Jan Cox Talk 1225

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The News

The winner of today’s third race was: “We’re all on a
journey, but most aren’t going anywhere.” (Who paid ten to ten.)

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Only forces not absolutely certain whether they totally
control you or not, must remind you that they do. Cf., life
itself, and its institutional representatives.

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The Old Sarge — I’m sorry — the Old Sage one day so said:
“The mind is a curious creature in that rather than “do nothing,”
it will entertain all manner of irritants.”

…..”Now, hit the dirt and gimme fifty!” “Is that fifty push-
ups Sarge, or fifty meditations?” “Okay, the rest of you break
for lunch and showers.”

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News and history are to remind man how close he can come to
being insufficiently rigid and civilized.

….. Hormones, Neurons, Body & Mind:
A Drama Both Wild And Calm In But One Short Act
“Ah my dear — to the manor born, is it?”
“No my lord — to the barn born — to the manor imagined.”
“Ah my dear! My precious, precious dear.”

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The title of the lecture was listed as: “How To Tell How
Things Are Going,” and the speaker opened with these words:
“Sickness counts for nothing unless you die.” And before anyone
could raise an objection he continued: “If you doubt this —
just look at a dog; no mere illness, no matter how painful or
serious, possesses any validity unless the creature experiencing
it can speak and has a master to speak to.” And someone in the
audience finally interrupted and shouted out: “Well, how about
life itself, as regards the human experience!?”

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The Wise Old Carbuncle — I’m sorry — Wise Old Uncle, told
the young ones: Least you feel either too proud, or ashamed of
your top, or bottom, remember this: Neurons naturally envy
hormones, and hormones surely would neurons — if they were
capable of such mental feats.”

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The Simplicity Of A Suave And Seasoned City Life
You won’t seem hip and sophisticated to hip and
sophisticated people unless you act hip and sophisticated.
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Another Of The Things That Everybody Knows But That No One Has
Ever Heard Described
If you want to do something you normally wouldn’t do,
constrict your consciousness and while this can be assisted by
alcohol and other drugs, it is simpliest done by the mind.

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One man said to his friend: “What I really like about words
is that you can put them together all sorts of ways, and make
them mean any thing you want them to.” To which his bud replied:
“Yeah-h …but you shouldn’t say that.”

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Linguistics Update
If you have fully functioning neurons, and hormones, then
you know a “dead language” whether you realize it or not.

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The Old Doc — I’m sorry, The Old Demented One — no, make
that, The Old Sagacious Diagnostician so spoke: “The stomach
controls what the brain does, but not the other way about.” And
everyone immediately had so many questions that he refused to
answer any of them.

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To be polarized & partisan is to be adequately rigid.

….. A Ruddy Reminder
Anything that works on anybody else will work on you.

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Local reality told the people: “Civilization ties your
hands so as to set you free.” And thus far they’ve believed, for
thus far it’s been so …in a so-so manner.

….. Another Free Tip From New Intelligence
The proper way to escape an illusionary prison is to
neither take your captivity, nor your liberation, personally.

…..”You see son,” said the old salt, “Fish taking imaginary
nets as real is what gets ’em caught.”

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To evidence his increased comprehension, one man shaved this
message in the scalp of his front lawn: “‘Tis a sorry dog who’ll
turn on his own master, or a man who’ll criticize life.”
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One kid said to his ole man: “In mulling over this idea of
expanding one’s consciousness, it strikes me that you could
either be working on the mind itself — or, on the thoughts OF
the mind – (!?!).” He looked askingly at the elder after saying
this, so his father replied: “Okay, then ponder this: If you
wanted to go on an automobile trip, would you first work on the
car, or on the travel plans themselves?” And the kid staggered
off in a more excellent funk than he began with.

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Every culture’s had a song entitled: “Love Is The Cure For
Everything,” which is another way of noting that pleasurably
stimulated hormones can always lay neurons temporarily to rest.

…..He misses it, who does not see that well placed lust has
had as great a civilizing influence in its own fashion as has all
of the arts and religions.

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One day, some time ago, a man called all of his neighbors
together and said to them: “I think the time has come when we
should start acting like, ‘being-alive’ is more serious and
important than we’ve always taken it to be.” And in mass
astonishment they all exclaimed: “Why in holy-hell would we want
to do that!?” And he suddenly shook his head violently and
said: “Jezze! Forgive me — life made me say that.”

…..Yes folks, in that particular instance it was indeed a
“close call”! But as you all know, only too, too well,, that was
not the end of the matter — no sir — not the end of the matter
by a long shot! …(Shit!)

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Some City Neural, Fiscal News
The headline on the brochure read: “Invest in a coma!”
…(And even those who understood it — pretended they didn’t.)

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The Basement Dweller’s Credo

If it don’t either: Make you dizzy, cause you to belch, or
get you pregnant — to hell with it! Note: Many people who live
upstairs, secretly live in the basement.

….. And now some: “Community News”
Life has an “Out-reach program” — it’s known as “Death”!

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Amongst the mystical hordes they believe that “having a
system” — any system — is better than no system at all.

***

Another way you can look at civilization is as it being the
Complaint Department, and “Attempted-Return-Counter” for those
times when neurons are really-y-y sick about something hormones
have made them do.

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The Secret Connect Between Lust & The Expansion Of Consciousness
Everyone should be attracted to someone better looking than
they are.

…..(Or) — “Retold”: Never get on a bus that has a driver
dumber than you are. …(And had we not forcibly restrained
them, all the passengers would’ve yelled: “We knew that!”
…(Yeah — right!)

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How It Is Regarding Backward People & Regressive Thought
If you “pick on” someone, they’ll think they’re important.

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One Peculiar, (Or Perhaps Just, “Particular”), View Of The
Sequence Of Local Progress: First — the mind, then —
individual personality, then — civilization, and then …it just
— “all goes to hell!”

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Statistical Divisions At Normal Levels — Abnormally Considered
Everyone is — “slightly” different, just different enough
to believe they’re different.

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And now — “Here’s To Your Health”: Life provided man with
head lice so as to remind him that he had a brain.

…..And now — “Some More Health & Exercise News”: No brain —
no pain.

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Unusual Science
Life continues to discover itself, and man is one of its
instruments.

…..What efforts are you making in a similar direction?!?

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The Benefits Of Improv & Mental Uncertainty
When it comes to neural dancing — a man with no script, can
always dip.

….. Retold
Leap! Then decide where you’re going to land.

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The overly civilized like to dream and dramatize states of
less civility, and restraint: Dream-of and dramatize them — but
not live in them. Hey! They may be civilized, but they ain’t
crazy!

…..”Daddy, what do the uncivilized dream of?” “Ah, come on
Little Sport, you know as well as I, the answer to that.”

***

And Now, “Our Thought, (Or As Some Like To Say: ‘Vapors’)
For The Day”: There are some things people simply don’t want to
talk about! But hey! That’s okay, cause there’re some people
that things don’t wanna talk about either.

***

Winter Gardening Tip
The only criticism of man that could even approach being
possibly valid would be one that was new and fresh. There is no
criticism of man that is new and fresh. …Now go fertilize
those crops!

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No thing can be subject to an expose unless you first take
it seriously.
* Another Helpful Hint For Those Who Do Not Like To Be *
Disappointed By Things That Should Not Have Such A Capacity,
* As Applies To A More Alert Person *

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Stable, strongly-held political opinions are like a
chain link fence for the mind: They’re ugly and will rust, but
you don’t have to feed them.

…..Whenever he was just “coasting along,” having “everyday
thoughts,” this one guy’d say to himself: “Here I am again!
Ridin’ the ole ‘doo doo train.'”

***

If you give up the mythical quest — you’re dead before you
die, and the earlier you die around these parts, the better off
you are.

…..The preceding message was brought to you through the
combined courtesy of: Life, Death, and Local Conditions.
…(Each-&-every-one — I might sardonically add — your friend.)

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Mortal Prostheses In A Nutshell
Weak people are happy people, so long as strong ones still
survive.

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For the day’s cooking lesson the chef began by singing:
“Take out the nourishment, take out the fun; take out the flavor,
and when you’re done — what ‘ave you got?” And the class yelled
back: “Civilization!” And all got an A — for the day.

…..Over at the city newspaper, one of the Social Commentators
& Critics found that pouring honey into his typewriter worked no
better than did pouring in glue.

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The World’s First 3-D Fairy Tale
Alright now children: There are two kinds of bears out in
the woods that can get you, spatial ones and temporal ones; but
also remember: Neither can get you if you don’t think about
them.

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One man’s consciousness tried to get him to teach his mind
this little maxim: Long boats — long oars; short boats — even
longer ones. …(Although I for one am not positive the mind
would’ave gotten it anyway.)

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Definitions Ahoy!
The living dead: Zombies
The living dazed: Everybody else.

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City, Cerebral Survival Tip
Those who think and, speak in cliches, may live to speak,
another day.

…..Just out of ready hearing distance, the all-star, “Who
Cares!? Memorial Marching Band,” began playing their most
requested number, their version of Handily’s “How’s-That-Grab-You
Chorus.”

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When it came, “Definition Time” one little lad stood up and
delivered his: “Civilization,” he pronounced, “Civilization:
The world’s only imaginary structure built, & supported solely by
the common-consent of its inhabitants.” And a girl sitting up
front, verbally confronted him by retorting: “What about man’s
personality!?” “Yeah — I’s gonna add that.”

***

One man named his dog, DumbAss Gruntweiler, with the
explanation: “It was either — him or me.”

…..A viewer writes: “Why did you recently say that you should
never send a duck on an important mission?” Watch out, kind
viewer! Lower your head, quick! That’s right! You guessed it!
It was either him or me.

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Conscience: What the plantation master told all the neurons
to do to hormones any time they seem happy and satisfied.

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Civilization must be just as rigid as its inhabitants —
after all, who do they look to as their model!?

…..Phoney see and phoney do, this keeps us phoney, through and
through.

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One man’s mind, (aggressive little devil it sometimes was),
one day said to him: “Those who give me trouble — I give
trouble!” To which the man replied: “Save your breath! I,
above all — knew that already.”

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The “real” mystical teachers are those who themselves were
never taught.

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Original consciousness was like a stilled ocean, then the
mind appeared as ever restless waves; there is no such thing as a
“stilled ocean”! What are you, nuts!?

…..I don’t care how you’re dressed, or what you’re called, if
you’re not always “looking ahead” — you’re no sailor!

…..The “worst is behind us,” for one simple reason — the
“worst” is always the “past.” …What are you — nuts!?
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How To Tell That You’re Getting Old
You begin to doubt that the worst IS behind you.

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One sophisticated city father told his would-be hip son:
“It doesn’t pay to criticize others.” And the son asked why.
“Cause us critics never unionized.”

…..As he sat by the roadside a man mused: “Since civilization
is a car that’s not going anywhere, you can push, or pull it up
make-believe hills with ropes of only dreams.” And a lion
lurking in some bushes, hearing this, muttered: “Man! People
have all the luck!”

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One man become so “intimately familiar,” (if you know what I
mean!), with his own mind that he became absolutely SICK of it!

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Death: The ultimate rigidity?!? …No! Life — civilized
life. * Rigor monotonous *

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In a sudden flash of insider’s sight, one man was so struck:
“The clearest thought I’ve perhaps ever had is: ‘I’m hungry.'”

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The mind can only speak precisely regarding things it has
constructed; the body does not have to speak since it does not
invent its life.

…..”Daddy, is this why civilization has no one to ‘look down
on’!?”

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“Say, Professor Lumski, do you think we could ‘wrap-this-
little-matter-up’ now?”
“Well Clifford, I don’t see why not, so here goes: ‘A rigid
man is a happy man — if he lives in Stiff City.'”
“I like it! Professor, I really do like it.”
“Well, good Clifford — that’s really good.”

…..Remember, boy & girls & sheet-surfers: If you can’t fool
yourself — you can’t fool anybody.

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A Modern And Ancient Medical Description
Ordinary Consciousness: A personal brain constriction.

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And Even More News From The City
The poster on the side of the building read: “Be Civilized!
Have Regrets!”

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Here’s Yet Another Approach To That Thoroughfare
You can look at the mind as a highway, and its thoughts as
never-ending, unstoppable passing cars — or, as a road out of
here.

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Those who criticize man’s normal, civilized existence simply
reveal their own stupidity in that they take not into account the
alternative.

….. “Tote that barge,
Lift that veil,
Get a bit too frisky, and you’ll
Loose your place in line.”

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Civil Entertainment: Another View
Consciousness doesn’t care if pigs roll in shit. Enjoy the
show.

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In describing certain aspects of the city, one man so told
his son: “Over there, those who tell you things are getting
worse are lying to you, and those who tell you that they’re
getting better are giving you too much credit.”

…..One man’s neurons said to his hormones: “Let’s clear this
up once and for all; tell me which aspects of civilization don’t
you like.” And they replied: “Name one.”

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One guy got so multi-cultural, and multi everything else in
his thinking that he began to loose his mind, and in response
thereto, ran to the rooftop and yelled: “Hoo-ray!”

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All Of This Kind Of “Weird Activity”
Simply Explained In One Sentence
The world’s most common hobby is being an ordinary part of
life; the most fascinating is — trying not to be.

…..Footnote Unrelated To The Above: What’s the good of
knowing what’s going on if that wasn’t your intention to begin
with!?

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In the mind,
In the mind,
It’s always question and
Answer time;

In man’s life,
In man’s life,
This seems to keep him in
Constant strife;

But – Oh my dear,
Just look a’here,
Whatever in the world is that
Unusual looking thing
Over in that undisturbed corner!?

***

An adventure that has an end is not really much of an
adventure.

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The mind is here and there, and in time — everywhere, but
consciousness is now.