Jan Cox Talk 1228

The Most Civilized Hate Civilization the Most

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#1228 – 01/07
Notes by TK

Speech as justification of civilization. Like a voice-over to explain the action on the screen. The most-civilized most hate same. They must most justify, rationalize civilization. Speech is the absolute support of civilization and deserves no criticism at all.


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On his living tombstone, one man inscribed these seven
lines:
“The fewer the words the better;
The fewer the words the;
The fewer the words;
The fewer the;
The fewer;
The.” And then, nothing.

…And for those of you keeping count — yes! I did include the
line of nothing as part of the series. …He’d a’wanted it that
way.

***

After some years of pondering life from a certain, “off
beat” view, one man ultimately asked himself: “Is just reality
— entertaining enough!? …” (Editor’s Suggestion: It was for
him, but he was wondering about others.)

***

As soon as they had been introduced she said: “Ahh —
Lawrence Whitmore! I’ve heard a lot about you.” And he
secretly glanced up ruefully at his own mind and thought: “So
have I — so have I.”

***

The indigenous dense will pretend to ponder matters, “far,
far away” so’s not to have to confront local, pointblank ones.
…Then civilization — and its many, fine, fine institutions —
all groaned and rolled their eyes in unison to display their
displeasure at my comment.

***

Dousing a dog’s rump with flea spray will cause him to turn
round & around before sitting down even more times than usual;
same with trying to deodorize a man’s beliefs and opinions.

***

So’s not to let it, “rain on his parade,” one man stopped
having parades. Such — yes, such — is the persuasiveness of
guilt-driven, civil existence.

…..As they skipped about in the woods, just at the edge of the
city, the merry band of neural pranksters sang:
“Oh, thieves and harlots are we,
But, oh no! You’ll never know!
…Cause we ain’t gonna tell!”

***
In attempting to explain his somewhat, shall we say,
“curious” title, one man said that he originally intended to
become a “magician” but that the word, “maggot” showed up before
it in his dictionary.

…..The life of the “would-be-unusual” is seldom an easy one.

***

From an “out-of-towner’s” view, here’s how things should
‘ave gone: Followers should always be most serious, while their
leaders, (kings, priests, etc.) should never be. That’s how it
should’ve gone! That’s how it could’ve gone, …but it didn’t.
Note: “Tis not too late for this to be so as regards you and
your relationship to your own thinking.

…..And a viewer writes: “Hey man! Don’t be giving me no
‘personal tips’! They just make me feel even more obligated to
think about them, and then, even guiltier when I don’t. So —
‘Hey man!’ Don’t do that — okay!?”

***

The evolution of man — as known by the more conscious — is
a “History With No Foundation.” …And for those present, I
could add: “Think about it!” But if you could — you wouldn’t
have to. …(And, by-the-way, of course, that last comment was
totally without foundation.)

***

The theatrical city decreed: “Let all of our villains
incessantly stare.” …And thus, that “certain deed” was
accomplished.

***

May I reiterate, for your personal inspection &
consideration, the comparison: Thinking, local — consciousness,
universal. After that, a man can call this sort of activity —
anything he wants to; but in fact — in the above — it has all
been said and covered.

***

One song writer’s latest effort, he calls: “Everybody Wants
To Be Sick But Nobody Wants To Die.” But his publisher suggested
he reverse the title. “Well, DJ-Jack — just for the rhythm of
it, I’d give it an eighty-five — ’cause at least you could kick
a serious man in the balls to it.”

…..Remember this, city dwellers: In the “Age Of Information,”
the FCC has yo mama by the genetic short hairs and won’t be
letting go any time soon.
***

The importance of maps is to keep you from going any where.

…..Every mystic needs a system — every tribe, their own
tradition.

…..If there’s one thing that civilization is really good at
it’s in telling everybody to stay, “right where you are!”

….. “Since they —
Don’t know where to start,
And don’t know how to stop,
Every body in the city
Thinks they need a cop.”
* Always the sound of: Systems, traditions, rituals, and
institutions. *

***

As regards this kind of activity, a viewer objects: “If
life had a’wanted us to do more with our minds than just, ‘think’
— it’d give us the potential to do so! What d’ya say to that!?”
I say: “Right on, viewer! Right on!”

***

Defiantly, one man proclaimed: “No one embarrasses me but
me!”

***

Slipping in to his father’s private den, the young lad tugged
at his pants leg and asked: “Why is Pa Pa, that the concept of
‘Awards’ is only decried by those who’ve never received one?”
And his pater was so pleased that upon the boy’s broad chest he
pinned, six battle ribbons, four gold stars, and a homing device
from another solar system.

***

Unbiased Peeks At The Unchartered Operations Of Human Institutions
A man on a “recruiting mission” for a “higher calling”
will: Pick your pocket, piss on your foot, and put lewd moves on
your baby sister.

…..This is not the exception, this is the rule, so forget
about “irony,” and get on with your life.

…..When lions wish to convert lambs to the feline religion
their first act is to eat them. This is what hormones & history
tend to do with man’s mind both individually and collectively.
So, go on! Get on with you own neural life.

***
The dumb cannot “put on” the intelligent — but they’re dumb
enough to believe they can.

***

Don’t Tell Me That No One Understands The
Inner Workings Of Civilization!
When the son had reached abrupthood — I mean, adulthood,
and was ready to go take his place amidst city life, his father
gave him this snowing away — I mean, going away useful tip:
“Over there — if success seems to be eluding you, you can —
(as a stopgap measure) — always do this: Whilst in important,
sophisticated company — fart! But, immediately fess up to it!
They’ll love you for it.”

…..Later, as he walked along, on his way toward the bright
lights, the lad dreamed of someday changing his professional city
name to: “The Warm, (If Smelly) Comfort Of Publicly Embracing
The Idea Of Regression.”

***

Theories, concepts, postulates, opinions and beliefs are all
just fancy names for — thoughts. That’s right — just plain
old thoughts.

***

A viewer raises this point: “It seems to me an undeniable
fact that since men seem driven to change, then either life
really is not as it should be, and they sense the need to correct
it, or else they are simply deluded.?!?” You missed it, dear
viewer! You drove right by it.

***

How It Goes — On Planet Nose
The local conditions under which we live are no more than
civilization itself — which is no less than man’s collective
reality — which is nourished from genetic myths — which
themselves have become the lens in our intellectual eyes.

….. Part 2: How It Goes On An Individual World
The sole inhabitant says: “I’m gettin’ outta here!”

***

Stupidity: Life’s way of saying: “Well, at least aren’t
you glad you aren’t sick!”

…..A viewer writes: “I don’t care much for your stupid
definitions!”

***
A man so mused: “What’s the use in knowing things that no
one else knows if you can’t brag about it!? And if nobody else
knows about it, how could you ever make ’em know what it is that
you’re trying to brag about!?” …(And the parakeet in his mind
said: “Kinda takes the wind from the ole sails — eh what!?
…The juice from the fruit! …The thrill from the triumph!
…The smell from the fart! …” — “Okay, already,” said the
man! “Enough already! I get the point, already!”

***

In continuing our particular little, “comparison game,” ask
yourself this: If reality is local — then what!?!

***

“Conversation From Afar” — (I’m sorry), “From A Bar”:
“Pity is an affection of the mind.” “I’m sorry, did you say
infection!? …” That’s all — (I’m sorry, but) — that’s all.

***

Since he had no personal friends, one man would look at his
own reflection in his glass patio doors. Hey, don’t laugh! Look
at your own situation.

…..Hormones’ favorite chapter in history is the “Wild West” —
neurons are yet to have one. …That’s why they have to look at
their own reflection in man’s mind.

***

The drowning always cling to one another; men like to gather
in herds.

***

One guy could never seem to drink enough at night to get him
over the shock of waking up the next morning in bed with
himself.

…..One guy was so moody that his moods had moods.

…..One guy had such an extensive genetic background that it
was no wonder he was a guy.

***

Another Gaze Out Over The Urban Landscape
The “Personal Columns” in newspapers are for those with no
personal life — …sort of like the existence of “religions.”

***
During one of the times of permitted public utterances at
court, the Royal Philosopher one day pronounced: “Only the
civilized can be shocked! Savages can only be killed.” And His
Grace rubbed his chin and thought: “I can go with that.”

***

In his backyard, lightning struck a tree and ripped off most
of the bark; later, an unexpected thought damn-near did the same
to the man’s mind. …And a viewer thinks to, and about himself:
“Boy! Don’t I wish!”

***

Two dogs were laying around talking and one of them said:
“One real advantage to being an animal is that no one will ever
sue you.” And the second immediately went: “Shhh! Don’t say
that so loud! You know how progressive and forward thinking the
master is.”

***

An ordinary man being, “uncivilized” is no big thing — in
fact, it’s usually a downright annoying thing.

***

Another, “Duck!” — (I’m sorry) — “Look-Out” Tale From The
Files Of The City: A father said to his son: “You should never
laugh at another man’s interests! Unless of course — they’re
ridiculous!” And the lad asked: “Are most men’s — ridiculous?”
And the elder replied: “Why else would I bother to mention it!?”
Look out! Duck!

***

Standard “Mental Life,” On The Proper Rampage
Local reality issued this Educational Directive: “If you
want to know how air planes fly — find a crashed one to study.

***

And now for that feature that everyone loves: “How Life
Works”: One man said: “My teeth hurt!” And life said: “You
don’t have any teeth.” And the man replied: “They still hurt!”
And life said: Hey! We’ve done this one already.” So the man
said: “My mind hurts!”

***

As he gazed off into a beautiful sunset, amidst a soft, warm
rain, a man mused: “Life is not, after all, totally a matter of
‘civilized captivity,’ for are we not freely permitted to die!?
Even, suffer and whine!?”
***

Men think and talk about things — not to cure thinking,
but, feeling.

***

What do you call someone with all the blood sucked out of
their body? A zombie. What do you call someone with all the
blood sucked out of their mind? Civilized and predictable. And
a viewer writes: “Aren’t the two characteristics noted in your
last answer a bit redundant!?”

…..”Hey Jo Jo, yo mama’s callin’ you.”
“Hey man, you know I ain’t got no mama!”
“Hey Jo, we know.”
And a viewer again thinks to himself: “Don’t I wish! Great
god a’mighty! Don’t I just wish!” Hang in there, viewer — hang
in there.

***

In return for a favor done, a certain genie said to a man:
“Which wish would you prefer I grant you: that you be rich! Or
be from another world?” And the mortal thought for a bit, then
asked: “Can the latter one be made retroactive?”

***

One mother cautioned her baby boy: “Don’t ever join up with
some — ‘cult’ and let someone else run your mind for you!” And
the lad thought: “What the hell does she think’s going on now!?”

***

Our Ole Sorehead correspondent sends along his latest
definition: Civilization: The “dumbing” of man under clever
disguise. …You know, if he wasn’t completely off-the-mark he’d
be damn near right-on-it.

***

The only way you can become a follower of some system or
tradition is to delude yourself regarding it.

***

And now — A Royalty Based Quiz Game: What is more pathetic
than the king acting like he understands what his reign is all
about!?

***

And now — another “Self Evaluation Test” you can take at
home: You can tell how dumb you are by how seriously you take
other dumb people’s dire warnings and predictions.
Dumb, dumb-dumb-dumb.

***

The realization of one man: “What is there to fear about
the future since consciousness is already there!?”

***

Okay then — wanna play again? What do you call a man who’s
had all of the originality, and creativity sucked out of him? —
Yeah, that’s right! You guessed it! …And that same viewer
from before says: “What ever the response is that you’re
referring to as being correct, I’m sure is ever so redundant all
over again.” Stuff it, viewer! Why don’t you just stuff it!
Enough’s enough! …Unless of course you can make “enough”
original and interesting again.

***

Whenever this one man was physically at rest, his mind would
run wild; and when he was active — it was even worse! What is a
poor man to do!?

***

They Don’t Spell “Fate” The Same Everywhere, You Know: On
this one world they solved the problem of, “rain on the weekend”
by making that time period flexible enough so that they could
make it fall any where in the week they wanted it to. …(And
one guy did the same thing for just himself!)

…..”You know, son,” said one dad to his lad, “Words and
thoughts are just like modeling clay.” And the boy gleefully
looked up at him and replied: “You’re right! They’re all yucky
and sticky, and after they get hard, you can throw ’em wimps and
nerds, and scare the bejesus out of ’em!” …(And one guy did
the same thing, just to himself.)

***

One man said that he’s kinda afraid to have “too much”
everyday fun, cause he thinks life will remember it, and bring it
up later to use against him; and his mother replied: “You’re
right! It’s called ‘death.'” And — boy! Was he relieved!
…Well …sorta.

***

More News From City Life
Entertainment is amusement for those incapable of thought.
…(Yeah, Yeah! I know, I know! …Save it!!)

***
The chap on the street corner explained himself this way:
“I used to be a religious prophet, but I decided to cut out the
middle man — now I just tell people directly to — ‘go to
hell!'”

***

And now: “History! Without A Hysterectomy”: One man had a
mind like a sausage grinder; another, a body like a cattle ranch;
they decided to merge and become a — (you guessed it!) a —
civilization!!

***

“To Live: A Child’s Poem”
To live —
You’ve gotta eat somethin’,
And you’ve gotta rest;
You’ve also gotta think,
But about what!? —
Would be the best!?
* Now run along chile — go play in the pentameters. *

***

One man executed his own attempt at independence by never,
ever reading the Preface or Introduction to any book.

…..(Later, in confidence, he noted for us that it is “bad
enough, following someone else’s thoughts, without letting them
also tell you how to ‘go about it’!”)

***

One extraordinary “mystical guy” came to the final
conclusion that: “My worst personal foe has got to be —
gravity.”

***

One guy’s individual, family motto is: “Hey! Everybody was
born with a cat in their closet, but hey! Is that the only place
you can turn your canaries loose!?” …(Well, of course that’s
what local reality will tell you. But — hey! …)

***

Thinking: Consciousness arrested long enough for it to talk
about itself.

***

If the philistines like a work of art — it’s not art.
…Well …it’s not original art! It could be a redone, re-
print, or an advertising parody of some prior work, but original?
Never.

…..At your own risk, would you try and apply this to the
routine mechanics of your own thinking processes.

…..And a viewer injects: “But, after all — there is nothing
truly ‘original’ now is there!?” No viewer, not in your life
there’s not.

***

And Yet — “Another Look At It”: Ordinary thinking is —
(just as it should be) a neural operation driven by older,
hormonal ones, while the looser consciousness I refer to is wired
up to a less local and personal power source.

***

And now: “Our Maxim For The Day”: A maxim that ordinary
minds can hear and agree on — ain’t no maxim of mine!

***

In regard to the ancient mystical practices, one man says:
“I don’t need prayers and fasting to remind me of how dazed and
stupid I am.”

***

Neural Processes In Cash Terms
Thinking is like the “armored car” of the mind; unrestrained
consciousness, like merry highjackers.

***

The Body Politic As It Really Is — In Your Own Mind
The king can kid the people, but not the people, the king.

…..”Daddy, when I grow up can I be His Excellency?” “Son, if
you don’t — you ain’t grown up!”

***

The Village Sages’s Sagacious Aside For The Day
“The dumb – (thank god) – never realize exactly just how
dumb they are! Or, (god help us!) – they’d be even more annoying
than they are now.”

***

Imaginary snares, lions take for real, are those from which
they cannot escape.

***
Freedom-of-mind, (for most), would only produce additional
fear.

***

Fact: All heroes are best left dead.

***

Man’s earliest known thoughts concerned this kind of
activity; man’s earliest known curses, also.

…..The best heroes are left dead. On with your own journey.