Jan Cox Talk 1244

Imagination, Belief and Illusion All Require But One Support–Seriousness

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#1244 – 02/14/1994
Notes by TK

Nothing is interchangeable with seriousness. Everything eventually becomes its own opposite except seriousness. E.g., note that all comedians ultimately want to be taken seriously. The closest thing to non-seriousness is not humor, but e.g., murder, crime (i.e., not humorous). Life has a VERY low tolerance for humor. Humor exists so people can deny its non-seriousness. Seriousness is absolutely required for life/civilization. Everything has an interchangeable opposite except seriousness.

The News

Life sends everybody “out on a mission” (to wit) — to live!
This includes men and horses and squids and orchids; life then
has a bit more specialized effort in mind for a few — but it’s
kinda like — you gotta figure out what is is for yourself.

…..Some blood clots were just chillin’ & hangin’ out when one
of them started reading the warning label on the bottle they were
sharin’: “Warning,” it said, “consumption of this beverage can
cause humans.”

***

Soon after life made men “make-up” civilization they
invented literature as a combination road map, history, and
attempted, on-going justification for what they’d done. We now
find literature in two distinct flavors: That which literally
reports normal human behavior, and that which looks beyond. The
same situation and dual possibilities are extant in each man’s
mind.

***

Imagination, belief and illusion all require but one support
— seriousness.

***

In a condemnatory tone some neurons shouted out to hormones:
“Shame on you.” And then with a self-congratulatory voice added:
“We’re the ‘good guys’!” And all the hormones could do was stand
silent in the recognition that beyond any notions of “bad or
good” they were “the guys.”

***

During a lull in the fajitas play-offs, a man looked to the
sky and mused: “The really weird thing about life is not how
weird it is, but how weird everybody thinks it is.”

…..”Daddy, what is the thin line between being dedicated and
being blindly pig-headed?” “Well son, it’s like this: Man
either walks such a line, or else he is such a line.”

…..Humans learned to hypnotize chickens by watching their
minds hypnotize them.

***

A “Bad” Myth Concerning How Magic Could Turn On You In
A Three Dimensional World, Which, For All Operational Intents
Is Actually Comprised Of Only Two
One man got to where he could “effect the weather” but he
could not effect how the weather effected him.
…..And an exceptionally alert neural-screen-viewer mused to
him-or-her-ole-self: “Channel 5 giveth, and Channel 10 taketh
away.”

…..Definition Adagio
Myth: A legend with a lisp.

***

A more alert man’s mind is one of life’s busier highways.

***

At a certain time, a certain father told a certain son: “I
feel it my duty to warn you that if you take everyday life too
seriously, that you run the risk of wanting to become a mystic
and have transcendental experiences.” And remember that I warned
you that this was a “certain” father, and a “certain” son, at a
“certain” time in his life.

…..The featured painting in the city’s current exhibition is
entitled: “It’s Never Too Late Until It’s Way-y-y Too Late —
And Even Then It’s Not — Because It Could Just Be Old Mister
‘Too-Early’ Coming At Us From The Opposite Direction.”

…..Scientific, Rather Than Artistic Examination Of The Above
Timing is everything — so much so that hormones don’t even
have a word for it.

…..And finally: A Transportational Approach Thereto
It is to the weakest wheels on imaginary vehicles that the
grease-of-seriousness must be most faithfully applied.

***

Hope For The Hoop-Skirted And The Hair-Cutted
We all come from the factory, physically either Ken or
Barbie, and about which there is nothing can be done. And, oh
yeah! — same for the rest of ya.

…..And a viewer rips at his hair,
And tears at the air
As he exclaims:
“Hope!? —
Hope!? —
How can you call that — hope!?
What d’ya think I am — a dope!?”

…..Legend on another planet has it that there was once a man
“over that way” who understood so much that he thought to himself
one day: “If I understood any more than I do now, I fear I might
cease to exist.”

***
And after a few more days (from the first one) had passed,
life looked upon what it had given life to on this world and
thought: “‘Point-blank’ is far too plain to get the creatures
going.” And it immediately set about, mucking with their minds.

***

Imagination: That which, if you did without it, you’d do
without civilization, and seriousness.

…..Personality: Same kind of definition as the above, but
about individual men rather than civilization.

…..And a viewer thinks: “That’s a bit vague — but then
again, so’s my own ‘sense-of-self’.”

***

Some Combination, Hobby And Medical-Science News:
One man had an exact duplication of his own mind, he liked
to call it his “Mind” since it in fact made-up half of his mind.

…..And Now A Combination: Fairy Tale And Fairy Tale:
A two-eyed monster in the Land Of Thrice excites such
turmoil as to present no tale a’tall.

…..Moral: Only children believe in anything written down in
books! — Or threatened to be.

***

One guy’s latest theory of how life works: “It goes like
this,” says he, “for instance: People from foreign countries
speak with accents, seeking to gain sympathy, in an attempt that
is so transparent that no one will give them any.”

***

Regarding The Notion Of: “Supernatural Messiahs Coming
To Rescue Man”:
At any meaningful, transcendental level, there is but one
thing from which men need to be saved — seriousness.
…Although this datum is “squarely-on-the-money” you can not
yet “take-it-to-the-bank” since local (extremely “dental”)
conditions still own all the banks. And thus it is that a more
alert man invests only in himself! — It being that the more
alert have no other profitable venture venues available.

…..Additional “Grubber’s Tip”:
The “interest” paid by mere thinking is literally
incomparable to the unregulated potentials possible with free-
market-consciousness.

…..Quiz: Why do some find the discussion of money and sex
equally as boring and irrelevant? Answer: Cause one of them
doesn’t exist, and the other exists so much as to be beyond any
need for comment. …(And Mr. Pluribus said to Mr. Unum: “E
too, eh Brutus baby!?”)

***

Kings and priests learned to dress up funny as a distraction
for the same reason the mind learned to talk about itself.

…..Fashion News
If brains could actually wear clothes, their tastes would
make you hold your nose.

***

Now From Our: “Graduate School In The Sky” (Formally Known
As The: “Classroom Of The Air”) Comes This Lesson Entitled:
“How Things Are — Off The Books”:
Those who actually know something didn’t actually learn it.

…..No pack can accommodate more than one alpha-male, so too, no
routine mind, singular self-instruction. The reason in fact,
that cities provide schools is just so you won’t get so involved.

…..Definition Ahoy:
A Metagnostic: A superman with no cape, no symbol, no
secret identity, and no underwear worn on the outside of his
outfit in which to “hide” patently obvious views and opinions.

***

Re The Matter Of Mortal Mental Residency As Related To
The Particular Costs Of Tenancy:
You can live near the surface, you can live in the pits, but
if you live somewhere specific, life will always charge you rent.

***

Definition – Nition:
The Human Mind: A disease that’s all symptoms and no
disease.

***

Now for the, Business News: Neurons and hormones have
appointed personality in charge of conflict resolution.

***

The ordinary don’t need onions in their soup to make them
cry, all they need is human “ordinariness” therein.
** Corolary-Lary: A more alert mind (or man) could feel any
sympathy for himself only under one condition: Of being suddenly
aware that he was being ordinary again. …(And if you really
wanna know the truth, if he was any kind of really “alert guy”
he’d be lots more pissed than sympathetic.)

…..For all of you kiddie-viewers who’ve written in asking just
how the time zones work, here is a lengthy, yet brief
explanation: When (for instance) it’s 7 A.M. in Boston, it’s
still 2 o’clock in your spleen.

…..And an adult viewer asks: “As regards those ‘items’ you
read on the show: Are all of the ones on the same page supposed
to be somehow — connected?!?” And his brother-in-law over in
the corduroy recliner shorts: “Hell! — is what he says from one
night to the next even related!?” (Hell snort — hell snort!)

***

One guy said: “Hey, if life really knew what it was doing
it’d wouldn’t’ave had to put erasers on pencils.” And a second
man replied: “Yeah, but looked at another way — it was smart
enough to know what you’s gonna need ’em.” …(And a third guy
could only shake his head in wonder as he thought: “Boy, that
life — is it somethin’ else or what!?”

***

Another Definition Regarding City Existence For Those Wishing
To Leave The City
The “Truth”: What’s left after all criticism’s removed.

***

The mind cried out: “Help!, I’m being held captive of the
past.” The mind cried out: “Help!, I’m being held hostage by my
hormones.” The mind cried out: “I was created to feel
uncomfortable and confined.” The mind seldom lies.

***

A Notable Curio (Perhaps):
While up can become down, in, out, and what was once true,
no longer so, singularly, seriousness and non-seriousness are not
interchangeable. …What d’ya make of that, curio lovers?!?

***

A more alert mind might look at memory as a dead body it’d
executed long ago, but keeps around in cold storage.

***

One guy looked at himself in the mirror and said: “Which
would you rather be: Stupid and smart, or stupid and lucky?”
And replied back: “I have a choice!?!”

***
Fashionable: What the unoriginal strive to be.

***

How To Tell That You’re Not A Mystic:
You believe that you’re something else.

…..Another Way To Tell You’re Not:
You either look like one, or people think you are.

***

As relates to two subjects heretofore not noted as
connected, consider this nexus ‘twix “seriousness” and the
“point-blank”: (To mainly, wit): The point-blank is ne’er
serious enough. ** “Daddy, is this why the ‘simply, more-
complex’ is simply silly!?”

***

So pondered one man: “Did I not have imaginary foes what
would my mind do for exercise!?”

***

Those who would be more alive consciously go through several
stages: At first, like everyone else, life seems a wonder, then,
same as the rest, it no longer is, but later when they first find
what they believe is the way, life again becomes a wonder — but
eventually it again ceases to be, but — if they press on and
actually discover the way, they find the greatest wonder of all.

***

Update:
It is not: “Be ye as little children” but rather: Recall
now what it was that you saw as a child but did not appreciate.
‘Tis time for this recollection along with the exertion
appropriate to an adult spa, wherein one wrestles not merely with
imaginary weight and resistance, but with the pleasurable
confrontation anew with the point-blankness of: Things-as-they-
ever-changingly-are.

***