ONLY preach to the converted.