Jan Cox Talk 1249

The Mind–A Wound Not Meant to Heal

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Summary

#1249 – 02/25/1994
Notes by TK

Man’s vision of the future is a vision of the past, of return to purity. All routine self-improvement is return to the past. It is misdirected in that there is nothing to be improved. Real self-improvement is in the future.


The News

Everything that one man wanted to know, he already knew —
but, he had to pay someone to show him that he did — himself!
…You might also care to note that this is why life don’t pay
nobody nothing! And a viewer replies: “No.” He wouldn’t care
to take such note.

***

At a certain picnic ground, some ants came to hear
descriptions of past feasts held there; a few found something to
eat. …(And it wasn’t words, …or maps of the area!)

***

For his anniversary, one guy gave himself this useful
reminder: “If you’ll criticise others, they’ll always see,
dumber than you are whether they actually are, or not!” He
thanked himself — but brushed it aside, saying: “What are
friends for!?”

***

A would-be knight, too affixed to some particular culture or
religion has a horse that is hobbled.

***

Not only does a more conscious man not have a plagiaristic
bone in his body but if he did, he’d surgically remove it
himself.

…..The doctor told himself to sit up on the exam table and
then said to him: “You must remember that there is an
operational distinction between being alive, and being dead.”
(Then pointed to his head!)

…..In the great mental frontier towns, all thieves rest
happily in the graveyard. Another reason it’s difficult for
those with their hands in someone else’s pockets to see the
horizon clearly enough to distinguish the exact nature of
tomorrow.

***

The mind: A wound not meant to heal.
Nonpartisan Consciousness: A cure for an ill not meant to
be discovered.

***

Another way to spot the “culturally unassuming” is if you go
to their house, and in a closet, discover an unworn t-shirt that
says: “I Slept With Betty Crocker And She Paid Me Fifteen
Hundred Dollars Not To Broadcast The Fact.”
…..The price of city humility continues to rise — since it
has no worth.

…..A landlady with many tenants says: “If roaches do cause
stupidity then ‘what-gives’ with the fact that all of the
exterminators I call from the phone book turn out to be dumber
than the bugs are!?”

***

Okay, It’s: “Let’s Get REAL Simple” Time: If you say you
have a problem — you have a problem.

***

As the shoppers stood, awaiting the repair of the escalator,
one was heard to say: “You can always tell the dumb — they
always look alike.” And another voice asked: “Did she say,
‘smell alike’?” And a young boy replied: “No, you’re confusing
the dumb with the serious.” And a workman raised his head and
said: “I’m union! And I don’t have to take this sort of abuse!”
And several people at the rear of the crowd began to wonder if
this really was an urban department store, or if they were
somehow back at the stock car track (!?!)

…..Another Handy Tip From Our Viewer’s & Listener’s Guide
The first time you hear a particular myth, it’s sometimes
hard to tell if it is a myth, especially if you’ve never heard it
before, combined with it being told for the first time. And a
viewer, far, far away sighs: “Well, that certainly helps some —
but not much.”

***

Man’s fascinated with dreams because they’re the closest most
ever get to anything resembling original thought.

***

Yet Another View Of How & Why This-Kinda-Stuff Ever Got
Going In The First Place
To turn neural potential into thought, you must confine it,
then — next thing you know — it wants out!

***

One man told his half-brother-in-law: “The great thing about
being critical, and cynical, and sarcastic is that even after
everyone who could have been the object of your attacks has gone
to bed you can carry on just fine without them.” The relative-
by-proxy mulled on this idea for a bit, then asked the man: “Why
did you say: ‘JUST fine’!?”

…..In one land (just over to your left), legend has it that
when the great cosmic force created whales, & moose & eagles, for
hobbies it gave them eating, and swimming, and screwing and
flying, and when it made man it intensified its focus and gave
him an overriding, central one. …(Which — [it turns out] —
some find “just finer” than others.)

…..Refusing to be discouraged, that certain local school has
again revised their motto, and the latest version is as follows:
“The Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Swallow, Lose In The Water, Or
Drop From A Dangerous Height.” ** Excelsior! – Ya’ll **

***

Just as the neural knight was prepared to “ride away,” the
king said to him: “If you do not have your ‘own-little-language’
— you ain’t got no language.”

***

History As Myth As Quiz
Why do even sixty year old people still feel dominated by
their parents? For the same reason that in your initial
confrontation with life, you blinked, and it winked.

***

Up To Date News
One guy agreed to help save the planet if it’d do the same
for him.

***

A viewer writes: “After listening to you I’m beginning to
believe that life itself is nothing but a one-liner.”

***

The simple are always subject to become members of crude
groups, and the fanatically simplistic are always there to
encourage them to become members of theirs.

***

Health News From Far Beyond Anyone’s Remedial Pale
Why mentally, would a rational person pursue a diet, un-
nourishing, verging on noxious, when it is clearly not to be done
physically!?

…..Okay – “Pale” Redefined, (Before Hadrian Climbs The Wall!)
Once you’re dead, it’s too late to change — …(same with
grown …and educated.)

***

Man’s ordinary state of consciousness is like a handball
game in which everyone else’s thoughts are the front wall, while
a rejuvenated player has taken his sport far away from any
enclosed area.

***

The Mythical Quest As Erotic Allegory
A horny man’s a happy man — when he learns the object of
his erection — I mean, affection.

***

The simple love to speak of the need for man to continually,
“recreate himself” — (this helps give a respectable patina to
his ongoing plagiarism).

***

Two Tales For The Price Of One
In the older regions of the wood, all is silent, save the
natural sounds of the unthinking, native creatures, while in the
newer, developing areas of the kingdom, much noise that is new
accompanies the people’s activity.

…..While a man had his dog – (who was his best friend) – at
the vet — for a check, the physician said to him: “Now that
your pal is grown — and beginning to age — you should put him
on a bland and restrictive diet — for his own good.” And for a
time, he did, till one day at feeding time he looked at his friend
and thought: “What is ‘life’ to an animal, but, ‘to live’!? And
why should he not have those things that his own being silently
announces that HE most enjoys, regardless of any external
diagnosis, or prescription!?”

….. One Possible Conclusion — Cost Unknown
Thought is one thing, living another! And man, (god bless
‘im), has got to do both, in spite of what many believe.

***

For those still confused over the distinction: If thinking
is to consciousness as the past is to the future, consider: You
can think about “thinking,” but not about consciousness. This
item brought to you courtesy of the nonexistent, “Un-Confusing
Society.” “Daddy, do you reckon that institution really is ‘nonexistent,’ or maybe just, unnamed!?” “Same thing, my boy —
same thing.” And, “believe-it-or-pay-a-fine,” but the lad
himself was suddenly less confused.

***

Hormones said: “We compete to — stay alive.” And neurons
said: “We compete to, …to, …to — (!?!) …”

***
To make his son feel better one father said: “Remember my
boy, every time things go right in YOUR life, a little angel
dies!

***

One man had a plan,
He called it, “The Man Plan” —
He called it The Man Plan cause
He didn’t know where it came from.

***

The Mythical Quest As N’er Seen By Un-Mythical Eyes
A real knight is his own: love-in-distress, dragon, and
ultimate savior.

…..All of this being possible in that: Life is alive, and an
endless-tale-told-on-a-carrousel. “Possible!?!? Sweet Merlin —
try — ‘inevitable’!”

***

And now this Traffic Report: When this-kinda-stuff gets a
name it mostly stops being this kind of stuff. And now the
weather.

***

Item: A “man-with-a-map” is half way home.
2nd Version: A “man-with-a-map” is inclined to make only
“half efforts” to actually go any where.
3rd Time: A “man-with-a-map-clutched-to-his-bosom” is
already half dead, and thus has little need to travel any how.

…..”Daddy, is this why the more alert don’t say where they’re
going!?”

***

While it is true that physically, man cannot live by bread
alone, more miraculous than that is that mentally he can live
by nothing alone.

***

It takes no talent to be simple, dense and unoriginal —
which is why such men so often speak of the matter.

…..The mind should be like a spotlight, forever illuminating
the distant horizon — only problem is that by the time they’re
grown, most people have already terminally “misplaced” their
horizon.
…..Item: Calling to the future won’t help — going there
will.

***

A knight, sure he already knows what his adventure is to be,
is a warrior — DOA.

***

Wild Game Hunting In Neural Fields, OR:
The Futility Of Mental Foot Chewing
Simple minds can always argue and “find-a-way-out” — while
the more complex know that they ‘re not trapped.

***

The original create — everyone else criticises.

…..And lo the day came when local conditions looked out upon
the cityscape & said: “Let them all become critics!” And
damn’f most of ’em didn’t.

…..”Daddy, do the visors on knights’ helmets drop to cover
their full face to keep them from being shot in the mouth?” “No
son, to keep them from talking.”

***

Thoughts: Shots in the dark.
Revitalized Consciousness: Unarmed daylight.

***

Amidst the city, criticism remains forever viable and valid
in that man forever remains an unfinished “work-in-progress.” A
man who finally realizes this can then take his beer and
brockwurst out to the bleachers, relax, sit in the sun and enjoy
the game.

***

A certain father, with that strange certain aim, one day
told his son the following: “On some worlds their myths say that
man was created from the very substance of creation itself; on
others it is held that he came about ‘ex nihilio,’ (from no
substance at all) and was created from no more than the mere WILL
of creation. This leaves us with the great cosmic question of:
just where the hell the likes of us came from (!?!)”

***

The universal is gradual, only individual examples, abrupt.

***
As everyone made their individual departure from the
original garden of silent paradise, they had a momentary
encounter, eyeball-to-eyeball, with life itself; most, as they
should, blinked and turned away, but a few, somehow, did not as
life smiled and shouted: “Next!”

…..The curious thing about this curious adventure is that: A
man with no past may have a future.