Jan Cox Talk 1129

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Coming from some where within his own building, one man
heard this song arise:
Bullets and ballrooms,
Bullets and ballrooms;
My brain and some parts,
All stick to the small rooms.
Life sees to it that local conditions provide all men with their
fellow man, who are all surveyors and who will “lay-out,” and
“mark-off” your proper mental property.

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Game & Test Time: Okay! — Show us just how dumb you are!
— Point your finger!

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And now over to our Definitions Desk for this: Unrecorded
Description Of “Civilization” As The Mind Ordinarily Knows It: A
captious web man has woven so as to not feel so naked, free, and
at inexplicable “loose-ends.”

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Wart-wranglers tend to note the nodules of others. Query-
Dearie: What the hell kind of proverb is that?! — And, why the
hell do men keep needing them anyway!?

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At city level, life gives you a choice: You can either
believe that you have a choice, or not.

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One man thought: “How can you change if you realize that
there’s nothing wrong with the way you are, and that there’s no
basis for your criticism of others!?” And the lower portion of
his brain went: “Phew! — boy, you scared me for a second! —
I’as afraid you were going to ask, ‘Why would you then change?’!”
You may be on the road to real thinking if the kinds of
questions that “make no sense” to everyone else become the only
ones that make any sense to you. And a wiry thinker smiled as he
mused: “Ah!, it’s great to be hanging out here — alone, just me
and all the other great, heroic thinkers… Hey! – where’d
everybody go!?”

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Backward people can afford to be humble — “Nothing
ventured” from nothing to be ventured. Life loves a sinking ship
— in particular that part of itself that is an ocean floor. Ode
To Life & All Local Conditions:
Oh you can’t get away, No you can’t get away;
Even when you get away —
You don’t get away.

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One guy told all his ancestral thoughts: “Hey, let’s all
get together and beat ourselves up until we recognize who we
are.” And nobody immediately “caught on” — but, that’s all
right! — there’s always tomorrow, and always another guy. One
man thought: “If I was ‘local conditions,’ what would I do for a
living!?…”

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More Reports From: “City Views”: At first — individuals
seem important…

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For you viewers who find yourselves temporarily between
channels, here is another opportunity to play: “Go Figure”:
When men prepare themselves to “learn something new,” they
prepare themselves to be serious.

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In this reality (or universe), there is more than one level
of warfare possible (if that’s what you want to call it): One is
that: Whoever talks the loudest, wins; another is that: Whoever
hits the hardest, wins — (and there’re others).

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Who enjoys calendars more than the weak!?

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In a flock — sheep insulted, deserved the affront. —
Think about it, you thinkers! — How else can you cut it!? —

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A Cynic: One who believes that life is mooning everybody,
and that only they realize it.

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There’s no way out of partisan thought. Part Two: There’s
no way out of partisan thought — thus is everyone’s mind always
at home.

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A correspondent writes: “What men call their ‘private life’
is nothing more than their intellectual life — and after
considering what kind of intellectual life most men have, it’s no
wonder they want to keep it private.”

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Now for some, Medical News: Hormones are so-o-o relieved
whenever neurons will finally let go of some idea that’s been
driving it crazy.

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One man thought of everything that could be thought of,
once; then he thought about it twice — then said: “That’s
enough.”

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Ancestry: A sticky spot on the floor.

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Question: How long can men collectively, and individually,
keep thinking, and thinking about, the same things — over and
over!? Answer: How long do you want civilization to last!?

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One man stood, and offered this idea: “Those with no future
always look to the past.” And the ghosts of everyone ever
present in that room joined forces to kick the shit out of him.

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Anything properly thought about once is thought about for
good.

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To be civilized & polished is to dance-with-ghosts and have
the gentility not to mention it.

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Why would a real thinker ever argue!? — Better yet: What
would he have to argue about!?

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How Things Still Manage to Work In Spite Of It All: Men
wouldn’t ride a train to no-where unless they believed it was
going some-where. A man thought: “Things sure are simply seen
when simply put.”

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One villager said: “I no longer fear the king’s
executioners — not even his tax collectors; — it is the
spokesmen of the gods who now give me the serious willies &
heebie-jeebies.” A side bar notation for anyone who can hear
beyond their own routine range: The just mentioned villager
lived both in the world, and within himself, and so too, all the
king’s men, and the voices of gods. Such a shift in view can
alter and clarify what ordinary minds believe to be intrinsically
cloudy and inherently in-alterable. So much for infinity, and
omnipotence — for a mind on the move.

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Those who know-better no longer have to pretend — but one
of the luxuries of such a condition is that you can then well
afford to — at no cost to yourself.

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Definition: Advertising: Public display of the
collective’s greed.

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If you keep trying to tell “what kinda guy you are,” you
won’t have to ever make any real effort to become some
particular kind of guy.

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More Definitions: Worship: Public display of the
collective’s anxiety.

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The uncivilized tend to act uncivilized.

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Still More Definitions: Public Relations: Public display
of the collective’s ego.

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One modern building had this personal motto: “Be wise today
— madness, tomorrow.”

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And Still More, More Definitions: Human Progress: The
combined public display of the collective’s greed, anxiety, ego,
and doorway to tomorrow.

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And now this item from our “Serious & Not-Serious”
department: Being dumb is not serious; not being dumb can be.

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A cheap man’s a
Happy man,
Cause he
Figures when he’s dead he’ll
Have-a-plan.

…..Oh yeah — just in case you hadn’t already guessed — life
and local conditions are in cahoots.

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Man’s “institution-of-television” invented the concept of
“Children’s Programming” once it realized how dumb is was!…or
was that “Adult Programming”!?…Corollary: Men concocted the
idea of the “news” after they realized that nothing was going on.

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There was once a man who for many years roamed the halls and
stacks of the city’s library, as he dreamed of the ability to
free his own mind from the confines of all that had been
previously thought; and then one day, as he stood alone, reaching
up high for a certain book, he was suddenly struck with this
private neural possibility: “A man who can actually think-for-
himself has killed his own wild duck.” Folks — I don’t vouch
for the news, and I don’t comment on the news — I just report
it.

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Now for additional Definitions: Man’s “Fellow Man”:
Janitors to everybody else’s condos. Out-Of-The-Game Definition:
If you can understand that last definition, you don’t even have
to hold onto Boardwalk, or Park Place.

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A man stopped one day and mused: “If civilization even-at —
Nay!ù — particularly-at, it’s loftiest levels were as important
as men claim it to be, then why are there no wars over art the
same as there are over land and food!?” Once a creature’s
nervous system can make noises, both internally and without, that
seem “individualistic,” then those things become significant that
they pretend are significant. Note: There is no local
alternative to this presently available.

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Definition of a, Real Independent Thinker: One who (if he
ran amok) could punch real holes in everyone’s make-believe
balloons. Hold up there! — Query: Why might a real thinker
ever run amok?! — Hey! — Don’t ask me!

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Now for some news from the Literary & Academic Worlds:
Recently released statistics prove that 87% of all authors wrote
their book because no one would listen to them when they talked.
And so that they could go on promo tours and pick up their sex
life. Footnote: One way you can identify “City Intellectuals”
is that they will individually, insist that they are not merely a
“statistic” — a “number” on somebody’s list! — Hah — Footnote-
we-one-and-all — Hah! — don’t they wish!

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Fact: Most institutions can look after themselves quite
well as long as they are allowed to take care of their own P.R.
Fact-O Two: How you gonna stop ’em!?

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The Song Of The Man In The Grip Of The Urban (And It Within
Him):
Oh —
I don’t know, and
I don’t care;
Replace my teeth,
Reweave my hair;
What to do when you,
Live in the city!? — Hormones, don’t fail me now!.

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Reflected one tune smith: “What-are’ya-gonna-do! — I’m
either knee-deep-in-the-blues, or, waist-high-in-myself!”

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The following comment from one man: “It is no mere accident
that the words, ‘digital,’ and, ‘diligence’ begin with nearly the
same letter!”

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Ordinary minds can all afford to think what it is they
naturally and normally think — not so, Prince Valiant, with a
real thinker. Does the world of real thinkers have its own
myths? — Yes! — but they disappear and are forgotten as soon as
they’re thought of. Ahhh!

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Neither civilization, nor the normal sanity-of-sequential-
are possible without heroes. Still more reason that a
few…

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Using some personally conceived of mathematical formula, one
man has given himself a minimum and maximum amount of time to
think about each word in the dictionary.

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And we will return to the news after this brief commercial
break: Life reminds: “Hey! — I told you to buy something!”

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A thin veneer,
A thin veneer;
What have we here!?,
A thin veneer.
The preceding was a hymn in praise of Civilization, and the
Sanity Of Man. (Patent Pending, and Protected where
appropriate).

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And now a note regarding a social grace — “Hey I done told
you my name ain’t Grace!”: The ultimate form of modesty is
silence. …(This is also the “last word” a thinker always has
and exercises.)

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Tandem Tales For Both Little Hormones & Baby Neurons:
Children fear the dark — adults, a life without heroes.

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It is every ordinary man’s duty to carry on whatever coals
of civilization are needed — but a would-be thinker is already
thinking: “I’m dropping these bastards, first chance I get.”
Local reality is a forgiving reality — …(inasmuch as life
doesn’t seem much inclined to let internal minions commit
suicide.)

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Thinker’s Law: You gotta keep listening — so you gotta
keep your head out the window.

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And now for an “In-House, Inter-professional Feature”: Many
anchorpersons will periodically try and make some news sound
light, and slightly playful; they do this without realizing the
basic humor always present in everything they report.

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How To Tell That You’re Really Beginning To Think: You have
no thinking peers.

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Everybody carries around a broken watch.

…..Everybody carries around a broken watch that they refuse to
fix.

…..Most people don’t realize that it’s broken — and even if
they did, they don’t know how to go about fixing it.

…..A thinker throws the god damn thing away.

…..Also, just in case you hadn’t already figured it out for
yourself (as hard as that is to imagine) — serious ideas are
dumb ideas. — *…and a real thinker threw the damn things
away! *