Jan Cox Talk 0966

Civilization Is Substitute for Thinking More Than You Have To

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#966 Apr 29, 1992 – 1:00 
Notes by TK

Kyroot to :33. Nothing can thrive w/o opposition; rebellion in a genetic line is evidence of its attempted progress (i.e., a priest’s son becomes a religious rebel). 

Civilization is a substitute for TMTYHT (thinking more than you have to) for the ordinary.


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Without internal contradictions, no explanation even begins to resemble a real explanation.

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Dancers who can’t identify the song are inclined to criticize the key it’s being played in. …(Hardly anyone on the dance floor can actually tell one tune from another anyway.)

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A more complex-truth-be-known: In the city, a “man with a plan” is about like a man without one…..except the first guy’s got one.

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…then Kyroot offered up: Another brief telling of man’s intellectual progress thus far: Many people had so much baggage left over from the last trip that they didn’t have to go anywhere today.

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Just “feeling better” won’t teach most people much of anything.

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…and Kyroot-Of-Fifth-Avenue offered this fashionable, if not “fashion” tip: A man with heroes needs knee pads.

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Notes from all over (if you live all over there): “It’s a test! — It’s a test!: Every time life puts out some ‘serious news’ & ideas it’s a test! — to see what you’ll do.”

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“Yes,” said one man to his hamster, “In these uncertain times it’s nice to be uncertain.”

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Hot news off the hot wires of Kyroot’s United Philosophical Press Service: “A finite reality plays no favorites! And ’tis thus that a man with hemorrhoids can still stand on his head.”

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To a revolutionist, thinking is little more than “laughing in silence”…..usually.

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As they sat, they exchanged these words: “Everybody’s in favor of change they approve of!” “What does that prove?” “Nothing, old chum, nothing.”

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…then, speaking on the subject of “A Variety of Views,” Kyroot speaked: A “variety” of views is more than two; …it’s more than three…it’s more than four, actually… It is, in fact, more than whatever number you ever think it to be.
…(And many of the waiting railroad cars said among themselves, “Well, that certainly clears it up for me.”)

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No matter what you may think, (from just hanging around in your neighborhood), the serious run the world.

…..and a chap thought, “Tis good! — I would not want Falstaff doing my brain surgery.”

…..and Kyroot quietly noted: Real hip kings keep the serious around just as a private joke.

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A dad noted to his lad, “A man with a belief in a holy book will never want for something to say.” And the young one asked him, “Is that part of the attraction of such works?”

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…then Kyroot (again pretending to be some kind of city “professional man” which he’s obviously not) said: “A man with ‘pent up emotions’ is a man with emotions inside of him.”
…(then Kyroot [wearing a contractor’s costume] said, “A closet with an ‘inside’ also has another side.”])

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…then Mr. Optimist observed: A man with two left feet can walk in circles more efficiently. …(Mr. O. says he’s aware there’re some in life who do not share his up-beat outlook.)

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During a conscientious bout of “self examination” one guy told himself, “Just because you ‘gem-clip’ two things together doesn’t mean they’re necessarily connected.” …(You might also be interested to know that it was his older brother who four years ago claimed that the “Intellectual decline of contemporary man precisely coincided with the appearance of modern office equipment.)

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And then there was this other guy who began to think of the revolution as “Your mind always on a holiday.”

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The speaker in city park wrapped up his apparently psychological comments by declaiming, “Everyone lives with a fool!” And a man in the crowd turned to himself and said, “See!!”

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No matter the creatures’ complaints or excuses, the local god of this one reality would always just reply, “Don’t worry, there’s no experience required.”

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After looking back over his life, one man wanted to go on record: “I may have something to say about it later…..then again, I may not.”

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While everyone else was waiting around one man turned and said, “I personally am compassionate, charitable and caring. It is my hormones who’re greedy and grasping.” …(One spring day while the king was away, the Minister Of The-End-Of-Winter told the young prince, in confidence, “Everyone’s guts are petty.”)

…..and a viewer in the back asked a seat mate: “Did he say ‘petty’ or ‘pretty’?”

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…and Kyroot noted: The routine, mechanical connections in ordinary thought is what tries to pass itself off as “variety.”

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When it gets right down to paying your way into the last big stock car race of the season, a man with apologies for what he has thought and felt as a human is like a man with pockets in his holes. …(“Hey, A.J., don’t you let that son of a bitch in the pit area.”)

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The difference between a revolutionist ship and an ordinary bus is that with the latter, even though you can take off the tires and use them as fuel, such public transportation still won’t take you where a rebel wants to go. …(A self-feeding, self-confident merry go round is still just an “m.g.r.”)

…..”Dear Sirs:” reads a letter, “If these just-mentioned entertainment rides are so worthy to be used as negative symbolism then why — (tell me this) — then why are they called Merry go rounds!” …(And [with much hesitation, I might add] Kyroot finally sorta muttered to those troopers sitting close, down front, this: “If men didn’t enjoy being dizzy and confused then why are they called ‘men’?!”…..[He seemed to then consider the matter closed for the moment.])

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Acting as his own spiritual adviser, and shirt maker, one man said, “If you think about how you’re treating other people you’re probably not treating them right.”

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Before you returned from lunch, Commander Obvious dropped off this reminder for you: “The less you actually need something the more you must be told you do.”

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As her children prepared to leave for city life, their mother told them, “Don’t eat food that makes you sick, or think thoughts that make you ill.” And one of them asked, “But what choice do we have over there?” And she replied, “None — that’s why I’m telling you this.”

…..Pop Quiz: Okay, how is a revolutionist better prepared than anyone else is? (There are several million answers to this — one is: When the volcano erupts and the lava catches up with you, why suffer the burns and ruin your voice yelling, both?! — Cause everyone knows it’s hot already — right?!)

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A cow in he field is like a brain with two eyes seeing a cow in the field.

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At roughly two thousand feet above sea level, just this last Monday, two men were talking and the first one said, “In the struggle between ourselves and our hormones for control of our thinking, I wonder who will win?” And the second looked skyward and replied, “That reminds me of a Kyroot I heard recently that said that those who shall inherit the earth will be those who owned it previously.”

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Thinking makes the universal local.

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A man who insists on being right may be so — but he’ll never be a revolutionist.

…..and a correspondent asks: “Dear Kyroot: Just what is the difference between the revolutionist and a scientist?” Well Dear Sir: One of them has an office to go to…..and a pension plan…..and their own parking space…..

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From his alleyway the Whisper Man issues today’s sub rosa message: “Whenever life wants to play Show & Tell, guess who it’s gonna make ‘show’ first?!!”

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One guy did admit that he had his own “attitude” toward the whole affair, but said it “wasn’t worth tellin’.” …(It might also be noted that he intentionally said “Altitude” instead of “attitude.”)

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And the mail brings this letter to the Advice Doctor: “Dear Doctor: Is it my imagination or is most all entertainment still directed at man’s older, primary level of reality?” …(Two days later the Doctor considered sending back this reply: “Dear Sir: Once safely on the merry go round, why do men want to go ride the roller coaster when they know it’ll make them scream and sweat?”
…[The Doctor wished he could conjure up a symbolism of a thrill ride that could be seen as applicable to man’s intellectual, secondary world.])

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Artists who curry the king’s favor are like bombs that come with “Get Well” cards.

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One man sent himself a singing telegram that went like this, (It was actually more like a rhyming rap-o-gram, but it went like this anyway):
“Talk is armor,
Talk is grease;
Noise is warfare,
Silence peace.
Stop. Where do YOU want to live?
Sincerely Yours,” and out.

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If you’re not full of variety inside, looking around won’t do much good.

…..and a viewer writes: “To me, this brings up an interesting question regarding all of this: Is a revolutionist waiting for the broadcasters to expand the programs they send out? Or, is he tinkering around with his own radio to expand its ability to receive?”

…..then for no known, rational reason Kyroot pretended to be a poet and said: “A closet is a closet is a closet — except when…..”

…..and just then, a child with a gigantic balloon stumbled onto the stage and inquired, “Do hormones know anything about the existence of merry go rounds?”

…..then, taking obvious advantage of the temporary breach in security, a physician staggered on to the stage and demanded, “In what possible way can dizziness be seen as a sign of good health?!!”

…..As the Dean concluded his remarks to the graduating class he said, “A mind is a terrible thing to run around in circles.” And a senior with an attitude suddenly shouted back, “And where would you have it go! — in squares! — in triangles?!!…”
…(All-in-all, boys and girls, good mental health is no laughing matter.)

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A man who has watched these programs for some time now says he has developed this theory: That if you’re nice to roaches they won’t make you stupid.

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To help ward off the fungus of staleness, this one god, put in charge of some local creatures, decided that the first thing he’d do for them was write them up a “Holy Reference Book,” then the second thing was to place in the Card Catalog a note that showed the work to always be “Out of present circulation.”
…(Some gods know more what they’re doing than others; but evidently, none of them enough to keep men from inventing them.)

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One man’s Family Motto was: “Old dogs catch only old rabbits.” …..he didn’t have a dog…..he didn’t hunt rabbits…..he doesn’t even have a family.

…..as he wrote and thought, one guy thought, “I will place no emphasis be-fore its time.”

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A chap asks: “Is it hard to be a revolutionist and still actually be anybody in particular?” No sir! — Not as long as you’re alive!

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And unexpectedly, Mr. Optimist’s sorehead cousin showed up just in time to say, “There’s no need to be completely passive about things — for instance: If life hands you a bunch of lemons just say, ‘Hey! What the hell’s all these lemons for?!'”

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The fiery eyed man on the street corner, with the flammable urban beard, raised his voice in this warning, “The road to verbal hell is paved with verbal modifiers!” …(A fellow who still lives near his mother examined the patio gutters and thought, “It would seem a rather questionable effort to try and tell locomotives of the danger of railroad crossings.” …[And his cat, (laying on a chair in the sun), thought, “Is that why men talk to themselves, and then don’t listen?!….”])

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A man who can feel no sympathy for himself…..

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During a pseudo “mid life crisis,” one ole man told all his kids, “After I die you guys can have your choice: Your brain damage either improves side-ways, or else you can have all of my old copies of Popular Mechanics.”

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…and Kyroot noted: A man who a would-be-city-thinker be, said to himself, “I don’t care much for lessons in plain biology!…..(especially if they’re to be taken personally.)

…..ordinary minds, with ordinary pretensions of being otherwise, like to believe that the brain runs on special fuel quite distinct from that which propels the bowels. …..(Such are, of course, the proper conditions that produce the city’s intelligentsia caste.)

…..as applies to his own mental Big Band era, one guy says he thinks of it in terms of: “The King of Slop Can’t Be Stopped.”

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…and Kyroot (seated discreetly behind a screen for your listening convenience) said: On this limited landscape there are possible for man three types of survival: the survival he doesn’t approve of; the one he struggles to reach that would be acceptable; and the life of the revolutionist…..(Which, I guess, is not actually supposed to count).

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One way to help express your love for those you love is to help forget about them in all city senses.

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As the bus whizzed by the playground, a clown face appeared from a front window, and cried out to the frolicking youngsters and oldsters, “A man with something to hide will hide it.” Then, just seconds later, an equally painted-up face came protruding from a rear window and yelled, “Why have anything to hide!”
…(An old man on the sliding board turned to a kid and said, “Wow! When I was a boy they wouldn’t ‘ave allowed a vehicle like that within ten miles of us!”)

…..recreational football: To revolutionist thinking the best thing about the past is that it’s gone.

…..a viewer writes: “Hey! You don’t fool me! If I could think the unexpected I’d be a revolutionist too!”

…..as a responsive hint, Kyroot sent this last mentioned viewer an unsigned post card that suggested, “Remove the apostrophe key from your typewriter and your thinking and force the present to become neurally alive.”

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Near the corner of a tree and some bad news, a youngish chap thought to himself, “If thinking is a process, then revolutionist thinking is ‘Processing-the-process’.”

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“Yes, you in the back with your hand raised?…” “Yes, I’d like to ask: Is the revolution an entertainment that you watch somebody else do, or a participatory sport?”

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Conversational Fragmento, Second Movement, Third Stanza: “Trying to raise a ‘civilized child’ is indeed an onerous undertaking.”; “Yes indeedee, and especially if your parents were Attila and Genghis Khan.”; “Is that unusual? — I thought everyone’s were!”

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Most water is oblivious to the dam, and that which does become aware of it generally decries it.

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…and that keen-eyed urban commentator Kyroot keyed us in: Posturing is an inexpensive city version of thinking.

…..and an alert, cosmopolitan viewer asks: “Is it actually possible for the primary to somehow ‘back-up’ and imitate the secondary?” …(Friends: As each and every one of your own decent, health-minded, progressively-inclined molecules, hormones and enzymes have been crying out to you since time began — “THINK about it!!”)

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A rebel thought: “A man who’s killed his environment has the peace of a cemetery for a back door neighbor.”

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To help cover up some of his own “home-grown ignorance” this one man would sometimes pretend to be from a foreign country: This would only fool those who needed to be fooled. (This would also only fool those who lived real close by!…No, I mean REAL close.)

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…then that kindly old knuckle-rapper-Kyroot said: Only the primary can speak without modifiers and conditioners, and it can’t talk. …(A direct idea is like a bullet fired at a gun with no concern for what the King may have to say about it.)

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As the seas-of-the-city began to beckon, and her little tenders bobbed about in anticipation at the dock, the mother boat gave them this advice: “When you do run into the Storms of Conclusions out there, don’t drop your knickers unless you hear life itself say, “Show us your ass.”

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At its most basic level, stardust is a three-way street.

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A viewer writes: “I don’t have the least idea what you’re up to. …(One day, a revolutionist sent himself a very similar message.)

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One ole sorehead said to his sister’s daughter, (Who’d come over to borrow a biological experiment), “Not all are as stupid as they believe they are! — but not so many –” (He added as he reached for a petri dish) “as to change the balance of the see saw.”

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As they rested between dances, they talked. “You know,” he said, “There are two histories: the history of what man’s done, and the history of what man’s said.” “And so,” he asked himself, “Which one are YOU?”

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Looking at his increasingly complex stereo system one man thought, “If you can’t afford an equalizer, put yourself a kid in the circuitry.”

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Then, in some sort of city mental fury, a man kicked at a telephone pole, began jumping up and down (in an up and down fashion), and screamed to passersby: “A revolutionist is the kind of person who’d try to land a bus on an aircraft carrier!”
…(From his tone of voice and behavior I’m assuming that he doesn’t much care for the notion he’s proposed.)

…..after the hearty band of troubadour-loggers had passed through the forest, they left in their wake trees fallen to the ground spelling out the message, “Everybody Loves An Idiot.”

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On a relatively calm morn, the rebel chief told some of the troops, “When the bullets and arrows run out — which they will — don’t ever say anything, even to foes — no matter the circumstances — that you are uncomfortable with. For believe me, a real neural warrior will soon rue it.” …(One of the young guerrillas grinningly mused, “Ahh — just as I knew it would be; there is so much more to this struggle than just the fighting.”)

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A man who can’t look back on his own recent past and laugh, has no sense of humor.

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…and just then, a rebel, loose in the hen house of library sciences, clucked to himself: “A revolutionist sits on his own autobiography.”

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As tide leaves the shore, hairline the forehead, and gums the teeth, so too does a revolutionist’s thinking leave…..something-or-other…..

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And a rebel thought, “In six months something exciting is going to happen.”

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…then Kyroot left this primary/revolutionary, curio/improbability: There was this one wolf who was a hermit.
…(And he thought, “In six months, something quite interesting is going to happen.”)