Jan Cox Talk 0962

Facts Supplanting Acts, From Which They Sprang

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#962 Apr 20, 1992 – 1:08
Notes by TK

Kyroot to :35. It is repugnant to man to be reminded of his necessary connection to the lower animals, to be less than uniquely intellectual; but remember: the fragrance of the rose originates in the soil. The Secondary Level World of man is a grand and orchestrated hallucination and it is the only realm of expansion for Life. Facts begin to supplant acts, from which they sprang.


The News

Several semi-alert passengers signed a petition which said that they dearly hoped tonight’s program would NOT begin with a Kyroot that had anything to do with people on buses, or planes, or anything else equally as silly.

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When you cease thinking about a question you become part of it.

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An ordinary, individual mind doesn’t know what to “make of life,” which is what makes its life tolerable.

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The infinite worlds dreamed of by man are his infinite worlds.

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To keen nostrils, collective thought smells funny.

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Freedom is not what people think it is — which is why no one has it.

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Exploration is both real and metaphorical, and only both kinds count.

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If uncertain — side with the young.

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Local reality is like a neighborhood franchise, and one whose home base is unknown to the patrons.

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Any new ideas that do not, in part, sound contradictory to ordinary ears will not prove to be revolutionary.

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Conversation overheard coming from the Examining Room: “Why this child is brain dead.” “How can you tell?” “I can’t.”

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Over at the “All Night, All The Time, 24 Hour Ole Sorehead’s Ole Coffee Shoppe,” one of the regular java jocks had this memorable observation to offer: “Civilization only occurs in groups — just like with the plague — and leprosy.”

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When the ignorant ask what the problem is, what can you tell them?

….. …and one man says that’s why HE quite talking to himself.

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And a gentleman who lives in this universe writes to the Advice Doctor: “Dear Doctor: My question is kinda like, let’s say you had eight dumb men working together, would they be twice as smart as four other dumb ones or twice as dumb? ….(P.S.: This is purely theoretical, and has nothing to do with me personally.)”

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…then Kyroot presented this startling, though foolish and meaningless statistical fact: More people find the revolution interesting than know why.

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One sophisticated father advised his son thusly, “In man’s literary world there are two jobs open to a lad like you: either report on human life or else criticize those who do.” And the boy asked, “But what about criticizing the critics?”, to which the elder replied, “No, no — that’s a job for experts.”

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Facts are local — acts, universal.

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…then assuming a spurious, (but how-would-anyone-know-pose), Kyroot said: There are no acceptable justifications for any secondary interests or activities — which works out most splendidly since none are required!

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…Kyroot’s Simple Facts For The Day: Talk is ordinary men’s therapy; ordinary men are not sick.

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What everyone intellectually, spiritually, and artistically seeks is just over the hill. That’s right, just over that hill — the one right there in front of you.

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Your environment is their heredity.

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The declaration of, “I’m going to change!” is about as close as the ordinary can get to change. …(And also about as close as they’re supposed to get.)

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And one man made this observation for himself: “Living next to an all-night race track is one thing, but having this reversed is something else again.”

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One old — old monarch, one dark afternoon, stood up on a hoary cliff and cried out: “The storms of stupidity shall not against my ships prevail.” And one palace guard turned to another and said, “I didn’t know his Grace still had any ships left?!”, and his companion replied, “Ah, he doesn’t — he’s just ramblin’ and dreamin’ again.”

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Then Kyroot made note of additional uses of “civilization”: Without other people there IS no “I.”

….. …later, in an unrelated episode, Mr. Optimist stated to a group of boys & girls: “If it weren’t FOR civilization man wouldn’t BE civilized enough to attack it.”

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…then that great ole party planner and pervader of excitement, Kyroot, said: As long as you can think, there’s hope, and as long as you can suffer you can hope that thinking is a waste of time.

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…then somebody said: “Man’s soul, spirit, intellect and individuality is made up almost entirely of stuff.”

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In ground level battles only the uninvolved survive; in revolutionist affairs it is the knowingly unaligned who must prevail. …(The secret door of consciousness and thought is that the mind invented time, and the future therein is the sole facet it cannot now mangle to its own ends.)

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And this from a correspondent: “I heard of a group whose motto is ‘Thinking Is Fun,’ but most of my friends believe that feeling is the most fun. (P.S.: I don’t belong to that group.) Sincerely And Out,” etc.

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The youngish philosopher standing just aside the general speaker’s area in the park was proclaiming to those who passed near enough to hear him, “The soul of a man lives in his electric guitar.” …(As he grew older, wiser and more experienced, he eventually recognized there was no need for the word, “electric” in his theory, and so, dropped it completely.)

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…and in an architectural aside, Kyroot noted: Man’s stable, civilized, secondary world rests on four foundations: The first three are Pretense — (guess what the other one is).

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One man had some facial gestures that had nothing to do with anything else. …(Well — that’s what I was told.)

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On slow days, this one god had (among other time killers) a little mental game he’d sometimes play wherein he’d try to figure if HE was a creature, what the odds would be that he would have become a priest.

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This letter just in to the Advice Doctor: “Dear Doctor: Why can a man with ideas ‘go places,’ but a man with places has no such assurance of ideas?”

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All facts are mathematics in that you’re always just adding and subtracting a limited number of items found in a closed closet.

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A government spokesman announced that they have positively identified the new terrorist group that has been most responsible for attacks on local intellectual stability, and the disruption to public order and predictability. The organization, states the official, is the KRDM, an acronym they use that stands for their name, “The Struggle Against Stagnation.”

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One man says he now looks at his own intellectual progress as being able to “dream faster.”

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Two viewers were talking and the first one said, “This neural revolution is just one opinion.” And the other one answered, “Yeah, but what an opinion.” (And upon that, they both agreed.)

….. …and another viewer, (unrelated to those last two), says: “If I do ever discover that this ‘revolution thing’ is just some other person’s opinion, then I’ll guarantee you right now that I’ll be mad as all get-out!”

….. …then (just for fun) after hearing all this, Kyroot put on a clown face and said: The revolution has no opinion — the revolution is the great Opinion Gobbler.

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Of the several ways to enjoy the uniqueness that is human life, two are: To be fascinated with what other people do, and the other is to be personally interested in your own thoughts. (One is more popular than the other.)

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One man, (known for his directness and sense of fair play), entitled his autobiography, “Life With Me: Eat Your Heart Out.”

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…and now — wait! hold it just a moment…we’re about to make contact…yes, and now we’ll switch in for this Kyrootian announcement from the financial district: “Talk is the ultimate example of Big Business.” …(Now back to our local studios where a raging brush fire is just underway.)

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…and from a Kyrootian baked “Extremely Fortunate Cookie” we extract this message: “Man’s institutions help shelter the individual from his own stupidity.”

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The introduction of Neapolitan ice cream (three flavors together in one package) was another coarse city attempt to imitate revolutionist thinking.

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…then from behind his back Kyroot produced another example of Politics In Action….IN the brain: In a land where the people are not afraid, the king has to sleep with one eye open.
…(And a viewer writes: “The last time I wrote and asked you if the ‘people’ represent a man’s general thinking patterns, and the ‘king’ like his best, or strongest ideas, you never did answer me.”)

….. …and Kyroot added: Good questions are often ghost questions.

….. …and a king also added: “I told you people only a couple of nights ago that being king was just a job — nothing but just another job.”

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The primary world is one of acts and runs on necessity; man’s secondary is one of facts which must be made to seem obligatory.

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There is no such creature as THE revolution — there is “a” revolution — your revolution.

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The speaker in yesterday’s park looked at the crowd and said, “A primitive man is a happy man,” and someone in the mob responded, “Would that be because a primitive man is in fact a dead man?” And the speaker picked his teeth and grinned.

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One man who has watched our show, and who has problems with words, has gotten confused and doesn’t know if he should be a revolutionist or make reservations.

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After work the Three Proverb Brothers were walking home and talking and the first one said, “What if life itself has some ‘bad habits’?!” And the second one perked up and said, “Yeah — and what if we…” and the third brother suddenly interrupted and said, “Don’t you finish that sentence if you’re headed where I think you are!”

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Then Kyroot read another chapter and example from, “Continuity Still Afoot”: The quite acceptable, even expected fact that even those famous as creative artists say they have heroes they want to be just like.

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Taking a break outside on the curb a fellow mused, “While we dance here for fun and breath the real contest is the future.”

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One day, while petting his dog, one man thought, “The luckiest day of my life was the day I found you,” and in response the dog felt, “That’s weird, my emotions have thought the same thing about me finding you.” …(And across town, many in management and labor, and many who lived in penthouses and in the basement thought, “Would that not be heaven on this earth if things were just so between us?” And from amidst their otherwise silent midst suddenly arose a loud cry, “But it IS! — But it is indeed!”)

….. …a correspondent asks: “Have you ever noticed how many parables and metaphors are vertical? And how many others are horizontal?… “Just,” (he adds), “just like life itself.”

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In the alley behind the Ole Sorehead’s Bar, a break-taking patron made this comment, “What I enjoy most about religion and my sex habits is their lack of change.”

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Things that seem native to the dimensions of your reality can be measured, but never comprehended. Things that exceed the local finite view can, on the other hand, be suspected, but never measured.

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…and a rebel assistant made this observation: A man who suddenly “tries to live” just because he finds out he’s about to die, ain’t gonna be addin’ much memorable to the annals of what living is.

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A chap who “would-be-king,” or philosopher, or at least City Councilman, has this personal observation he’d like to put on the record, (puteth he): “I do believe that man’s rate of cultural and civil progress would be greatly increased were it not for the fact that our thoughts AND emotions must share the same bloodstream.”

….. …Pop Quiz: If something could be done about all of the “problems” man continues to identify — what would we have then? (I’ll leave you with it — and you may begin now; you’ll be timing yourselves, and if I’m not back in sixty years, die without me.)

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From his secure place in the great city alleyway the Whisper Man sends you this: “If you give a man a name the next thing you know he’ll want you to agree with him.”

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One guy had like these little tricks and rituals he’d privately use to help himself “get along.” They didn’t actually do anything, but that’s all right, they weren’t actually supposed to.

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And one ole guy up and said, “Ah, fuck all that shit! — There ain’t NO way I can ever feel better than my hormones do!”

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…then, pretty clumsily disguised as a legitimate physician (or perhaps a close relative of a real physician), Kyroot pronounced his findings: A man who takes himself personally will eventually take himself seriously. …(See — now that didn’t hurt.)

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One city father forbade his children to follow any religion that had as its central icon a picture of a woodpecker.

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An older rebel sergeant sat down with some fresh recruits after lunch and noted, “If what you’re thinking about worries you, then what you’re thinking about is something in life’s interests — not yours.”

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Over coffee and a hot cross bun, two friends were talking and one said, “Were it not for serendipity men would have to rely on brains alone.” To which the other responded, “And a lucky thing we’re intellectuals, eh what.” …(A viewer asks: “Why do all of your little stories and scenes always have only two people talking?” Not so sir, many of them have only one.)

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Then Mr. Optimist popped back in long enough to tell us this also: “Just being alive is the ‘Ultimate Convenience’.”

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And one guy said, “Any word that doesn’t have a synonym is my kind of word.” (How ’bout — “Same for thought”.)

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As long as the horizon stays just in view it remains the horizon; but a little too close, or a bit too far and it becomes a successful reef — a watery grave for rebel ships.

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…and Kyroot noted: The mind, by dividing up humanity into “me and them,” makes “me” possible, and “them” to flourish.

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Kyroot’s Current Count Of Continuing City Cultivation, Etc.:
A truly urban, civilized and sophisticated man is he, should he have a weak rifle, who can have the target moved closer.

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A guy who’d been hangin’ around a camp off and on for a while one day thought to himself, “The only people you can trust would be revolutionist………but the only way you can try and tell who other revolutionists really are is by the fact that they trust you………..(pretty nebulous, huh?!)”

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Man controls the city because man IS the city. …(And a listener wants to know: “Would the reverse of this be also true?” What do you think, twinkle-toes?…)

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A chap who wants his views known offers this one for a starter: He says that in his own intellectual, communications quest he believes that every time “there’s an answer, a telephone operator somewhere is shot.”

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…and Kyroot made this observation of city life: Once men have a silent understanding of just where this trip is headed, no one is very concerned over really getting their car fixed up once-and-for-all. …(And a chap upon hearing this wondered if that would account for the several rather curious “hobbies” men seemed drawn to pursue….)

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“Hey!” shouted one ole sorehead in a flashing, passing moment of brief lucidity, “There’s no ‘justifiable reason’ for anything!”

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He who can dance while riding a horse can enter far more races than winners can ever be called for. …(And a surprised chap suddenly realized, “Say! — that’s the whole point of bettin’ on yourself, isn’t it.”)

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Although it is irrational, and three-dimensionally impossible, nonetheless: All of the people together can’t be as intelligent as a few can individually.

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A fellow who works part time at the tuxedo factory took me aside and said this, “It is my personal contention that to believe that you’re always ‘one-step-removed-from-reality’ brings you just that much closer to reality.” …(He adds that cummerbunds will be making a comeback this season.)

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It is the memory of genes that is indispensable — all others are fungible, or disposable.

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If a revolutionist can actually describe what he does internally, then what he’s doing is a pretty crude version of being a revolutionist.
…then Kyroot served the senior edition: If a revolutionist even tried to describe what he does internally, etc. etc., & so on…

….. …and one city thought, “God!, it’s a good thing that ordinary people run the world!”

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Proverb Update for 5/34/92: Those who shall inherit the earth are those who owned it previously. …(Those who don’t know genetics will never understand the nature of fairness.)

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In man, thoughts and feeling continually die — but ’tis never fatal.

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At the beginning of each new week, (as was their ancestral wont), the ole man would give the kid a new piece of non-conformist information. The latest in this series was as follows: “The sign of the truly civilized mind is that it can be passionately concerned over the immediately unalterable.”

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The rich seldom discuss wealth, nor the intelligent, intelligence.

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Insider’s Royal Tip: A man who won’t whine or get drunk will not be often invited to court.

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In the area of sound city advice, one ole man told the kid, “Don’t bother yourself to get upset with those who call themselves religious and want to tell you what you should do — always remember, they all have r-e-a-l bad headaches.”

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The obvious is always local — although local people believe it extends much further.

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And the Advice Doctor received yet another interrogatory: “Dear Doctor: I have been watching the Kyroot show for some time now, and pondering deeply on the ideas I’ve heard presented there, and my question to you is: If I am now a ‘revolutionist,’ then why don’t I feel any better?” (AH!, another easy one: Well Dear Sir: That’s because you are not now a revolutionist.)

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A chap sitting on a park bench said, “Anyone who describes man’s adult, middle years, average life as ‘bittersweet,’ should either be declared a ‘Poet,’ or else thrown from a moving bus.”

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Then Kyroot offered today’s “Joke-Of-A-Health-Tip”: You can “go crazy” without actually going crazy by attempting to do-the-revolution AND talk about what you’re doing all the time.

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When the band plays Change the dance floor generally clears.

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One ole city guy throws this one our way, “Those who bad-mouth talk just don’t know how to do it right themselves.”

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…then Kyroot offered to pass along one man’s personal description of the intellectual “Changing Of The Guard” (although K. says it should actually be thought of as the alteration or modification of the Guard rather than a “Changing,” but on with it). This one chap charts this activity thusly: First comes a new generation; the kids squeal and holler; then they grow up — and shut up — quit thinking, and wait around for the next one.

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A revolutionist’s view might be: This for me — anything else for what the rest of them want.

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“Yes,” responded one mama city to a sibling, “acts and facts do dance together, but don’t hold your breath ever waitin’ for them to admit it!”

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And yet another letter comes in to the Advice Doctor: “Dear Doctor: Under an individual’s ordinary conditions is it possible for Mary to make The Lamb sick?, and even for The Lamb to make Mary sick?” Yes sir, it is — but I would not call it “sick.”

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…and Kyroot calculated for you thusly: As man’s secondary world glows and expands, more and more do facts begin to supplant the acts from which they originally arose.

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And once a week on this one world everyone would cry out, “We l-o-v-e the truth,” to which the planet itself would add, “That’s why it’s so likeable!”

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…okay, then somebody expanded: “Man’s soul, spirit, intellect and individuality is made up entirely of blood, guts and hormones. …(P.S.: A revolutionist attempts to add a dash of stardust to the mix.)

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One man had so much fun he had to stop. …(Which in the overall scheme of things helped to make up for the four hundred and thirty who never started.)

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And another viewer writes: “Hey! — Come off it! — Everybody’s got to be mad at something!”

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While Mary & The Lamb are away many people entertain goats.

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Man’s secondary world is like a carefully disguised and choreographed hallucination; it is also extremely healthy and quite on course — (of course).

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One ole synaptic connection told his weaker counterpart kid: “If you ever tell the predators what you eat they’ll eventually starve you out.”

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If the breath and excitement of the revolution is not in your brain, it’s no where to be found.

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To dance is to live.

….. …and Kyroot added: For a revolutionist, the chance to dance to stardust is what makes living worth living.