Jan Cox Talk 1068

All City Thought Is Incorporated

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#1068 Dec 28, 1992 – 1:00 
Notes by TK

Kyroot to :25. City thinking is thinking about thoughts of others, whether to accept or reject, to incorporate same into one’s own thinking.

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     …and Kyroot began: 

……First — you must outsmart yourself.

 …..Second — you must out think yourself.

 …..Third — you must learn to think for yourself.

 …..Then you’ve got to get over yourself, and get on with your 

business.

                               ***

     No matter who you are — that’s the way you were born.

               Next question.

                               ***

     Regardless of what you’ve heard:  The beginning of all 

wisdom is wisdom — period — that’s it.

 …..then Kyroot gave:  The Collective’s Version:  The beginning 

and end of all wisdom is whatever you’re already disposed to 

think.

                               ***

     Slop begins at home.

                               ***

     Collective thought is a form of intimidation.

                               ***

     The mind is the great divider — the mind, the great bridge.

                               ***

     To be serious is to be captive with no need for a cell.

                               ***

     If it takes fifteen minutes, after you awake at nine, before 

you can get the needless modifiers out of your thoughts — don’t 

start thinking until nine-twenty.

                               ***

     To an independent mind, 2 plus 2 can be almost anything.

                               ***

     To most, death appears the only possible escape — What does 

this say about their life?

                               ***

     Non-thinkers can only comment on the thoughts of others.

                               ***

     A partisan mind is a city harboring a fifth column.

                               ***

     No activity is an institution until it has raised commanding 

structures.

                               ***

     The ultimate purpose of being in a neural herd is to make 

you accustomed to being in a neural herd.

                               ***

     Everyone’s reflection is ugly.

                               ***

     …and Kyroot asked:  Who but provincial minds, when finally 

told their true position, would be upset by it………..even if 

it was a prison cell.  A man who can think uses new info to act 

— or to think some more, but never to suffer by.

                               ***

     To defend your ideas is to paint a sieve.

                               ***

     You’re not yet independent if you still think of it as a 

minority position.

                               ***

     A partisan mind by its very construct will eventually turn 

belligerent.

                               ***

     Any harmful potential of an idea is activated only when it 

is passed from one person to another.

                               ***

     Collective thought is always morbific by virtue of its 

infection of self-interest.

                               ***

     …and Kyroot noted:  The intellectually captive love to 

speak of education.

                               ***

     There’ll be no smart alecks in heaven………unless your 

side wins……….or the other one does.

                               ***

     Partisan words are condoms for safe, ordinary thinking.

                               ***

     There is no individualism in a neural herd.

                               ***

     A man who can’t change trains when it’s inconvenient can’t 

do so when he wants to.

                               ***

     Conditions are for the conditional.

                               ***

     A prison is not truly a prison until an inmate has thought 

the same thing twice.

                               ***

     To call a man dumb may injure him — to do so aloud will 

certainly do so to the caller.

                               ***

     To defend your ideas is to change the programming by burning 

down the station.

                               ***

     A man who relishes, sufficiently to quote, the good ideas of 

others, may become a scholar.  One who only feels so toward his 

own may become independent of mind.

                               ***

     The weak always give up — the really weak do so gradually.

                               ***

     If you don’t have a mind of your own it’s difficult to 

change it —————- and easy.

                               ***

     Regarding the battle between critics and the creative:  If 

you play on city fields you’ll never win.

                               ***

     …and Kyroot defined:  Institutions:  The breeding grounds 

for collective infections.

 …..and Kyroot noted:  You can define yourself out of business

 …………………..(thank god).

                               ***

     Into each cell an escape plan must fall, and must assume 

various forms — but they’re all for the same purpose.

                               ***

     Only those who plan to die worry about death.

                               ***

     Acceptance of collective thought is the supreme addiction.

 …..An independent thinker can lose everything.

                               ***

     Words truly mean a lot to some — but never as much to the 

ordinary as they believe.

                               ***

     Neural belligerency becomes an unplanned form of trench 

digging.  (‘Tis tricky for a blind mine-field-layer to retrace 

his steps.)

                               ***

     The predisposition to be yourself is the beginning of all 

slop.

                               ***

     Confinement only becomes prison after those therein begin to 

take the notion seriously.

                               ***

     To defend your ideas is to redefine suicide.

                               ***

     Everyone has a twin brother who’s not related to him.

                               ***

     There are two requirements for an idea to be potentially 

“dangerous”:  First is that you must either accept or reject it, 

and second is that it must come from someone else.

                               ***

     An independent mind’s business is singular in that its only 

department is Research & Development.

                               ***

     …and Kyroot cautioned:  If they can shame you — they can 

arrest you.

                               ***

     Those who need to feel insulted will manage to do so.  An 

independent thinker may travel some on the weekends.  …(You 

didn’t really expect I was going to say the obvious?!)

                               ***

     No matter their religion — everyone’s hobby is their statue 

of Saint Francis.

                               ***

     The unstated purpose of collective thought is to keep man 

collective.

 …..There is the danger that an individual might think 

independently.

                               ***

     Prisons are not held together with mortar but by repetition.

                               ***

     We all drown, but cows holding hands do so unnecessarily 

messy.

                               ***

     The difference between “just thinking” and “independent 

thinking” is greater than any difference between any ideas 

themselves.

                               ***

     General endeavors need impressive structures to help 

compensate.

                               ***

     When it comes to a partisan mind understanding reality, the 

bottom line is that there isn’t one available to it.

                               ***

     As they get old, the pretty pout — ideas petrify.

                               ***

     The civilized world is so short of significance that men’s 

personal problems assume exaggerated proportions. 

     * Prison is a serious matter!  —  to those there in. *

                               ***

     If intelligence is not a personal matter to you then you 

have none.

                               ***

     Originality is foreign to teachers of the collective; as is 

creativity to their artists.

                               ***

     Remember:  Prison tests are to find out how dumb you are — 

not how smart!  For if you had any intelligence, you wouldn’t be 

there to begin with.

                               ***

     Certain thinking makes muscles excessively tense.

                               ***

     The vocabulary of the independent is for the sake of his 

independence — not to entangle others.

                               ***

     All partisans eventually get wounded.

                               ***

     To a real thinker, only thoughts from a certain source are 

worthy of serious attention.

                               ***

     Neural captives are the true homeless of life.

                               ***

     …and Kyroot gave a:  List of Benefits:  A sad or angry man 

doesn’t have to think.

                               ***

     When the collective sneezes, prisoners’ noses run.

                               ***

     Anyone whose thinking is not more fun than any form of 

entertainment doesn’t know about the independent kind.

                               ***

     Conversation is a trapeze act among the civilized.

                               ***

     Prisons love a happy prisoner — but are perfectly satisfied 

with whatever kind they get.

 …..Reality just adores a cheerful cow — but in the long run 

— a herd is a herd is a herd.

 …..Authority helps keep one from having to think.  * Cows just 

love the crack-of-the-whip. *

                               ***

     A changed mind is not a new mind — ergo the independent’s 

lack of interest in reform and conversion.

                               ***

     Only a hermit is free — and he’s not if he has a name.

                               ***

     In confinement, an idea that is hard to refute is impossible 

to refute.

                               ***

     There are two subjects on which ordinary minds can easily 

speak:  On how bad things are with man, and on how they’re likely 

to get worse.  Only in independent territories is anything to be 

heard regarding the real possibilities of what man might could 

become.

                               ***

     Captives who’ve never seen daylight can be inexpensively 

kept passive.    

                               ***

     Life provides a brain — reality, a mind — what part have 

you played?

                               ***

     The collective can’t be suicidal.

                               ***

     The independent minded have a certain advantage about which  

others do not know — or care.

                               ***

     …and Kyroot listed  The Choices:  You can either sit in 

your cell and think about your captivity; or you can sit in your 

cell and dream about escape; or you might try something else.

                               ***

     No one wrestling with the thoughts of others will ever 

discover what real thinking is.

                               ***

     In captives, minds are more easily frightened than even 

sphincter muscles.

                               ***

     Information coming from institutions is never unbiased in 

that they are committed to their own stability at whatever cost 

to independent thinking.

                               ***

     There are two ways to take other peoples’ ideas seriously 

and thus be captured:  by either accepting or rejecting them.

                               ***

     A neural accident-waiting-to-happen can be a positive 

possibility to an independent mind.

                               ***

     Nonpartisan thinking is the x-ray glasses that see through 

slop.

                               ***

     Believing that there are several ways to do anything — 

including a wrong one — keeps most from trying anything new.

                               ***

     No one else’s ideas are ever on an independent mind’s 

agenda.

                               ***

     To be alive is to be predisposed — to know so is to be-on-

your-way.

                               ***

     Only a man who’s “gone-too-far” has gone too far — and 

thoughts can’t do so.

                               ***

     …and Kyroot marveled:  A mind with two legs of its own is 

a wondrous sight to see.

                               ***

     Life can think through anybody — and the independent take 

their outlet to be the one of singular personal significance.

                               ***

     …and Kyroot remarked:  Advice:  A cheap substitute for 

thinking.

 …..and for the benefit of those who can look in both 

directions, Kyroot continued:  Advice:  A cheap substitute for 

thinking.

 …..and finally to see that you were all “tucked-in” safely and 

securely, Kyroot added:  Prisons love a cheerful giver and 

receiver — thus-&-ergo:  Advice:  A cheap substitute….(blah, 

blah, blah, blah).

                               ***

     To collective minds original thought borders on gibberish.

                               ***

     Talent is not necessarily sequential.

                               ***

     Those who escape go nowhere.

 …..and Kyroot added:  Those who escape go nowhere — those 

who stay go blind.

                               ***

     When collective failures can be seen as hidden successes, 

the purpose and power of partisan thought becomes clear.

                               ***

     From an expanded, more independent view — things aren’t 

“relative” — just connected.

                               ***

     Words construct civilized structures, and can likewise bring 

them down.

                               ***

     …and Kyroot asked:  Why keep your mind locked up and put 

away —- what are you saving it for?

                               ***

     There is a form of thinking that cannot be done using 

someone else’s ideas — but it is too bizarre and liberating to 

be of general interest.

                               ***

     An independent mind lives in a kind of absolute solitude.

                               ***

     Kyroot’s Law of The Battlefield:  Those who urge their ideas 

will eventually fall on them.

                               ***

     Surrender once — surrender twice.  Surrender twice — and 

forget it!

 …..but, (Kyroot added), when you know how:  Lay down your 

weapons  —-  surrender and win.

                               ***

     What an independent thinker knows comes from independent 

sources.

                               ***

     Primal failure is death — and the secondary variety makes 

life seem intolerable.

     …then Kyroot asked:  So — what’re ya gonna do?!  Who you 

gonna call?!  When you gonna start thinking for yourself.

                               ***

     …and Kyroot presented New Equations:  Mine plus Not-Mine 

equals Everything.  Mind plus Not-My-Mind equals All Explanations 

For Everything.  Independent thinking eats them both alive.

                               ***

     There are those who believe that this sort of activity talks 

mainly to itself.

                               ***