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Parables Are Invented by Those in Them

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#978 May 29, 1992 – 1:00 
Notes by TK

Kyroot to :36.
Parables are invented by those in them. 



The News

If you don’t have a main course planned it’s surprising how useful can be the back burners, warming trays, and hot plates.

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Over in a certain synaptic kingdom this one man offered to help others — but only if they promised to resist.

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— (Talk about your hobbies!) — One man spent his whole life proving he was human.

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Whenever he was going to say something about his “feelings” this one man would refer to them as, (quote): “What I call my ‘feelings.'”

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Those most aligned with city life are those who live in the city and say, “I don’t like living in the city.”

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Then Kyroot served up this Dialogue-To-Go:
“Even the ordinary have their duty.”
“Which is?”
“To be ordinary.”

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A man who heralds and entertains the thinking of another — whether with favor or contraire — has been captured without a net.

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In the secondary mails, all requests and stupidity comes C.O.D.

…..and a man from out of town writes to the Advice Doctor: “Dear Doctor: I don’t like it when people use the word ‘stupidity’ when they just as well — and with much more civility — could just as easily say, ‘ignorance.'” Dear Sir: Ever imagine that that’s why they do it?!! …(And the postman exclaimed, “Whew-wee-e-e!! — Let me outa here.”)

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One man says he finds it interesting — (if strange) — to hear the tongue referred to as “The welcome mat of the mind.”

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In the deep recesses of the human psyche is where ’tis heard explorers say: “Lo, what light through yon window breaks?”, and when the arresting officer shows up says, “No sir, I didn’t throw the rock — I just got here.”

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In a three dimensional world within six minutes after a secondary “statement of fact” is made, it will inexorably drift into becoming a “best guess.”

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Well Known Proverb Hit In Drive-By Shooting: Many are called and a lot of them say: “I’m not home”; “I don’t want any.”; “I gave at the office.”

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The past only haunts the dead………………(well, the “seriously ill.”)

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As he skipped along, one kid sang,
“Secondary creatures
With little bitty brains,
Are secondary creatures
With real big pains.”

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Micro Myth Number 17 For A Monday: The bruised and bloodied rebel pushed his way through the regulars to the front of the bar, and in spite of all norms of expected reason and decency, said quite distinctly, “Another double-shot of the inevitable, if you please.”

…..Major Myth For The Following Day: Many tried to hide their disappointment by pretending they weren’t disappointed.

…..and a viewer writes: “Is it actually possible to laugh in the face of the unavoidable primary?” Dear Viewer: Who else’s face you gonna laugh in?!!

…..and another viewer thought to himself: “Ahhh, I don’t know about that: I’m not so sure I want to run the risk of making the primary world mad at me….” …(And the better part of his mind struggled to say, “‘Mad at you?! — Mad at you?!’ — Are you totally bonkers?” — What more have you got to lose!”
…(During nine o’clock servings Cardinal Chef gave these directions: “A significant portion of the primary world’s power is in its ability to scare the bejesus out of men without actually doing anything.” ….[Extra gravy for those with nerve, stamina & foresight.])

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…and Kyroot noted: The older an idea the more verbose ’tis inclined….(Thus is nourishment spread and history laid out.)

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A fellow with a portable microphone was on a central city corner saying to the passing crowds, “Uncivilized men do uncivilized things, as also do the civilized — but they just hide it better; That, Dear Passers-By, is what distinguishes the two.”; (And many fine citizens went home with the blues.)

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The soldier said, “I am no fool — I will not go out to be shot at for less than sixpence a day,” and his friend the intellect said, “Me too.”

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In that wondrous and glorious world of man one man, to help guard against becoming “too religious” and thus be no wise the worse than merely religious, whenever he felt the need to pray, would only pray to himself; and had only one prayer he’d pray, he’d say to himself: “Bite my ass.” Moral & Continued Building Instructions: The secondary world can take a lot; advanced Blueprints: The secondary world can take all you’ve got; final Directions: That’s why it is the secondary world — and you’re not. …(P.S.: A properly-put addendum can always render the dangerous, incomprehensible.)

…..”P.S.” to the P.S.: The gods love a cheerful giver — but not enough to notice him. …(And a kid wondered, “Is that the whole purpose in having ‘morals, post-scripts, and punch-lines?!, And the left hand a right one for a friend?!…. [Moral — Not!: That which the secondary can’t snatch, it never provides.]
…(And another nipper mused, “Is that any way to spell ‘continuity’!)])

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Nobody believes anything new the first time they hear it — except a revolutionist….and he immediately forgets it.

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Then Kyroot offered another example of how life still has the odds stacked in its favor: All horse races could be won by cheetahs; That’s why it calls them “horse” races, and limits them to equestrian entries. …(Disturbing corollary that shouldn’t be mentioned in polite city company: “If man’s mind could make the rules it’d have a lot better chance.”)

…..then sinking to even greater depths of seditious exhilaration, Kyroot added this to that: Many people will get sick and wounded just so they can say, “I’m sick — I’m wounded.”

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Parables were invented by those in them. …(And two weeks later a correspondent wrote to say: “I believe your program would be more interesting if it made more reference to religious matters.”) Moral — I’m sorry, Consequence: “Mercury is the beginning of all wisdom.” …(“You mean like in the god, or like in mirrors?”)

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And a man writes to the Advice Doctor: “Dear Doctor: Why does everybody seek advice?” Dear Sir: Everybody doesn’t. “Dear Doctor: Everybody I know does.” Dear Sir: So?!!….

…..Those who don’t know where to stop, won’t.

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…and Kyroot noted: Regardless of how it may appear to the ordinary eye, groups do not dominate one another on a secondary basis. …(Slogans are not as strong as the mind believes — [inasmuch as only the intellect has any faith or interest in them to begin with.])

…..After a visit to the city’s political pits one kid said,
“People with a view
Make me go ‘Phew!'”

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After a thorough study of man’s amusements and pastimes this one man offered his conclusion; “Those who can’t get into stamp collecting, or pornography, or gardening, (or something like that), often end up wanting to save the world.”

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At the very least the revolution is always at a right angle to present “pros & cons”.

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A chap standing on a traffic island, midtown, was shouting out this personalized etymological message to passing motorists and pedestrians, “Those who didn’t have enough — and were ashamed of it — invented the term ‘short-fall’.”

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When rain would threaten this one dog’s hair would begin to come out; when fear was about, his master’s convictions would start to get runny.

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Then Kyroot extracted this short burst from that popular folk song book, “How Things Actually Work Around These Here Parts, Farmer Jones”: “Most of those who wanted to be remembered as having said something witty in the sixteen hundreds died by the seventeens.”

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In the rebel’s repertoire there are only two kinds of seriousness: The insincere and the accidental.

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Near the discount store a man said, “Those with little teeny brains are those who have opinions and beliefs.”…(A chap sweeping up the parking lot said that since this particular Kyroot was rapidly coming to an end there’d be no time for opposing views to be presented at this time.)

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History in another gear — in another key: Once men discovered the efficiency of habitual thought they realized the propriety of laying out roadways and railroad tracks. …(As he drifted between planets, one being asked his own kid-self, “Does water run down hill, or, did down-hill cause there to be water?”)

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Instead of thinking, (in the ordinary sense), this one man calculated…. ….(except he used no numbers.)

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A gentleman inquires, “In the midst of battle does it help to stare?” …(During the Third Act of yesterday’s drama, the second base coach of the visiting team remarked how curious it is that people continue to believe that life will “let them down” when it was life that put this whole thing together in the first place. …[The gentleman re-inquires: “Does this actually have anything to do with my question about staring in the midst of battle?”])

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One guy’s conclusions stayed right around the bend.

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Then the city said, “Now everyone, close your books, and put your heads on your desk.” And one lad said, “But I don’t have a book.” And another said, “I don’t have a desk.” And still a third observed, “I don’t have a head,” to which secondary life replied, “You come up and be Teacher’s Helper.”

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Those who help support and progress the continuity of human thought do their duty — their duty, and no more.

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Then there was this other man who, instead of thinking, (in the everyday sense), took quick mental snap-shots…(except he didn’t put them in an orderly fashion in the album.)

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An ole man told his kid, “Remember: If you can be ‘nouned’ you can always be over ‘nouned’.” Then seeing the confusion on the lad’s face added, “Such as: If you’re ever ‘concerned’ you can be too concerned.” And the kid weighed this a second and said, “But ‘concerned’ is not a noun….” And the ole man replied, “Yeah, but you still see the point don’t you!…(Surprise telegram for the Birthday Girl & Boy: “A revolutionist example doesn’t have to be correct or make sense to be instructive. Stop.” …[Now blow out the wish and make a fist.])

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The rebel’s greatest land holding is in portable property.

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(Although there is no proper three-dimensional category in which to place this, I’ll give it to you anyway and you can just carry it along with you when you go): Those who don’t think are always wrong.

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A viewer of our program writes: “Dear Kyroot” I think more people actually understand what the revolution is about than will admit it. …(My brother says the operative verb in my theory should be ‘can admit it’ rather than ‘will,’ and I told him — ‘Ah, come on!, get outa here with your bad self’.)”

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One man said he had a dream; He said he dreamed of a whole new world, and he said in this new world there was a new kind of religion, and that in this new religion, instead of having priests, confession and prayers, at the appropriate times you’d get taffy and go to the dentist. …(Regarding such matters, a chap with a scarf says: “A proverb delayed is a proverb dismayed.” …[One of his twin cousins later stated: “It’s hard to be happy and miserable at the same time,” and the other one redressed, “No, not if you’re human.”])

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“Looking back over your shoulder” is proof positive of two incontrovertible facts!

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Then turning to the History & Sports Section from Tuesday’s edition, Kyroot gave this “grappling guideline”: Never put a hammerlock on the past…………(unless you intend it to be a “submission hold.”) …(Wait up!, a gentleman wants to ask: “How can it be, [as you have past said], that memories are the glue that holds together man’s intellect — even civilization itself — and at the same time you continue to make quite rude sounds in its direction. Come now, you cannot have it both ways.” — [HAH!, that’s HIS dumb-ass opinion])

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And a certain rebel said, “He who will think what has already been thought has now been chained to the cot in his 3 by 6 cell.

…..”But wait up!”, attempted to counter a fine city mind, “If you are born in a prison — then you can have naught to ever lose!” (And yes, I guess he’s right…….[if that makes him feel any better].)

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A man near an intersection said, “In the universal world of trans-miscopic physics, a man with a penguin will attract other people with penguins.” And a certain synaptic junction in another chap’s brain heard and said, “What do I care about non-flying arctic birds when I have almost no concern about thought itself?!” …(And as always — the chap had no possible reply to this; for when your own brain’s ‘got cha’ — you’ve been got!)

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Fresh ideas are short ideas.

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…and K. then told of: A certain farmer said to his brother’s visiting eldest son, “Well, those who believe in the overriding power of culture at least have faith in the potency of man.”

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“Life”, (a one sentence play): As they paused and pondered what to do next, Next said, “Whew!, at last I can take a break!”

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A man with sores in his mouth will walk the last mile with you……….(it gives him more time to complain.) …and a viewer asks: “Does this have anything to do with the often overlooked, physiological basis of man’s religious leanings?” Signed, “Don’t-Bother-To-Answer-Since-You-Never-Have-Before” — (which of course is not true, but which I am not allowed to dispute; …[If this seems unclear — try it with your own brain.])

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In lieu of dessert this evening I thought you might enjoy hearing one man’s latest notion, (and sugar free at that), notions he: “Human consciousness is this universe’s attempt at a slight adjustment.”

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And the afternoon mail brings this other letter into the Advice Doctor: “Dear Doctor: Why do almost all relationships hurt?” Dear Sir: Why do you wear shoes?

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During the recent urban sanitation strike, (or was that just a “slow down”?….), the Whisper Man In The Alleyway issued this message, “The true irony of life is that there is none.”

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A mother hen told her little chickees, “Having a lot to do won’t insure that you’ll do a lot.” And one of the brood asked, “But by the time we die, and go to see the Big Rooster In The Sky, won’t we have done just as much as was necessary for us to do?” “Yes”, she replied, “But no need to think like that now and spoil the rest of your life.” …(From such humble beginnings do such major traditions as “The Great Rhode Island Red Religion” arise.)

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“Man” (a one line historical commentary): One man said, “I’ve had it up to here!”, And here replied, “Not yet you haven’t!”

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“Hurt feelings” are day-old bread.

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Holding true to his binary birth and polarized education a correspondent writes: “I have decided that a revolutionist is either he with the supreme hobby, or else none at all.”

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From inside an insider’s jelly roll Kyroot took out and read this insider’s tip: “Those who absolutely don’t know what’s going on often like to credit the gods with helping them reach this position.”

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As he would struggle to think outside of routine surveys this one man would remind himself, “Don’t squint, and don’t squat.”

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One of the functions of the secondary world is to provide a marketplace for advice. …(And a kid kicked the ole man in the ankle and said, “Pa Pa, when I grow up can I go where there is no bazaar?” And the older one screwed up the corner of his mouth as he attempted to rub the feeling back into his pedal-digit, and pondered “I wonder how the little fucker is spelling ‘bazaar/bizarre’?!!….. Why if he’s sharp enough to be so engaged in word-play, and the manhandling of homonyms he may prove exceptional yet!”

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A man with an opinion in the city, gave it to us: “We have two sides to our brain for the same reason we have two eyes: One to see with — the other to complain with.” …(Only a revolutionist can vacation at home.)

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And more from the correspondence files of the Advice Doctor: “Dear Doctor: Sometime back you made the comment that ‘Some men are smarter than others — but not enough as to make any difference.’ And after pondering on this quite a while I am almost positive that this is not correct.” Dear Sir: So, I was wrong!

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Then Kyroot had the nerve to offer up yet another one of those so-called “Unrecorded Historical Facts & Feet Notes”:
“‘Moral leadership’ was the original paradigm of
The ‘Trickle-down theory’;
But unbeknownst to man,
When the model was first seen it was laying on its side.”

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That which is in curious contrast to everyone’s passionately held beliefs and opinions — that too is the revolution.

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A viewer writes: “Listening to you afforded me a kind of release in that I finally did realize that those who preach religion, psychology and the like are actually just entertainers; but now what bothers me is that I don’t think they realize it.”

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Life has a parade planned just in your honor.

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Overheard conversation between an ole man and a kid: “Many people will accept your advice if you pay the postage.” “But how could it be otherwise?” By the recipient actively participating.” “But then it wouldn’t be merely advice.” “Ah HAH!!”

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And a telegram just arrived that says: “Trying to be original on a 3-D bus that runs on binary fuel is like trying to get a brick wall airborne. Stop. Write if you get work, stop — or ever get that damn wall off the ground. Stop….maybe.” — (end of gram).

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The harder it is to live an intellectual life the easier it is to trouble over what others think of you.

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Life announced, “There will be a test,” and the creatures screamed, “A test?! — We just got here,” and life said, “You failed.”

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While personally watering a tree, a rebel sarge told an adjacent recruit, “You’re not really a revolutionist until you absolutely don’t care — and no one even suspects it!”

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As his neural field began to expand, and he tasted original thought, he said: “It may not be heaven or ecstasy, but what a new meaning to fun.”

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Noted a chap with a melon under his arm, “If mis-steps would break as many notions as they do bones we’d all stay in mental traction.” …(The local Medical Board had, interestingly enough, just announced that it was totally “unlawful” to practice medicine without a patient. …[And thus it remains — A greater need for advice than for original thought].)

…..a kid nudged the ole man and asked, “I say, does that last Kyroot address the matter of it only being a revolutionist who can ‘treat himself’?!”

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A fish that does not take the vagaries of the water into account as he makes his personal plans goes by a very special name — he’s known as the “dumb fish.”

…..fish that depend on the whims of the waters also have their own private label, they’re known as the “ordinary.”

…..(third verse): Fish that do neither of the preceding……aren’t normally spotted in local waters.

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After everything is done twice the rebel awaits the third.

…..Everything that has been thought has been stamped; and only the revolutionist can see that it says, “Spoiled”.

…..Through repetition the ordinary seek the miraculous, the rebel by originality.

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One local day around this one local area the Three God Brothers were looking out over the local creatures and one of them remarked, “Let us cause man to subdue his appetites.” And after a local moment had passed another of the brothers added, “Let us make man a secondary world.” Then a bit later the last brother burped and said, “Ah hell then, let’s just make man man.”

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When it was his turn in the rotation he took his place in the speaker’s area, park-wise, and said to the waiting crowd, “When time and space meet — things occur.” He made a slight bow and stepped down from the soapbox, only to be approached by a gentleman who said, “I found what you said most interesting, but I wonder then, how can we ever determine what things it will be that will occur?” And the speaker nodded, “Yes, yes — we’ll cover that on my next appearance.” …(Once upon a time a young widow’s son sat under an arbor with his trusty hamster, and as the sun began to set, said to his faithful furry companion, “Is it just possible, Chaucer, that men’s minds tend to make more of phenomena than is actually warranted?” …[The young rodent smiled to himself and thought, “Me thinks this is not the first time a Kyrootian character has toiled and pondered in this particular vineyard.”]; …Then as darkness crept ever forward, and time seemed to peel away from space, our narrator departed the scene and allowed us to return to normal.)