Jan Cox Talk 1211

Everyone Can Understand What’s Going On With Life–They Just Don’t Want To!

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Date = 11/29/1993


The News

One day a certain boy approached his father and said: “For
the sake of something I want to ask about, could we pretend for a
moment that you personally know from experience what an expanded
state of consciousness is?” And his father replied: “Okay, we
can do that.” So the lad pressed on: “Then sir, tell me this:
Would you say that the point and purpose of such an experience is
so that one will sense the oneness and brotherhood of all
things?” “No,” replied his father, “I would not say that.” So
the boy asked this: “Then would you say that the purpose of it
is for one to realize the distinction between reality and our
perception of reality?” And again his father replied: “No, I
would not say that.” And after a brief pause the boy put it to
him like this: “Then sir would you say that the whole point and
purpose of such extraordinary personal excursions into expanded
states of intellectual awareness is — for those who have them —
that they had no other choice?” And his father replied: “Yes
that, but also add the fact that it was just as much fun as
they’d always imagined.”

…..One man used to try and hide from himself in the woods —
but this does nothing if you remain the woody one.

***

Men like to talk about the idea of “nervous energy” since
that’s the only kind many of them have.

…..Never say when
You can say many,
Never say many when
You can say most;
And never say most when you could just as easily —
Shut up!

…..Men initially conceived of the possibility of having
modifiers in their speech and writings, based on their childish
conception of how malleable was their mind.

***

This letter came in: “For awhile I really found your
program interesting, and almost had to watch; ’til I suddenly &
finally realized that if life wanted me to know what I was doin’
— it’d tell me! — So who needs you!? Sincerely,” and so on.

…..”Ahhh!” — (from some views): “Until the price of postage
goes up again — relief is but 29 cents away.” ** In the herd,
religion is always affordable. …(“Sincerely,” and so on.)

***

The Supra-Subtle Restated
Listening to stupidity won’t help you much to get more
conscious — not much more than will eating prunes help you
launch a satellite.

***

One Of The Many Things That Everyone Knows Instinctively To
Live By, But That Is Still Good To Be Heard Put Into Words:
It’s real important to talk to yourself.

***

Two kids were sitting under a tree talking and the first one
noted: “It’s serious people who seem to run the routine world.”
And the second replied: “Yeah, it seems so, but I wonder if
they’re really all that serious in private?” And the first one
had to think about that one — …(what with him just being a
kid, and all.)

…..Automotive News From Finland (& Above)
A mind operated on the fuel normally available, will always
tend to knock, and run seriously.

***

Two beavers were floating around on their backs in the sun,
and one of them said: “It’d be neat to have human
consciousness.” And his pal asked: “Why?” And he replied:
“Well, just think what a conversation starter it’d be — you
could walk up to a girl in a bar and say: ‘Hi — guess what? —
I’ve got something that is both a spear and a shield, a wound and
a dressing, a disorientation and a compass’ — just imagine how
impressed she’d be!”

***

A viewer writes into the show with a question for Professor
Explosion: “Dear Professor: Can it ultimately prove
disconcerting to realize that you’ve wasted your whole life in
ordinary thought?” Based on advice from our legal counsel,
Professor Explosion will not answer any inquiries from viewers
who do not furnish proof of their own ordinariness.

***

No matter how much rest he got, one man’s mind still worked
the night shift.

***

Back during basic survival days, men had to fight over food;
now they have nothing to fight about — so they have to make up
something. ** The above twenty-five words may be freely used as
an operational definition of many, if not all, of civilization’s
most common and respected institutions.

…..Game Time!: Question: Why do human’s have such large
heads? Answer: So that they’ll have some place to wage war in
case no one else is around.

***

And by request, we’ll define & describe it again: Unusual
Consciousness: Consciousness without the side benefits. Next
time ’round we’ll take up a non-standard examination of just what
does constitute “benefits.”

…..Yeah — you’re right — why wait!?”: To a worm, a chimp’s
ability to recall more complex concepts is a side benefit to
anthropoidal consciousness, and to a chimp, man’s ability to
speak is an added benefit of normal, mortal consciousness, and to
carry this progression onward, you’d be faced with having to
consider that the next level of additional benefits regarding
consciousness might be in the ability to shut up and still
remain so.

…..Tacit Truism Of The More Perceptive
Benefit is as benefit does.

***

Once he became old enough to be interested, one boy’s father
began to talk to him about life, and one day said to him: “The
idea of God is man’s cry for help.” And the son replied: “Well,
that seems obvious enough.” To which the father responded: “Are
you sure?” Some time later the father again spoke to the lad:
“A man’s cry for help is a desire for greater understanding.”
And the boy replied: “But under certain conditions could it not
be a cry for additional physical powers?” And the elder
expanded: “It still would not be the same, since men know that
the latter is not to be.” And thus did the father subtly
explain to the son the basic nature and promise of human
intellect.

***

Tip For The Everyday Guy
If you can’t live good, it can be good to recount the life
you have lived.

***

1-2-3
Simply “being alive” is a big deal, if you’re a simple
person; everyone is born a simple person; …(and some people
seem to get worse!)

…..The young freshman asked the instructor: “How can anything
be subtracted from nothing?!” And the elder replied: “But it
can’t.” To which the student responded: “Then how do you
explain my spending of my resources in coming here!?”
…..Fact
Everyone can understand what’s going on with life — they
just don’t want to!

***

As he waited on the corner for the cross-town lightning,
one man thought: “If, ‘being you’ is your main hobby — then
you’ve got a shit hobby.”

…..On this one planet they used to tell little children that
the “buses didn’t like smart assess” — but seeing as how
everybody over that way had their own rocket ships anyway, what
the hell did the nippers care. Those not still trying to eat
their own schedules might care to note that this may well concern
how a peculiar person might analyze the standard routing & wiring
of his own neural systems.

***

The simple compose allegorical fables with animals
representing man; the more sophisticated do so letting technology
& machines stand in for him; a more conscious version, I suppose,
would have man symbolizing himself. ** Medical Caution: If you
are given to any sort of weakness in the seams that hold your
head together, it’s best that you don’t think about this.

***

One man watched tv just so he’d have something to bitch
about; another man read the newspapers for the same reason, still
this other guy saved himself some bucks by just using his mind
for the same purpose. P.S.: If you can laugh at this, you’ve
yet to realize that it is not funny.

***

A viewer writes: “Will not thinking thoughts make them go
away?” Try it sir — try it and see. …(Am I getting too
predictable with that one, you think!?…)

***

Philosophers: Those without the guts to go further.

***

During a certain passionate, trying interlude in his life,
one man took himself out to a secluded, primeval woods, and after
falling quiet and reflective for a considerable time, looked out
toward the sky-ie distance, and finally began to speak: “Life —
I have something I want to say to you — and I know that you
could certainly kill me for what I’m…” and life suddenly cut
him off, saying: “There’s no use in going any further after
you’ve said that — now is there!?”
…..Might I, right here, offer a “hint” that being, that most
men do not know how to properly talk to themselves. …(Would
you care for a “hint-on-a-hint”!? — There is no proper or
improper way of doing it inasmuch as you aren’t the one doing it
to begin with.)

…..The Human Mind: A form of starvation that has no finality.

***

Only the civilized have a duty beyond the property lines of
their own yard …and even then we’re talking, illusionary duty,
and imaginary property lines.

***

After a prolonged, curious study of his own ordinary mental
processes, one man began to view them as letters being written to
him by someone else; he then contacted his mind to tell it not to
bother writing him anymore unless it wanted to include some
erotic photographs of itself.

…..Yet another sign of a more spirited man is that he fully
understands that: Stimulation is as stimulation does.

***

A Little History On The Lighter Side
The first time a human experienced an expanded version of
neural consciousness, not having any idea what happened to him —
he involuntarily yelled out: “Oh my god!” — And since no one
still knows exactly what it is, or what to call it, they simply
took to referring to it by one of the words that that first man
used in the dazzling excitement of that first experience.

…..”See, son, history is easy — if you don’t get all ‘caught-
up-in’ the past.”

…..Some Arty Archaeological News
Painting only became possible after men conceived of the
idea of borders.

…..An “After-Lunch” Quiz: What do these have in common:
death, trim, and all forms of punctuation? ** One man made up a
list of all the words he’d ever used before and decided never to
use them again, and his mind immediately intruded to scoff:
“Hey man — don’t make me…” And the man suddenly said: “Don’t
say ‘laugh’ cause it’s on the list.”

***

Normal Thought And Ordinary Kinship
Once he fully realized what had been going on inside his
head all this time, this one man decided not to take in any more
boarders, even if they were his own family.

***

A person asks: “Is trying to be conscious in a new way like
an un-plugging of the mind, or more like a re-wiring of it?”

…..Definition: Collective Intelligence: The supreme fuse
box.

…..Query: Even if it proves ultimately improbable that you
will become individually, and personally “more conscious and
perceptive” isn’t it still worse to simply remain im-personally
where you are now!? P.S.O.: To a secret few, the answer is so
obvious that they never even think about the question.

…..To the alert: A dumb question dead, is a happy dumb
question.

***

How To Pinpoint More Precisely Exactly Where You Are
In A Civilized Area
The simple be all the time wantin’ somethin’ from you.

…..And An Addendum Insert:
In “civilized” territories even the most sophisticated can
still be shit-simple.

***

In semi-private, this one man has come up with this
sloganistic approach: “Cut ’em off at the pass! — Cut ’em off
at ground level! — Cut ’em off at the gum line — but what ever
you do — cut them off!”

…..A man wrote the Perception Doctor: “Dear Doctor: Could it
be of advantage if I quit thinking about other people and
thought only about myself?” And the Doctor replied: “Could be.”
And the man wrote again: “Then Dear Doctor: Could it be of
benefit to me if I quit thinking about myself?” And the Doctor
replied: “Could be.” And then the man didn’t know what to ask
next –!?!…

***

Each morn, one man gave himself this advice for the day:
“Don’t let your mind go sticky.”

***

Beyond all of the already-used, obvious physical examples,
what is it that truly distinguishes man from every other
creature? — (Are you ready!?) — His asking of: “What’s going
on here!? — What’s this all about, anyway!?” …(And coming
from the beaver corner, a soft chuckle.)

***

In his spare time, this one man has come up with a theory
that he calls the “Spare Time Theory” and wonders of what use it
might be — !?!

…..The closing Dudley Jones Averages reveal that the routine
mind has no spare time.

***

The prince one day asked of his personal, regal advisor &
tutor: “Okay, then, like, what are my choices? — Like I guess I
could be sedated, stimulated, or constipated…And like, are
there any other, maybe!?!” And the advisor thought on this for
awhile, then finally replied: “Did his majesty put you up to
this as some sort of test of me?” And the prince turned his head
away as he severely smiled & grinned, thinking to himself:
“Maybe when I get a bit older I can take over Professor
Explosion’s column.”

***

Listening to others
Can drive you nuts,
And listening to you is
Not much better;
The zombies upstairs are
Wanting to dance, but
Lessons just make them get deader.

***

One day one father said to his son: “I am here from another
planet.” And the boy replied: “I always knew that you weren’t
my real father — that is, I mean to say that I’ve always known
you weren’t my regular father, and for that, I am most thankful
— wherever you’re from.”

***

The realm of man that is his uniquely, is built on words —
thus, its seeming fragility, but moreover: Man has yet an
underdeveloped concept of just what constitutes real strength,
and true frailty.

***

Those whom life makes constantly laugh, are those more truly
alive.

…..(The key idea herein is that it is life who makes you laugh
— life, and no one else.)
***

One man recently said: “All who read, or who listen, are
thieves, I am sure this is true, but I do not grasp its
significance, nor do I know what to do about it.”

***

If you answer your critics — you deserve having them.

***

More Similes & Comparisons As Spelled With “S’s” & “K’s”
Trying to bring yourself to a new state of intellectual
awareness through any ordinary mental methods, or by talking to
yourself is like a stalwart sailor busily building life boats out
of gaping holes.

…..”Okay, Mister Smarty-Talker! — So you’ve told us once
again what another level of consciousness would not be — so what
would it be!?” Well, Mister Insistant-Inquirer, for one thing:
It would be holes and openings that are silent — though I will
note in advance that man’s everyday notion of what silence
actually is, is open to expansion & revision.

…..Some Fresh Psychiatric Fruit & News
The routine & civilized believe that other people can “drive
them crazy”; the routine & civilized believe that their own minds
can “drive them crazy”‘ but hey! — us’ens here know better,
what!?…(well, know more.)

***

Seems all this talk & excitement got this one fellow
thinkin:’: “Since ‘not-knowing-what-you’re-a’doin’-in-life’ is
no impediment to living a normal life, wonder how it’d be if you
did know!?”

…..A neat thing life is not generally credited for is that it
offers a constant array of “hints” as to what is really going on;
but what is double neat is that most of them are slightly askew
& misleading.

…..It takes a straight man, to see a simple thing, all done up
is a real crooked manner.

***

After half a life time, one man finally turned to his mind
and said: “Look — if you’ve got a point to make — make it! —
and shut up.”

***
Talking — even to yourself — about being more conscious,
is sort of like trying to shoot barrels in a barrel — there’s
really no room to get started.

***

A young man told his father: “I’m running out of things to
think about.” And his father replied: “You ran out of new
things to think about years ago! — It’s just that you’re now
starting to realize it. Congratulations.”

***