Jan Cox Talk 1277

A Man Who Knows What He Is Doing Has No Intentions

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Summary

#1277 – 05/02:
Notes by TK

Two forms of entertainment: physical and mental. There is no middle ground. Physical = not much to talk about; mental, not so. Collective thought is a distraction to a real thinker—e.g., religion.


The News

Our program this evening is dedicated to the memory of life.

…..One thing about life is that when life says it’s over —
it’s over!…unless of course, you want to go over it again.

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Being able to think is one thing — being able to do so in a
way that is personally profitable and satisfying is about four
thousand additional things.

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How Life Works: Part 65
Men run track who couldn’t make the football team, and men
become economists who couldn’t even run track.

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Those who will accept second hand spirituality are the same
ones holding up traffic up ahead as they sympathetically gawk at
the wreck.

***

An acid test of just how civilized you are is in just how
serious you take sleeping with someone once. Do not — (we
repeat) — do not try to apply this crucible to your own personal
mental habits.

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Being hormonally upset can cause the sphincter at one end of
the spine to pucker up while neural disruptions can do so at the
other.

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One man’s personal motto was: “No editorials, please.”
…And when I say it was his personal motto, I mean he directed
it to himself.

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History
It doesn’t matter whether history’s true or not — history’s
history — and that’s that.

***

After hearing the muffled snickers, and catching the quick,
sarcastic glances, a man told his dog: “Hey, don’t put-me-on.”

***
A guy wondered: “If all of man’s human problems, and
interests are just distractions to keep him in line, then could
not the ‘mystical desire’ to transcend all this itself be no more
than just another example of it!?…even perhaps the supreme
one!?”

…..”Neurons-To-The-Fire” Verification: Only a true “yellow-
red-blue” mystic can bear to consider this seriously.

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First guy: “Thinking is to the brain as bile production is
to the liver.” Second guy: “So what’s so great about that!?”
First guy: “Nothing, I just thought I’d mention it.”

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Anyone who lends you a dollar would have lent you ten.

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The great thing about reminiscing — (if you’re ordinary) —
is that it gives sorrow and self-pity a kind of collective
respectability.

***

In the middle of the meal,
From the kitchen appeared,
An apparition, impossible to describe,
Who declared to the diners, one and all:
“We are serving: Red meat awareness,
And veggie time perception;
Alertness of the fasting,
And the thoughts of the over-stuffed.

No matter your tastes or needs,
To the right place you have come;
Now — eat! — enjoy! — for the check never arrives.”

…..(Then, while everyone relaxed, and settled in for a long,
leisurely repast, several unusual people quite unexpectedly
bolted for the door.)

***

Facts follow acts as do fresh royal houses, successful wars,
neurons, hormones, color commentaries, the games, and Sanitation
Department Reports, the conclusion of all parades.

***

Two kinds of people live to an extraordinary degree, in
their heads: Intellectuals, psychotics, and mystics. …(Yeah,
I know that’s three, but you also know what mystics don’t count.)

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Ethics
“The Moral High Ground” as explained by the lions to the
gazelles: The hill on which the lions wait for the gazelles.
…(A discerning eye might also denote a similar basis in human
affairs.)

…..And perhaps an interesting related item for those of you
pursuing an inter-discipline curriculum is that the price of milk
is determined by the farmers, and not the cows.

***

On this one world, to gain sympathy, some people will wear
glasses who don’t need them — …and those who can’t afford them
will cut off a leg and pretend to be crippled.

***

Race, Religion, Nationality & Culture: What empty people
fill themselves up with.

***

One man says: “For many years I believed that life did not
look favorably on men making light of it, but then I came to the
realization that due to its superior, all-encompassing position,
not only is life more intelligent than all of mankind combined,
but perforce, dumber also — and thus, my concern was moot.”

***

Okay — another way you can judge just how civilized you are
is by how easily you are shocked by others — or by how badly you
want to shock others.

…..Upper Class Version Of The Above:
You can either read graffiti on bathroom walls, or put it
there yourself.

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The Wonderful World Of The Mind
One man has come to a conclusion.

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The Untold Story Regarding The Inescapable Connection
Between Man’s Older, Cruder Hormonal Nature, And His
Newer, Would-Be-Nobler One:
Ordinary guy says: “I could probably be a more ‘spiritual
kinda guy’ if God was a chick with a really great bod.”
…..Metaphysical Moral: Many are called — but not that many!

…..Note: A story with a moral is like two stories in one —
and sometimes, one story too many.

***

Anyone who tries to help you is in part attempting to hurt
you.

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Anyone who tries to sell you anything is partially lying.

***

Once, long before most can remember, life said to everyone
as it first fired up their mental engines: “You will now be able
to think, and you will have some freedom as to what you can
think, that is — just so long as it is about either this, or
that. You got it!?…Now, get on outta here, you big lugs you.”

…..(And as everyone relaxed and began to amble on, about their
merry way, a few non-uniform people suddenly bolted from the main
body, and made a run for it.)

***

The Explosive Developments in Neural Math
Two divided by two always results in two.

…..Stay tuned for at least two more versions of this.

***

Laws don’t hold civilization together — fashion design
does. ** …No, of course it doesn’t — seriousness does — I
just wanted to see how serious you take such foolishness.

***

Any time life gets tired of some carping spectator next to
the main parade, it’ll do one of two things: Have the parade
make a quick little side step and run over him, or tell him to
give some name and form to his criticism — and either way —
he’s no longer a problem.

***

Definition
Verbal Violence: Talk.

…..And, oh yeah — life asked me to announce that for all of
you who don’t care for the word “progress” you may use “change”
instead.

***

Some people who have no children adopt a mystic.

***

To be alive is to be opinionated — and there is: Hippo
opinionation, vulture opinionation, guppy opinionation, leopard
opinionation, wart hog opinionation, and human
opinionation…(which is about the same as the wart hog variety.)

…..The danger in comparing man to other creatures is that if
you’re expecting a lot more, you can be…surprised.

***

One man’s private credo: “Life also gave everyone else the
apparent ability to think so’s to distract me and keep me from
trying to think for myself.” (Note: Some people’s personal views
are harder to grasp than others.)

***

“Okay, look,” said a dad to the lad, “while there may be
‘nothing new under the sun,’ there always is under your sun, and
sad, should you forget it, since herein is the difference
between an individual, and a mere shadowy face in the crowd.”

***

Recent Revelations In Psychology
It turns out that there is a single, common basis for man’s
belief in: God, astrology, fate, conspiracies and the sub-
conscious: Indigestion — (and the fear thereof).

***

The substitute professor told the class: “There is no
‘philosophy of life’ — philosophy is thinking about life.”

***

“Intellectual Fidelity & Integrity” operationally defined:
Never try to improve on something that’s already impressed you.

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Extraterrestrial Morality
A man who knows what he’s doing doesn’t have “good
intentions” — he has no intentions.

***
On a planet with atmospheric pressure the trick to good
thinking is: Never be too specific. …(And, yes, you oxygen
hounds — I mean that exactimundo.)

***

One man came so close to having an original thought that the
news director said he was in danger of losing his job.

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Important Fact Normally Overlooked Even By Men With
Functioning Brains
If life can keep you distracted long enough — you’ll be
dead before you ever know what actually happened.

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The Sciences — (Social, And Otherwise):
History is the recorded remembering of what happened to
ordinary men; the history of mystical men is not recorded because
it is not remembered.

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A “One Day” Tale
One day, the secret conspirators who secretly “run the
world” all got together and decided: “What the hell’s goin’ on
around here!?!?”
Terminus Exhaustius

***

With one mythical band, when a knight received his shield he
had to then abandon all use of proper nouns.

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Up Date In Neurology
Man’s brain does not have two hemispheres! — It has one! —
And a mirror.

***

A man who defends his mental position does two things: He
defends his mental position, and admits that it’s indefensible.

***

Physics — Off-The-Chart Physics (That Is):
In a world of no opinions — anything’s possible.

***

Instead of going to the bother of having a mystical
experience, one man just bought a turban, he said that a similar
move had worked for his father when the old man got married, took
out a mortgage, and became a priest.

…..Academic Round Up
Intellectuals are too smart to become mystics — also too
dumb.

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Some City Distinctions Re-Examined
The difference between an “immediate realist” and a
“pessimist” is in the spelling.

***

Remember: Those using a script written by others will say
anything.

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Those who don’t realize that the mystical is just another
form of entertainment don’t even have a traffic cop’s clue.

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Anyone who tries to tell you the truth is lying.

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