Jan Cox Talk 1202

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As regards the routine forms of human entertainment, one man
says: “I don’t really care much for my own thinking, so why
should I pay to be a witness to someone else’s!?”

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The origin of everything was silence, but then came man —
then came speech. The origin of everything was silence, but then
came speech — then came man.

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What seems to be your original physical and mental
personality is not simply some sort of “curse” or villainous
aberration to be overcome, but is, by god, the basic you, and
must be fully utilized in your attempt to escape from you.

…..Although the mind is as constrictive as railroad tracks, it
has the unusual, canny ability to lay rails going away-from, and
out-of itself.

…..Dictum De La Choo Choo: You gotta use what you got! — And
thank god — men have minds!

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They worked as a team — in the spring, his dogs would shed
their hair, while he would unload recently acquired mental fat.

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One father told his son: “If you want to get technical
about it — the closest there is to being a valid form of
criticism regarding man would be that pertaining to those
reflective of regression in his overall development…but even
that’s iffy — due to the unpredictability of the weather.”

…..”I told you before sir — you kant go in there.” “It rains
— therefore I am.”

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Definition
Nothing: What to think about when you have nothing to think
about. …(But does that stop must people!?)

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One man told his mind: “I have decided to become your
mystical — your transcendental ‘guru’ and lead you from the
neural land of ignorance, error, and uncertainty, into the
universal light of truth, wisdom, and eternal peace.” And his
mind asked: “How much is this going to cost?” And the man
replied: “Well-l-l…now there’s the problem.” And his mind
said: “Forget it!”

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On the road to being more conscious is the ability to talk
— almost indefinitely, about things no one else even thinks
about. …(For those who might care to “sing along” with this,
next time it comes around, you’ll find it on page 123 of your
joke hymnals.)

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One day, a certain civilized, educated, successful &
sophisticated city man thought: “It is the hungry who are truly
fortunate.”

…..Related thereto is why outlaws continue to pop up as
heroes.

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A man who can think — has no teacher! — except someone
had to teach him how to do it.

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Never look a gift calmness in the mouth. …(Although the
surprised mind will almost make you do so…damn ‘im!)

…..Men born to power boats can’t help but believe that they
should always be on the way to somewhere! — even if it
continually proves to be nowhere. …Or: If you’re not really
interested in going to a certain place, you won’t necessarily
jump for joy or on the bandwagon when the opportunity to go there
presents itself…now will you!? ** “Gentlemen, pull up to the
starting buoys, the race is ready to begin — and give a wide
berth today for Buddha, piloting Miss Budweiser IV!”

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Only people who’ve lead interesting lives write their
autobiography.

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One man looked at modern life as it whirled around him and
asked: “What good is the wider distribution of information if we
still can’t fix the blame!?”

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One guy’s distilled motto: “Life is great — people suck.”
…Tell me — what are we to do with people like that!?

…..Yet to be publicly revealed are the dynamics underlying the
reason why nothing in life comes even close to making humans as
mad as other humans.

…..Is analyzing life a trashing of life?

…..Is being here in life it’s way of trashing you?

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How Normal Verbal Concepts Have Let You Down Again, In The City
Everything has a third opposite.

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When men describe transcendental states of conscious as
being one in which the usual boundaries between one’s “I”, me,
ego, and individual sense-of-self are dissolved and one is
seamlessly merged with all of creation — what are they saying
other than that life itself is alive, and that within all
universes, everything is universal.

…..When a man sees that there is nothing to be out from — he
is no longer troubled by spurious notions of finding a way out.

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Wild Animal Tip For Everyone With A Wild Animal
It’s easier for them to keep you lashed down if you lash
out.

…..Only a mind running on gasoline will knock human nature.

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As had become the norm, local conditions told the creatures
who could hear words: “Life’s back on the prowl — takin’ asses,
and handin’ out names! — Did you receive yours yet?”

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A question, one man presented to himself: “If the reality
of life could be plotted down to an exact, mathematical formula
— would I still believe it!?”

…..His son is the one who once wondered if there was some
significance in the fact that the words “would” and “why” began
with the same letter. (!?)

…..Book title — previously used in several variations — now
brought up to date: “The Looseness In The Machine.”

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The “Trouble” With All This
Trying to get the mind to “shape up” using mental means, is
like shooting it in one foot while it forever awaits the second
shot.

…..One man thought: “If it weren’t for reflections I’d have
nothing to reflect on.”

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One “Passing Method” (As You’re Passing By)
Try and think some place other than in the head.

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And now for a topic entitled:
“Quit Worrying About Being Duped & Conned By Others — Look Out
For You!”
If you develop your own system of thinking, and your own
paradigm of reality, and you begin to take the system and
paradigm seriously, then — look out!

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Mentally — one man quit talking to himself, he said he’d
finally concluded that he was just too damn stupid.

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See — what consciousness “won’t” — or “can’t” tell you is
that the mind doesn’t give a goddamn what it thinks about, just
as long as it thinks about something.

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All closed systems are a fool’s illusion — but those who
can’t even see this are the biggest boobs of all.

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A guy thought: “Things aren’t quite as funny to me as they
used to be — oh, they’re still ridiculous, but I just don’t seem
to laugh at them as much.”

…..The ties between humor and understanding are as subject to
divorce as any…I suppose.

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Habit makes life tolerable for the habitual.

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When he was younger he thought: “If my mind would work
faster, I’d be more conscious.” He later began to think of it
as: “If my mind was more stable and predictable, I’d be more
conscious.” He says now: “Screw it!” — that he doesn’t want to
think about it anymore.

…..The sunshine mechanic peered down into his opened hood and
mused: “Funny thing about these engines — the same fuel that
runs the radio, turns the drive shaft.” And a man standing
nearby heard this, and couldn’t understand what it meant, but was
too embarrassed to ask about it.

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City Rules You Can Ulses
The dumber you are — the better you should dress.

…..(Hum-m-m-m-m-m…Okay, let’s try it like this): The less
you know — the more you should talk. …(Is that one gonna fly
any better!?…)

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Life: Spelled With A Capital And a Small “L”
One man thought: “The trick maybe in not being anxious!?”
And this uncertainty caused him to be edgy.

…..Gimmie an “L,”
Gimmie an “I,”
Gimmie a rhyme
Other than “lie.”

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The stomach had a port,
The privates have an aim,
Everyone has some place
To go, except the brain.

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Modern Definitions From Busy City Life
Education: The illusion that you’re learning something.

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One man thought: “My mind is like a sore — and I, a
finger.”

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Whenever he wanted a particular something, one man was in
the habit of getting less than he thought he’d ultimately need;
then later — (although he saw the two as being part of the same
dynamic) — he began to initially procure more than he thought
was necessary, and found this to be the more satisfying approach.

…..At times when he felt disciplinary action was called for,
this one father would try and frighten his would-be
transcendental son with these words: “Remember: Increased
consciousness won’t just ‘rub off’ on you.” But still the lad
would often go to bed imagining it as possibly otherwise.

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One man says he’s begun to think about other people’s ideas
(pro or con) as exotic rats in his mental corn crib — which he
says is unnecessary since he has his own home-grown variety.

…..Metaphors are useful only to men in mental rain storms —
dry minds enjoy, rather, the pleasures of point-blank parasols
with sun holes punched in them.

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In a closed system – even those who “hate themself” are
their own best friend. The reason that such an impossibility is
possible is that the system itself is alive, and what seems to be
its closed, finite nature is in fact, the reality of the viable
components that make up its life — man, to wit.

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Sitting at the bar, a man realized: “Drugs make my mind run
faster. Oh barkeep! — no other rounds over here.”

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How To Determine If At Least One Famous Quip Has Any Validity
If you are alive, the sucker has been given an even break.

…..A man thought: “The way things are shaping up I believe I
may ultimately become my own daddy.” And life parried: “Too
late — my little ‘only-recently-aroused-one’.”

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The axional musical score of one man’s thought processes
looked at the Top Forty Science Chart — then at similar ones for
the arts & religion, and thought: “I’m a cross-over hit.”

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The Dialogue Between The Game Show Host & One Contestant
“What is more fun than thinking?” “Not thinking.” “Good.
But now: What’s even more fun than that?” “Not, not thinking.”
“Excellent. Now do you want to go on?” “No, Bob, I don’t think
so — I don’t believe I can take this any further than that
without doing myself possible serious harm.” “Well! — all
right, contestant! — I know-w-w what you mean! …And we’ll be
right back after this short break.”

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Another Real Life Example Of How The Mind Wished Things Worked
As they watched the torpedoes inexorably speeding toward
their ship, the newly assigned lieutenant gripped the captain’s
arm and said: “You do have emergency plans in place for
situations such as this?!” To which the commander replied:
“Yes, I’ve given instructions that everyone should drown.”

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One man’s mind says that its favorite mornings are those in
which it is awake, but — “not talking.”

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One Man’s Dream — Or, Nightmare — (Or, Something In His Head)
For years he attempted to “calm the waters” whilst
simultaneously searching for winds.

…..The lifeguard told the guy with the beach ball: “It’s dicey
trying to picture some far-away, extraordinary place while
stranded on a near-by, ordinary shore.”

…..So, okay! — So I’ll admit it again: The whole thing’s
actually pretty simple — it’s just hard to do.

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One day, this one person thought a quirky question to
themself — quirkly: “Would I prefer to be bored-to-death, or
dead-to-death!?”

…..This is another breathing example, from heaving, real life,
as to how, when ordinary minds reach the outer banks of local
ennui, they will begin to thrash about in the water and start
yelling out about: Sickness, aging, bad luck and funerals.

…..”Well, Monty, since the second door is already taken, could
I have a sequenced bikini instead!?”

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Anyone not smarter than themself, is not even smart enough
to be taken into account.

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Those who believe
This a duty
Miss the fun and
Most the beauty.

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There are precious few paths outside thyself.
…..And the truth you need, writes itself.

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