Jan Cox Talk 0954

Only the Dead Are Serious Enough to Be Institutional Foundations

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#954 Apr 1, 1992 – 1:00 
Notes by TK

Kyroot to :28. Only the dead are serious enough to be the foundation of institutions. Collective wisdom is only comfortable with and respects only the dead. If it were true somebody could learn something new, it would only be proof they knew little to begin with.


The News

Hey, don’t worry — Life’ll bill you later.

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Once fear becomes “an aspect” it’ll become the aspect.

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An extreme form of anything is a conservative version of something else.

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You can’t be impartial once you’ve been taught the word “impartial.” …(Which is why life doesn’t talk…or go to school.)

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Weak peoples tend to have long memories and fantastic histories.

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For the measurements of any field to be meaningful they must exceed the area of that which they measure; (which is why local explanations are so puny.)

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Near the end of the serving line, the chap who hands you the butter to go with your bread, said: “Merely ‘being alive’ proves but one thing!”

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And then, just when things looked their worst, the voice of life arose above the din of the battlefield and declared, “Even a man with totally foolish ideas can still play the steel guitar.”

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One ole man told the kid, “Yes, you can whine if you want to, and just think, if you get good enough you could end up in holy scripture.”

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The ordinary mind rests between two extremes, like a comfortable, dying wanderer equidistant from the two oases.

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After hearing the maxim, “The race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong.” This one guy took off looking for another reality.

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Then there was this one god who’d only let the creatures refer to him if they were sure to mis-quote him.

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Two doors east of the print shop a man was addressing those who walked by who would stop long enough to listen: “To believe that life will not cheat you is to assume you’ll never suffocate in the closet unless it decides to strangle itself.” …(And as is always the case, this made some people feel better than others; and as is always, always the case, everything makes some people feel better than others! — [What the hell you want anyway!]

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That which feeds the workers can starve management.

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“I’m sorry,” said the broker at the front desk, “But a mere lack-of-morality is not sufficient to purchase stock in a bus company; no, you’ll have to do much better than that!”

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Over in the Ole Sorehead’s city bar a patron was heard to say, “A man who can learn-something-new didn’t know much to begin with, or else this couldn’t’ve been possible!” (He spit in his beer and left.)

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…and Mr. Manners-Kyroot remarked: In affairs of the intellect never entertain “at home.”

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Being comfortable and satisfied with what you already know is, for a revolutionist, a kind of intellectual incest.

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At their annual feast and banquet, as was his climatic want, the king arose to read a prepared, though “important” statement to the people: (Clearing the royal throat, he read): “Dear People: In the multitude of comedians there is safety and wisdom — No, I’m sorry: In the multitude of counselors…”

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“A man who thinks a lot, worries a lot.” Such is just one of the many proverbs of the stomach.

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…then Kyroot, (again dressed in his Captain Optimist’s uniform) said: No matter how quirky things may presently look — just remember: Everything is arranged to accommodate the future.
…(And any one who understands any thing feels better from this — and at no additional cost.)

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Fears with names double in intensity. …(Which is yet another reason that rebels live somewhere else.)

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In one particular mental field when ever it’d get hot this one man would lie down; and then when it’d get cool he’d lie down some more.

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When one city reached its maturity, (well, as mature as it was going to get,) the local reality gave ’em all a present: Chocolate covered sugar and inflatable dolls. …(“Life is good, when you’re grown,” they moaned.)

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This morning’s mail brought us a letter, which was actually an attempted bribe, (in the form of some foreign currency which we couldn’t identify,) from a viewer who asks: “Is it possible for the revolution to ever exist in a form that is not confusing?”

…..and then, from that big, horrific Book Of Fairy Tales, Kyroot read: “Once upon a Timex, in a lang Fargo away, local reality told some rebels — ‘Okay, you got two weeks to tell me what the revolution is not and two seconds, what it is’.”

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Men are made to believe that “being alive” is the most important thing in the world since “getting out,” actually is.
…(During early spring, an ole man wondered, “If life was a merry go round, should I tell the kid now, or should I let the fun be extended by him finding out for himself?…”)

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…and semi-soothing-saying Kyroot soothingly said: One man could “tell the future” — but he couldn’t tell it much! …(You know how future’s are!)

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The first speaker in city park this morning addressed the crowd with these wake-up words: “The only possible way you can tell someone else how they should-be-living is for you yourself to ‘be alive and breathing’!” (Then they broke for coffee.)

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One guy said he had a different brain for different occasions; (he says he’s saving up to become a traffic cop.)

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All savvy city-ites know it’s risky to try and do business with an “honest politician,” yet these same people see no way to apply this same, profitable attitude toward their own mental processes.

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A revolutionist once thought, “the ultimate business would not be one dealing in either goods or services, but in possibilities.

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A solar system with no blind center can attract stardust.

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In surveying the lands, lives and local atmosphere he had captured and also inherited, a warrior king mused, “In too great a shallowness is decay, then death.” …(Conquering ignorance is one thing — but then to be satisfied ruling over such a kingdom must, from a more complex view, be considered “something-altogether-else-again.”)

…..Political Certainty: Dumb people need dumb rulers; but not-to-worry: Dumb people get dumb rulers. …(And a quick viewer writes: “I’m telling you again — if stories and ideas like these don’t really refer to actual kings, and politics, but to our own minds then I don’t like it! — No sir, I don’t like it one little bit.”)

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The antidote for anecdotal mentation is to “Think without samples.”

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…and Kyroot offered this, in town driving note: When you live in a box it’s hard to slide off the road. …(Throughout history have been those who asked if there was some benefit to being just everyday-&-ordinary.)

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A closet can not destroy itself from within, nor does it harbor germs or viruses — only unlikely neighbors given unsavory names.

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There were once some words who wanted to be part of a proverb, so they collected themselves together and came up with this: “You shall know the truth and then put your eye out with it.”

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…this item from Kyroot’s Six O’Clock Desk: And life said: “It is the strong people who build human institutions, and the strong who support and most need and use them.” (This was life’s little joke for the day — on you.)

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Kyroot’s Erotic Tip For Tuesday: When the body gets horny it seeks sex; when the mind does, it talks.

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Then, over near the timber line, The Final Word, (cleverly disguised as the, “Not Final Word”) declared, “If a brain could somehow escape from its already present, life-sustaining hormones — change could be possible.

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Then, seemingly from nowhere, one plane followed another writing out these messages in the clouds: “Real Good Ideas Are Always Real Short.” Then the next wrote, “Real Good Ideas Are Real Short.” Succeeded by, “Good Ideas Are Real Short.” Concluded with, “Good Ideas Are Short.” …(And as the mayor remarked, “God only knows where they came from, where they’re headed, or what their purpose was.”)

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In the mind-of-battle the mighty never fall — they just somehow — disappear-without-dying — are gone, and become heroes.

…..then Kyroot noted: There is nothing on which an ordinary man can depend like that which he doesn’t have.

…..then as that parade passed several of the youngsters pointed and cried out, “Oh, I know what that one is — that’s history!” And another shouted, “No, no — it is surely religion.” And so on they played; …until a man selling balloons in the crowd said to them, “What good is having a parable if it is shown in anything other than black & white.”

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On the first day-of-the-day, one rebel leaned against a tree and asked himself, “How can anything known still be relevant?!!”

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…and K. de la K. observed: Holy scriptures were the first weight-loss-book; the martini-and-tangerine diet is the latest; holy scriptures will again be next.

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The nature of being natural, in the secondary world, is such that it is un-natural. …(Then ole uncle Kyroot reminded all the real alert little boys and girls that on next Friday we’re going to finally correct the meaning of the word “natural.”)

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And from that, by-now, illustrious alleyway — could it be? — why yes it is, the voice of the Whisper Man telling us: “Wealth may have wings, but wisdom has a frequent flyer’s pass.”

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Whenever he went out of town this one young lad had a book of “Famous Thoughts”; he never went out of town.

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Then during half-time they played, Tit-For-Tat: Tit: “One man made up things-to-do just so he’d have things to do.” Tat: “Was this man a revolutionist, or just an ordinary person?” Tit: “Could’ve been.”

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And a viewer-kinda-guy says, “You don’t fool me; all the revolution is is hooking up your brain connections in different ways.”

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A man was talking to his grandmother and said he’d overheard two children playing out behind their house and one of them had said, “Stupidity will run when no one is chasing it.” And the other one said, “That’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard!”

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To ordinarily “be human” is merely to talk, and to pretend that there is someone in you doing the talking.

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Death is like an extreme form of polarization.

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The man ran through the town crying out the alarm, “Beware! Beware! — There is a lion loose in the streets.” And a chap in an upstairs window thought, “But that’s not what worries me — I have fleas here in the house!” …(“Just think,” said the cerebellum to the hypothalamus, “If man didn’t have a mind he wouldn’t have to have parables.” And the latter replied, “Yeah, but.”)

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“Okay,” said Kyroot: That which adequately feeds one’s primary may be nutritionally deficient for one’s secondary — if one is of a rebel mind.

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In a land where stardust is not uncommon, there are not only two ways of thinking about everything — but also, one.

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The old monarch said, “Tell the people to be quiet and unoriginal, the time has come — I want to go backwards.” …(No matter what they may be currently calling it, all non-physical, secondary fear is of one kind — Fear of the new.)

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Only a revolutionist will “Think more than he has to,” and only a revolutionist can shorten the phrase.

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After having lived it — and then written it, he named his autobiography, “The Merry Go Round Doesn’t Stop Here Any More.”

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History continues to be possible as man’s mind continues to be bullet proof.

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Standing entirely in the exact middle of the field the man looked up and cried out, “Since life is everyone’s ‘home-town’ what shall now be our team’s ‘fight song’?” …(And a local duck, with a larger stomach than brain, said, “Don’t try and shovel me that slop about “Humanistic philosophy’!”

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Instead of saying “good bye,” or auf Wiedersehen, this one god, when finishing up a conversation with one of the creatures, would just pleasantly say, “Don’t count on it.”

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…and Kyroot noted: The ultimate belief for city dwellers is the belief that what others say is to be taken seriously.

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…and Kyroot mentioned: One rebel’s advice to his grand-kid: “Don’t fire if you’re gonna sweat the cost of ammo.”

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Over in city park one of the strolling vendors was handing out a free idea with every bag of nuts; today’s prize was: “Those who can’t think, read a book.”

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…and Kyroot noted: Everyone’s enemy has an unfriendly name…and if he doesn’t — then give ‘im one! …(And the piece of paper on which this was written reacted, “Even I don’t want to think about how a person might use this in the privacy of their own mind, and stuff.”)

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Everyone’s future lies in the future — except those who talk about the future.

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…and Kyroot noted: It is only the ordinary — it is only man that can believe it’s better to attend a funeral than a feast. …(And local life is so arranged that the creatures who make up its thinking heartland also believe that this is one of the integral, admirable aspects that make man “man.”)

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…then playing ventriloquist, Kyroot threw his words over that way and said: Everyone has a duty — the ordinary know what it is — the revolutionist doesn’t.

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…A certain reality cautioned its local existence: “Now don’t you play any games where you have to run.”

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Conversation between a city, and a neighborhood in the city in charge of acting like it knew more than the city: “Put a child on a bus and he’ll never get off.” “What’s the fuckin’ alternative!” …(There, there, now you boys just “calm down.”)

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Then the man temporarily in charge announced, “Being dead is one form of not being alive…”

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Ignoring a primary problem is no cure since primary problems have no cure; but ignoring a secondary one is iron-clad, guaranteed. (Which, from a collective health standpoint is why it is so seldom done.)

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Stardust put in words crumbles.

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In one city the motto for the day, today is: “When it gets complex the simple get out of town.” …(The mayor says that wasn’t exactly how it started out.)

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When he found out that you had to “stand up” to “be counted” — one guy dug a hole.

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And a viewer writes: “After having seen your shows several times may I say that it would be helpful if you were more specific in your criticisms, plus, when are you going to show some naked women?”

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In the Mary-&-The-Lamb world tis said that in the goo fields is death — and also a golden pot filled with time.

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And one guy said, “Another neat thing about being part of an ‘Ole Man & Kid’ arrangement is that you don’t have to write letters to Kyroot…unless you want to.”

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…then the rebel instructor noted to the troops: “If you’ve been captured, then not to worry — you’ve already confessed!”

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Looking carefully at his family this one man told them, “Memory has a ‘shape’ — and much of it looks a lot like you!”

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The powers-that-be scare the hell out of everybody which is why everybody pretends that they’re something else altogether.

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The end of the universe could be further away than you think; how far can you think?

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Stardust can’t be measured.