Jan Cox Talk 0952

Life is Co-existing, Simultaneous Impossibilities

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#952 Mar 27, 1992 – 1:00 
Note by TK

Kyroot to :31. Life is co-existing, simultaneous impossibilities.


The News

In the city there are two ways to be silly: To appear to be serious, and appear not to be.

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Many like to imagine there are “invisible structures” controlling the life of man — since the ones they can see make no sense.

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Then one man proclaimed, “Life makes everybody happy! …No it doesn’t — it just made me say that.”

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In an attempt to raise his station in life, one man, instead of having personal opinions, had a country and western band.

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As it turned out, the final game was played to decide — once and for all — the difference between motivation and irritation.

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…and Kyroot noted: The human mind is given to often think, “There are powerful forces at work here.” And once certain things are seen you realize that the powerful forces are the human mind.

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One chap, having no motto, no personal theme song, and no rallying cry to live by, adopted this idea to his bosom: “A man-with-a-secret might be your friend; a man-with-a-secret may be all who is capable to be.”

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To be original is to be naked and free.

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…then over the Big-K p.a. came the announcement-cum-pseudo-“Final Call”: In the land of the intellect, the only reason buses “go” ANYWHERE is because they don’t GO “anywhere.”

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The advice of one ole man to his kid was this: “Always blame the non-present — and if they’re not available — blame the nonexistent!”

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The less you know, the less you need to know.

….. …one man — Hell, one whole universe — could be made to feel better just by being told to “feel better.”

….. …some things that don’t make sense can still be made to go together… Hell, look at the alternative. …Hell, look at everyday life.

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…then Professor Kyroot wrote on the board: In those chemical reactions unique to man, amidst the pretend is always the real, and amidst the real, always the pretend. …(Later, appearing now as the Lab Director, Kyroot added: “If a man grasped the full purpose and consequences of his invented concepts,’real,’ and ‘pretend,’ he’d have little else to reach for.” …[K. then dressed up as a janitor and swept himself on out of the building.])

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One man says, “Sometimes I find it so hard to think that I never do.” …(Although no one is exemplary of anything, in the city, everyone is of everything. …[And a viewer who doesn’t like any of this says, “I dig it! I dig it!”])

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One morning just as day began to break, a man said to himself, “That song you’re a’singin’ ain’t nothing but the sound of me.”

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A king not in collusion is not a king for long. …(In all mental kingdoms, the “collective” survive by collecting themselves together.)

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…and Kyroot presented another chapter from the continuing, continuing, always continuing saga of “How Life Works”: They cut the grass at five in the morning because that’s when it grows the fastest.

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One of those neural unionizers, when he was between floors, in the stairwell alone, would sometimes sing to himself,
If you don’t think
you can’t stink.
…(Personal-care note: The purpose of human institutions is, in part, to act as an intellectual deodorant.)

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…and this Kyrootian Update: Only revolutionists join the revolution; revolutionists were the original model for the statue of “Fairness.”

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…and Kyroot presented some more: “Double Barreled Thinking From The City: (Which Is The Minimal Amount Allowed)”: First thought: “Sins forgotten are sins no more.” And second one: “Yes, and that’s why man has such an extraordinary memory.”

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Offering up, as required by custom, his annual commentary on the nature of finiteness and local reality, this one god had this to say: “Warm weather’s of little benefit if it’s real cold.”
…(Some of the creatures favor some type of new custom.)

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As regards the collective concept of reality, you can’t be cooperative and be a revolutionist. …(“Oh, sure you can!” said the city, as we all agreed that rational wisdom is nothing, if not predictable.)

….. …fashion update: The only true idiot is the revolutionist. …(“Hey! Shoosh! All you impostors keep away from me!”)

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When life seems gratuitously to permit you to see something “obviously significant,” you can be pretty sure that it’s not.
…(And an alert viewer responds, “I just hate that ‘sometimes-logic’ of the IL-logical!”)

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To be original is to be naked and free; to be original is almost impossible.

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In city park, in the area given over to public speaking, a man strode therein and spoke publicly thusly: “The development of each man’s mind replays the evolution of our universe.” And in disgust, walked away a chap in the crowd mumbling, “Damn! And I had to be the one to miss the Big Bang! Damn!”

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…and Kyroot observed: The really old, forgotten myths at one place said that originally, at least just once, everybody “had the urge,” but then either — got over it, got distracted, decided it was foolish, became religious — or, did all of the above and became normal.

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When thoughts have an apparent source, you’ve got a problem right off the ole bat.

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And then City Choir raised its mighty collective voice to sing that wondrous hymn, “We’ve Come Too Far By Faith To Ever Go Anywhere Worthwhile Now.” …(“Compared to some things,” thought one guy, “is even more of the benefits of being stupid!”
…[Reminder: everything can be “hidden” except — you-know-what!])

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And to the Advice Doctor comes this fresh inquiry: “Dear Doctor: What is the difference in ‘being ordinary,’ and having a tumor?” Signed, “Yours Sincerely and Promptly,” etc.

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The human mind is like a one-of-a-kind locomotive placed on a track and given an absolutely unique headlight which then continually complains about the confining nature of railroad perambulation. …(While the above is an accurate depiction of ordinary intellectual life, in a revolutionist’s version the last line would read: “Which then continually struggles against the confining nature…” etc.)

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And one ole man noted to his kid: “Human ignorance is the only thing that can be reinforced by giving it away.” …(One kid thought, “I’ll be glad when I’m old enough to get out of these stories.”)

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…and Kyroot admitted: Away from the city, the irrefutable, irritating, irrational “logic-of-it-all” is that: A man without a personality is not a man, and a man with (sort of) a personality is not a revolutionist.

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The glue that holds together the secondary world, civilization, and man’s collective intellect does not come from the mines or factories of I. & O., Inc. — (the Individual & Original Corporation).

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One man, knowing how things go, and to help simplify matters, had a book entitled “Words Most Often Misspelled,” which he could never find, since he kept it misfiled.

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As one little band of adventurous neurons trooped along their sightseeing journey, they would often sing-in-step:
“Oh a man not pissed
Is not to be missed.”
…(Of course I don’t know where the hell they thought they were going!!?!!)

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The dread of all social faux pases is hormonal based, and comes out as “fear of being original.”

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One man watched the clock — and the clock watched him — and then simultaneously they looked at one another and both said — “Hey! Who you lookin’ at!” …(Time is a terrible thing to waste on thinking about it.)

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Now, right before your local news, we have just enough time to present once again, “Believe It, Or Get A Job!”: There was one city-level king who, on days when he felt unusually good, thought that people were pretty “O-kay.”

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Due to the laws of physics, the needs of religion, and the demands of economics: All good works are followed by an attempted “cover up.” …(That little intro to the above was not really necessary, but I figured it would make some of you more susceptible — I mean, feel better about it.)

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A man who can really think is always thinking, “I’m not thinking enough.” …(The first detective who ever said, “This case is closed,” was his own case.)

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One god’s name was “Go Figure” — that’s right! — the dreaded Deity Of The Mind.

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One guy decided that he might become a “famous thinker” if he could come up with a famous thought, and he eventually came up with this one: “Amidst all the vagaries of life, some certainties are possible. For instance: A man with a ‘back ache’ can at least be assured that he has a back.” But after some reflection (and him not being a fool, and all) he further decided that this thought was so great that someone would definitely try and steal it from him, so the version he ultimately presented to the public was: “…Some certainties are possible, for instance: A man with a back ache can at least be assured of a poor credit rating.” …(He did not become quite as famous as he had originally hoped.)

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Amidst all collective hurricanes lurks a fragile work of art.

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…all original art is fragile.

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One guy’s attempted “way out” was by telling himself periodically that “If the human mind could ever ‘know-what-it-was-doing’ then it wouldn’t be in the terrible shape it’s in now.” …(What a guy! What an attempt!)

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City fairs won’t allow merry-go-rounds to be brought in whose owner is the ride itself.

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Over in City Bar, one guy’s latest question is: “What do hormones have to do with individuality?” (Although the way he said it leaves some doubt as to whether it is actually a question.)

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…then that ole lounge lizard Kyroot offered this: Musical advice for the mind: When you don’t know what to sing next — change keys.

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And one kid asked his ole man, “Don’t tell me how to cope — tell me how to say ‘To hell with coping!'” …(“It is kinda interesting,” said the tour guide, “how many different things the revolution gets called.”)

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One of the benefits of being ordinary is that you’re not expected to be original.

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Now for today’s whisper from the Whisper Man: “Once the collective have you by the short hairs, then you, too, can get insurance and afford to die.” …(Someone said he’s trying to have his name changed to Dr. Feel-Better.)

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Instead of “thinking more,” one woman got married. …Yes, you guessed it; she hooked up with the guy who, in lieu of having an alert mind, got a watch dog. …What a match! But “watch out” that they don’t try to hold the wedding in you!)

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Hey, thanks for stopping; and here’s your bonus shopping premium: Reversed History: In some time past, everyone with the same name was the same person. (Come again.)

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One guy said, “I’m going upstairs,” and his nascent “upstairs” mused, “Gads! Don’t I wish!”

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…and Kyroot said (again, in that kind of ‘never-ever-land’ voice): If you continue to keep too many feet still in the city, you can get to a place where you can tell the difference, and yet it makes no difference. …(Then Dear Ole Uncle K. said: “Sometimes I get as saddened and annoyed at presenting some of these ideas in what seems to be a negative form as you should be!
…but what-tha-hey! That’s what you get for having so crudely tuned ears in the first place.”)

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…and Kyroot noted: To revolutionist thinking, you can only be civilized secretly, personally, and individually.
…(The collective may be under control, but never actually civilized.)

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…and a guy in a Kyroot suit said: “The reason institutions exist, who don’t know what they’re doing, is to compensate for individuals not knowing.”

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And someone else writes to the Advice Doctor: “What is the difference in being a rather ordinary person with an extraordinary talent, and having an unusual tumor?” …(The Doctor says for his next vacation, it’s the Florida Keys.)

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One ole sorehead, in his belief he was beginning to truly understand “how life works,” told a neighbor, “A man with the name Alfonso P. Grunt-Wrapper shouldn’t fool around with it; next time he might not be so lucky.”

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If you’ll provide the bullets, life gives away guns. …(A man who could think, once thought, “To become an original, abstract revolutionist might turn out to be the one true form of pleasurable, profitable — not to mention, viable — suicide.”
…[Then crying, “I love it! I just love it!” he loved it.
…(And the driver asked, “Can we close the door now, and get back on the road?!!”)])

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…and Kyroot noted: Overheard in the city coffee shop (guy says): “If there was any justice in the world, I wouldn’t be in this Kyroot!”

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In all realities governed by finite awareness, gods speak in cliches.

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While the primary world is by nature sufficiently commanding, through drugs, religion, and philosophy men attempt to make the secondary one equally vivid. (When the revolutionist succeeds, he does so without such assistance.)

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…and a viewer writes: “I have begun to have the suspicion that there will be this one particular Kyroot that will finally push me over the edge.”

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Without talk, man cannot be serious: Deadly? Yes — but serious? — No.

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One guy said, “I’ll know that I’m home, and will be content when they put visible merry-go-rounds on public buses.”

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…and now by semi-hemi-demi “popular request,” more from Kyroot’s big “Cheer Up Book”: “If you could foresee all possibilities and consequences, you’d be dead.” …(And the unknown, masked chorus entered the coliseum singing:
“Oh —
We be happy,
We be glad,
We’d feel good — BUT
We feel bad.”
…[As always, this little inspiring “ode-to-the-obvious-&-not-to-be-missed” drove the crowd bonkers!!])

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…carrying a sign saying “Ain’t Life Just Grand!” this chap told several passersby, “On duck farms is always the vague promise of ‘free chickens tomorrow.'”

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…and a guy who looked like Kyroot noted: Without adjectives, the secondary world could not exist. …(And an extremely astute mind remarked, “I knew that.”)

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The reason sharks are silent is so you’ll be fish. …(And one mind said, “I don’t want to dance! — I don’t know how to dance! — Who are you to tell me that I’ve got to dance! — I’m not going to dance! —
…[Say, big boy, where do you go to dance around here?”])

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Cortical kiddie reminder: School is out for those who want it to be out.

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…and Kyroot observed: Ordinary thought would not attempt to swim unless it believed god — I mean, land, was just over the horizon.

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Studied from the ground-level, three-dimensional context, part of ordinary intelligence’s power and pre-eminence is in the fact that it doesn’t know exactly what it’s doing. …(Then bringing up the middle of the parade came ole P. T. Kyroot, who tossed out candies to the kids wrapped in a message that reminded, “Certainty is to be found only in zoos, graveyards, the digestive system, and other neat places like that.”)

….. …then Circuit Rider K. offered additional obscure optimism: Only a good revolutionist doesn’t know what he’s doing.

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Standing as near to an edge as he could find, one guy cried out, “I’m bloody well tired of life making a fool out of me,” and life yelled back, “And you’d like to have me replaced by whom?”

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One ole man began to be his own kid in his dreams, then realized — “The trick now is to be able to do this in reverse!”

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Since no one can “invent himself,” how can you reinvent it? And there, there is the revolutionist question.

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A man who depends on himself intellectually has nothing left to depend on.

…..In the human world of Labor & Management, man’s personality is the attempt at union organizing.

….. …then more of that certain “Kyrootian History”: When revolutions begin to die, they begin to erect buildings; so, too, with the young, as they approach maturity, as regards personality.

…..The continuing danger to all kings is to finally put on the crown.

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On the prairies of the mind, once winds began to blow from the north, the concept of a “north wind” was formed.

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…and this, from a revolutionist fortune cookie: “The operational reality and use of the concept of humility lies even beyond “thinking more than you have to” over into thinking a
L-O-T more.” …(And a rebellious region of one guy’s medulla oblongata remarked, “I just love it when they make things more difficult!”

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Where there is life — impossible things coexist.

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…News Brief from station WKY-Root: If you “give your position away,” anyone can be shot — including god, the king, all your friends, and your best intentions.

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To be original and a revolutionist is to be naked, free, and safe to go on where others believe they’ve already been yet somehow lost.

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As the troops finished the early morning meal and prepared to sail forth into combat, the warrior chief reminded them, “If captured, say nothing — and if you’ll say nothing, you’ll not be captured.”

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…and Kyroot noted: City kings, railroad tracks, and collective wisdom about have the market cornered on “linear thought” and “the truth.” …(“And,” shouted the Whisper Man’s cousin, “deserve it they do!”)

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…then Kyroot offered up another “out-of-the-universe” fairy tale: ‘Tis said that in one reality there were some creatures who’d rather know a man who owns a weenie stand than have one “to go with everything on it” for themselves. …(Has been further bruited about that this reality is every reality, and these creatures are all creatures, and that the situation represents a high standard of normalcy and progress.)

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Having no one to dance with, the stars invented man.