Jan Cox Talk 0976

What A Real Revolutionist Knows, He Hides Twice

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And just when you thought it was safe to go back in, the cry
went out, “The silly are about to serious-to-death again!”

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Every one’s an expert when they write about a dead man.

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If the world were not so gradual many people would be
shocked.

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One guy changed his name to Scott so it’d rhyme with “not.”

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Those with no talent take peers for heroes.

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Only the totally civilized don’t mind being civilized. (No
one is totally civilized.)

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Whenever this one guy’d get caught he’d always claim that he
put him up to it.

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Cursing the unnecessary world of the intellect, one warrior
chief, as he stood by the gates of Damascus, said, “Were it not
for geography we would not be so far from our home in Rome.”

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One man decided that from hence forth he’d let his “thoughts
determine his words” — (Well, at least on Tuesdays and
Thursdays, the rest of the time he’s leaving things as they are.)

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Without air the body will cry out, “Help!, I’m suffocating.”
While without originality the mind can say, “I’m doing just fine,
thanks.”

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Once a young boy asked his father as they journeyed, “Why
will men call the ugly, ugly, and the lame, lame, but will not
call the ignorant what they are?” “That’s because we’re now in
the land of the civilized.”
…..in the matter of the “Primary & Secondary Worlds:” Only
the secondary shows any concern over the feelings and sentiments
of others, which is interesting — since it has none of its own.

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What a revolutionist knows he hides twice.

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One king required you get his permission before you could
write about him. …(And a viewer says: “For some reason I feel
like I’ve either heard, or thought this one before, and more than
that it seems to either be ridiculously self-evident, or
strikingly significant, or just down right dumb.” [And yet as
always in these cases, when you mull it over with the king and
his lands & subjects all being the activities of your own
intellectual processes, you can be re-surprised all over again.])

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Once he’d really figured out how it was really going on he
realized and said, “It’s not enough to look like a pigeon, you’ve
got to be a pigeon.”

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One city university decided to “come clean & float the
cream”ù (streamline, that it), and now only offers two courses for
intellectual survival and success: “How To Criticize,” and “How
To Imitate.”

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After sufficient time had passed, this one local creator
told his little creatures, “Okay, I’m going to give you a
secondary world; so from now on, go out there and make yourselves
look good.”

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The dull and wearisome fear art because even at its worst it
still reminds them too much of originality.

…..and a chap asks the Advice Doctor: “Dear Doctor: If one’s
hormones could be taught an art would the aging process be
slowed?”

…..One young rebel suddenly thought, “If warfare and sports
are the arts of the primary realm, then what are the ones of the
secondary?”

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The two Sister Sisters were walking by a pine grove and the
first one said, “Silence never killed anyone.” To which the
second replied, “Yes it has — minds.” “Yeah, you’re right.”

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Those at the cutting edge of the ordinary — who can’t yet
think (in the revolutionist sense), are those who seem to want to
be the most civilized, and who encourage others likewise.

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One city looked down on some of its citizens and smiled,
“Anybody with no-o-o talent is certainly a friend of mine.”

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A correspondent writes to say that now that he fully
realizes what real stupidity is, he further realizes that no word
in any dictionary fully covers it.

…..Co-related, “Moral Up-Lift & Shoe-Insert:” Men start
encyclopedias, and men can stop encyclopedias.

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It should be noted that several people have said that every
time they watch our show someone puts a bomb in their mailbox
and leaves their toilet seat up.

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…then Kyroot offered this “Maxim Revision” for out-of-
towners: Those whom the revolutionist gods would destroy they
first make serious.

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One of yesterday’s speakers over in city park declared:
“After our original progenitors, there has been no education;
since then it’s all been a matter of rehabilitation.” And after
he’d finished a man approached him and said, “That’s the sort of
thing you can first hear and think, ‘My, how perceptive &
stimulating,’ until you dwell on it for a moment and realize that
the opposite could just as well be said, or that the whole notion
is actually ridiculous.” “I know,” replied the speaker
gleefully, “Don’t you just love it!”

***

As she saw them off to the city, one mother reminded her
kiddlies: “Remember: It’s not nice to be vague and incompetent
at the same time.”

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Near a shoe shop a chap says that “every thing” he knows he
learned from a book he has of “Famous Quotations” — (which could
prove interesting since the work is not in his native tongue and
he doesn’t seem to have ever noticed it.)

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May I take this brief moment to point out for you another
“obvious” that is never noted: All of what even ordinary men
think of as “The Great Ideas” were at one time, original. …(So
long as re-write, revision and plagiarism pass for intelligence
the secondary world will survive, but it will always just be the
secondary.)

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Said one monarch: “When you are king, and your lands and
frontiers are ignorance, every one is your enemy. Under such
conditions — it’s good to be king.”

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All descriptions of a revolutionist are bogus.

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As he waited for the dentist to call his name one man
wondered, “If alligators did have telephones what kind of
doodling would they do as they sat and chatted?…”

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Real art and talent are attitudes, not just manual dexterity
and manipulation of materials.

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A viewer writes: “After watching your show I have begun to
feel like a biped in a three-legged race that may be going no
where. P/S.: So’s not to worry you, in my case this is an
improvement. Sincerely Yours.”

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And in a final fit of pique the gods rained down on the
helpless creatures a torrent of defective power tools.

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While he pumped his gas, a fellow given to using movie-
making terminologies and analogies said he sees the secondary
world as being like the “back lot of an earthquake brought up
front.” …(“Hey, that’s weird,” added a man checking his oil,
“I used to have a cousin who called his own individuality,
Hollywood, and I never understood why.”)

…..then suddenly! — another chap just leaving the rest room
slapped his forehead, and exclaimed, “Wait just a minute!…let’s
cut through the fat & inflated prices: What if the whole
‘secondary world concept’ is nothing but a metaphor for the
primary?!!”

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History, local — events, universal.

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In a way, revolutionist thinking is most direct and precise,
yet also quite fluid.

…..and from our audience, this inquiry: “What is the
difference between ‘revolutionist thought’ and ‘revolutionist
thinking’?” …(Yes, I agree with you — he might be on to
something.)

…..and another woman says, “Speaking of being ‘on’ something
reminds me: Is the bus a noun, or a verb?” …(Why yes, I agree
with all of you — things are beginning to look up around here.)

***

Then Kyroot (for some unspecified reason, acting out the
part of a Court Minister in some royal drama) gathered his robes
about him, walked down-stage right and said, “Those who cannot
bring themselves to full original thought often become observers
and critics of their society’s morals.” …(During intermission
in the lobby each glass of wine spritzer came with an index card
on which were nicely printed these words, “On any stage, what is
there called ‘intelligence’ is intelligence!…and don’t you
forget it, Buster!”)

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Some more of the unrecorded, underbelly history of man’s
intellectual continuity: Ask yourself: What else can a man with
a large LP collection do, but at first resist CD’s?!!

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During the second day of the conference one of the
speakers suddenly dropped his notes and said, ” ‘Behavioral
Scientists’ should not be called scientists at all, but rather,
‘Sports Reporters’.”

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Although he was a hero to himself, this one guy still didn’t
ever try to get his autograph, or find out what his favorite food
was.

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From his protected harbor in the alleyway, the Whisper Man
sends forth this, “Proverb Update For Those In No Great Need Of
Such:” “Lay down with dogs — get up at six a.m.”

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In his technical writings whenever the word “process” was
called for, this one man would instead use the word “potatoes:”
(He received three promotions and another post-graduate degree
before anyone ever noticed.)

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Today’s mail brought in this letter to Miss Etiquette: “Dear
Miss Etiquette: Is it possible for one to be too silly?” But
out fine columnist could not respond to this question since she
did not know whether they were asking in reference to words, or
deeds.

***

One quite ordinary king, while reviewing his troops thought,
“Of what use to me is a general who is pleasant and feels good?”
…(The number one tune on the city’s Torch Song Hit Parade this
week is, “Don’t Let Your Thoughts Catch You Crying, Or They May
Get Ideas Of Their Own.”)

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The difference between a real artist, and a stupid artist is
that one of them will talk about his work.

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From a rebel’s view, an intellectual imitative, or
reactionary life is the demi-mode of a tiresome vampire.

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Once night had fallen, one kid asked the ole man, “Is it
possible to ‘know what you’re doing’ without actually realizing
it?” And the elder one replied, “Can you get ’em to ship you
personalized stationary to a post office box on open account?”
…(A gent with wrinkles says, “After a full life of seventy
years — [at least as full as I could get it] — I can truthfully
say that although life is hard at least it’s not fair.”)

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Those without originality want equals for leaders.
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One man began to look upon comfort and habit as forms of
strangulation, but further confesses that he can’t seem to yet
shake off a deep attraction to slow suicide.

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As he started up his own publishing company he realized he
could save some money on salaries immediately; “Hey, if you’ve
got a brain, you’ve already got an Editor.” …(Some time later
he wondered whether he’d’a been better off going into the
plumbing trade.)

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In retaliation for some imagined slight in the past, the god
of this one local reality gave the creatures only two
intellectual choices: They could either pursue poetry or
mathematics.

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As his thought and speech grew more mature one man nicknamed
his, Ellipsis, (since he left so much out.)

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Down at the Ole Sorehead’s Bar one of the afternoon regulars
zipped his pants and noted, “Give everyone their due — from one
view a priest is just a scientist with a bad education.”

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Those believing they were from the herd driven do not rebel
deers make.

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Then, this letter into our show: “Dear Kyroot: Okay I’ve
got one for you! — see how you like this one: I say that: ‘A
man with nothing to prove can prove anything!’ — So how do you
like that!, Mister Smarty-Kyroot?!!”…”Hey, you know — I kinda
like it.”

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The full slogan of the new organization is: “Keep A Fool In
Your Basement — Hide An Idiot In Your Attic: Come On Folks,
Help Us Out! — Be Civilized And Normal — We Need The Help!”

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To be original in the primary world could prove deadly; to
be so in the secondary is at least thrice as difficult.
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Around the village the rumor persisted that within the next
several days a decree would be issued that would say that it is
insulting for a man on a pension to out live the king …(And a
certain neurologist writes our show: “Dear Sir: I am pleased to
announce the opening of my new office in North-East Professional
Plaza…”)

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As he surveyed a burying field a moralist thought. “So?,
even if pleasure be fatal?…”

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A guy over there noted,”Some proverbs can make you sick.”
His buddy adds, “The word ‘berserk’ in fact originally meant, ‘To
know too much’.” You might care to note that talk such as this
disturbs some people (and the first guy smiled and walked away.)

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One man believed that night was his long-lost twin brother.

…..another man felt the same way regarding original thinking.

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The “lessons of war” are the education of the dust
surrounding combat. …and Kyroot noted: When men can’t see what
needs to be seen close by, they’ll look even further away.

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Another correspondent writes: “Dear Kyroot: Am I
completely off the mark, or could you say that a revolutionist is
kind of like a mental juggler?”

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Those who decry the liberation of language help hold steady
the secondary ship of state.

…..”In what state do we live, Pa Pa?” “In the State of Quo,
my boy, the beautiful State of Quo.”

…..And a man writes the Advice Doctor: “Dear Doctor: What
would happen to mans’ religions if most of the adjectives were
removed?”

…..and a viewer writes our show: “I sometimes have the
suspicion that some of the separate things read are intended as
connected whether I actually realize it or not. (I can only assume
that in such instances — if they indeed occur — that you do not
mention it on purpose.)”

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The king of this one planet forbade UFO’s from visiting
anyone until they came to see him first. …(And a certain
astronomer writes our show: “Dear Sirs: I am pleased to
announce the opening of my new office in The Oak Park
Complex…”)

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In the secondary’s normal world of creativity there is no
such thing as “mediocre”; there is simply the recently dead, the
half rotted, and the long gone, and they all serve their
purposes…none of which is originality.

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In the Military & Ordnance Records of this one Brown
Thrasher army under, “Close Combat Munitions” was listed,
“Nightmares Of Cats.”

…..when the primary needs more seasoning and spice for its
fare it calls out, “More secondary! — bring us more secondary!”

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Without talent there is no revolution.

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Once the tenor had finished with that favorite aria, “The
Secondary World Gets Made-Up As It Goes Along,”ù the chorus
completed the act with their follow-up rendition of the song,
“That’s What I Like About The ‘Hood’.”

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Squinching up his nose and testing the wind one man said,
“Me begins to suspect that originality and ‘having heroes’ be
incompatible.”

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After his present defeat and capture this one warrior king
said, “I will say that I ‘made mistakes’ — if you insist, but I
will still say they were done on purpose.”

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One man saw a snow white eagle with wings tipped in gold and
silver, but since no one else ever saw it he would privately
tell himself that he just made it up every time he’d tell the
story.

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Only those with no history ‘don’t care’; and those with none
accidentally are barbarians, while those with none willfully are
invisible.

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The first speaker of the day, in the area of city park
reserved for such, delivered these words to the early crowd, “The
ordinary’s lack of freedom and originality is more than made up
for by the comfort of their captivity.”

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One man decided to run a revolution in his own back yard;
(imagine how surprised some people were.)

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One day while feeling unusually frisky this one king had
this mental outburst: “I know! — I shall make it a felony to
have small thoughts.” …(I’m sure you’re relieved, though not
surprised to know, that he got over it.)

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One guy decided to title his autobiography, “A Philistine
Was My Father.”ù Then everybody in the world claimed they’d
written it.

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And one guy thought, “The worst thing about whining is that
it’s so…so…well, so un-original!”

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A young lad asked his father, “If I don’t grow up to be a
rebel, what will I be?” And the ole man replied, “Can you spell
monotonous?”

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Tyrants epitomize and exemplify mediocrity and the lack of
originality which is why the people just adore them. …(“Hey,”
said the first man polled, “Who wants a leader who seems better
than you are?! — Just makes you feel bad.”)

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To help hide his weak mental interstructure this one man
grew ivy out of his ears. …(“Yes, Contestant Number Two, in
certain societies ‘ivy’ does rhyme with ‘reputation,’ and
‘sophistication.’ Congratulations! — you have won the right to
live on — and pass for normal.”)

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…an observer-correspondent writes: “Regardless of your
comments, the everyday world could not stay stable on a basis of
originality. (No need to reply since you and I both know that
I’ve got-you-there.” …(Signed, “Kyroot’s Disguised Partner-
On-Your-Behalf.”)

***

A king with no talent is a king of all the people. …and
Kyroot explanded: A king with no talent is a king of all the
people; a king with no talent is a king for all the people; a
king with no talent is all the people.

…..and a little neural tyke screamed, “But I wanna be king! —
I wanna be king and I could be king!” And, “Shush,” said his
father, “we all could — That’s what makes the position so
meaningless.”

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On the road to originality the first name most men call on
is God; (this is also usually the last.)

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In some wards originality was not allowed to visit for fear
of disturbing certain resting patients.

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A safe revolution is a derivative revolution.

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And a viewer — out there somewhere — is suddenly struck:
“Alcohol and drugs are kiddie attempts at a short-cut to
originality.” …(Well, since it’s Friday I guess it’s fortunate
that he didn’t get around to education and religion and spoil his
entire weekend.)

***

…and Kyroot added: A safe revolution is a derivative
revolution…with heroes…a history…rituals…grand traditions,
and other stabilizing influences.

…..and a young lad asked, “Pa Pa, when I grow up do I have to
be part of a safe revolution?” “No, No, son; if you prefer —
and it comes to it — I’ll just push you over a cliff.”
***

At a small air strip just outside of town, for reasons
unclear, they would grease the runway.

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A canine kid asked his ole man, “Does chasing your own tail
compensate for a lack of originality?” And the older dog
thought, “He been ‘roun hoomans too-o-o long.”

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