Jan Cox Talk 1289

The Mind Must Impose Faux Order Upon Even the Vague Mystical

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#1289 – 05/30:
Notes by TK

The mind imposes order where you would least expect it. E.g., the notoriously vague and unreliable transcendent/mystical is imputed by the mind to have a stable, solid core—secret but existing. Thus the mind imposes order on or ignores non-partisan ideas.


The News

At a certain collective level — the more transient the
idea, the more likely it to be wrapped in an aura of
transcendency.

…..At local stockyards — donkeys will bring higher prices if
offered as unicorns.

***

In conversation, a father noted: “Man is the only three-D
creature who can do himself intentional harm.” And his son
replied: “But isn’t man also the only three-D creature who can
‘do’ anything!?” “Quite so, my boy, quite so.”

***

The partisan mind is the only mind known & available to
ordinary men.

***

Upon awakening each day — before he got out of bed, to
himself, this one man would recite the following: “A priest, a
politician and a painter were swimming in a lake of boiling oil
when a banker rode by on a western union bicycle and
said: ________________,” and he used filling in the blank of
what was said in lieu of morning coffee.

***

First guy says: “Boy am I sick of hearing people go on-and-
on, talking about ‘human nature’!” And second guy says: “Well,
what else are they gonna talk about!?” And the first guy
replies: “I don’t know — but I’m still sick of it.”

***

Even when appearing well, the “potentially ill” love to
discuss sickness.

***

Men began trying to develop thinking machines as soon as
they saw how successful they were with their invention of
muscle/labor machines. A mystic, nonetheless, is still trying to
develop himself as his own “thinking machine.”

***

We say to other people the kinds of things we want to say to
ourselves, but are too ashamed to.

***
An Economic Definition You Won’t Find In Your Textbook
Being Alive: Swapping a short-term gain for a long term
profit. …(And a blue ribbon panel of experts say they are not
at all surprised at its exclusion.)

…..Have you ever noticed how rare it is to have some normal,
serious person be able to accept a new, unexpected take on some
normal, serious subject? …”Hurumph! — Thank god I don’t have
to deal with such questions — I’m an expert!”

***

A Two Line History Of: Man, The Civilized, Thinking
& Talking Creature
In the beginning, the strong, silent, alpha-wolves took
charge of the pack — then as man progressed, leadership shifted
to the verbal, intellectuals. ** Please note that the second
line is simply fine sounding bullshit.

…..One man would often sit alone with his dictionary, and
randomly select an entry, then ask himself: “Exactly what
purpose is being served by man having this particular word?”

***

Simple minds disagree — which collectively, is how the
simple minds eventually become more complex. The few — who
would be true individuals — can’t wait that long.

***

Pursuit Of Truth Via The Socratic Dialogue, Brought
Up To Date
The teacher: “What would you like to ask me today, my boy?”
The student: “Why are so many of men’s songs and poems about
sadness?” The teacher: “Because they’re so easy to write.”
Student: “That’s it?” Teacher: “Yep.” Student: “That’s not
quite the complex type of response I’d expected.” Teacher:
“So?” Student: “Well…it’s just not, that’s all — it seems
too…easy.” Teacher: “You mean ‘easy’ like in ‘obvious’?”
Student with light bulb flashing in his head: “Ahhhhh.”

***

Another Helpful Hint
Even the worst of stuff don’t suck real bad if you don’t
stare at it.

***

“And the correct answer is: It’s according to what kind
of foods get to your brain.” And the contestant asked: “By
food, do you mean like proteins and sugars, or like negative
ideas and simplistic views?” “I’m sorry contestant, but I ask the
questions around here!”
***

A man with a hero has an open wound of which he is
unaware.

…..To be able to personally think, in an extraordinary, heroic
manner, is to have an intellect that can climb up on its own
shoulders, and look out far beyond the normal horizon (which,
along with his fellow minds, it helped to create) and see
astounding fresh sights without being much impressed by the fact
that his new height is based upon him standing on himself.

…..The difference between an educated, sophisticated cannibal
and a mystic is that only one of them actually understands what
it is that’s on the menu.

***

Travel Reminder
Remember: If you’re surrounded by agreeable, like-minded
passengers who, same as you, go: “Moo,” you’re not on an
excursion tour — but a cattle train.

…..”Father, is this why knowledgeable ‘birds-of-a-feather’
wouldn’t stick only together!?” “Quite so, my boy — and also
why the routine minded would find the transcendental trip so
disturbing and uncomfortable.”

…..Anomalous, Aviary Addendum:
The ordinary mind knows what it likes, and likes what it
likes! — Why do you think it’s known as the “partisan man”!?

***

In the city — “serious art” may be art …(but it ain’t
much of an art).

***

As he would trim the limbs from the trees in his yard,
one man would apologize to them for the cutting, and one day the
wind overheard him and remarked: “What a fool!” And the change-
of-seasons countered: “Ah, but not true — it’s just that man’s
the only being you’ve ever confronted who puts words to his
feelings.” And the wind thought about this for a while, but
still couldn’t grasp its significance.

***

Routine men’s resignation to thinking the thoughts of
others is well represented by the dieter who, as he gobbled down
the shop-lifted candy, said to himself: “If you didn’t pay for
it — it don’t count.”
***

And Now For A Hint That Is Far Beyond Any Description Of Being
Merely “Helpful”
If you begin to say that something is “long over-due” it
will seem to become “long over-due.” ** …No, no — no need to
thank me — that could drag it back down to the mundane level.
“But Pa Pa, isn’t that true in any situation wherein the
uncomfortable party makes a feeble attempt to tip the firing squad
for their efforts!?” “Yes my boy but no one’s supposed to
mention it.” “Ah!”

***

A viewer notes: “Existing in an ordinary, automatic
condition of consciousness is not so bad, as long as you’re not
aware of it.”

***

And one man suddenly thought: “Hey wait a minute! —
Life itself is already plenty enthusiastic! — Why should I have
to do anything but lay back, relax and coast!?”

***

Conversation Overheard In A City College
Professor says: “If you breed the simple with the
intelligent, what do you get? — Obviously something at least
better than the simple, right? Well, don’t bet on it.” And a
student responds: “Oh, I thought you said this was the Math
Department.” And the professor replies: “Oh, did you think I
was talking about something like psychology, or something?” And
the student says: “Oh…” (Or perhaps the person reporting this
story misunderstood what was said.)

***

Now for a follow up to an earlier story: Plain, partisan
thought believes that mixing yellow and blue will always give you
green, while “those-in-the-know” know that this should “remain-
to-be-seen.”

***

Men got the idea for science fiction — and in
particular, battles between different creatures from different
realities — from casual observation of how diverse ideas
struggled for survival within the universe of their own mind.

…..”Well daddy — where did men get the inspiration for
metaphysical poetry?” “That came from certain science fiction
writers falling down long flights of stairs and suffering
substantial brain damage.”
***

The publishing firm of life agreed to add this one man to
its stable of authors, but only if he’d accept an editor of its
choosing…which he did…that is until he realized that the
position was going to be filled by the twin brother team of:
Out-Dated-Aggression, & Pseudo-Sophisticated-Myopia. ** …And
just in case it happened to somehow “slip past your busy
attention” everybody starts off writing for life.

…..And yet another definition of a mystic: A mystic: About
the only guy left without an agent.

***

A Conversation Between Two Culinary Masters,
Touching On Matters Intellectual
“Men like proverbs, maxims and truisms for the same
reason that they prefer hors d’oeuvres over a full meal.” “But
they don’t prefer hors d’oeuvres over a full meal.” “My point
exactly.” And I’m sorry to say that we cannot bring you more of
this dialogue due to the overriding clammer raised by the sudden
fist fight between the two. ** …But — on to some medical
news: One man in the northern sector of the city periodically
suffered brief, mini-strokes, of which he eventually became so
fond that he gave each of them their own individual name, taken
from those of the mythical muses of his ancestors. …Upon
hearing this, one kid wanted to ask his father if this is how
religion started, but decided against it (at present) after
remembering that his Uncle Waldo (who was a partially re-embalmed
rabbi, now employed as a part-time neurologist) was visiting.
** There was yet another gent who would while away quiet
evenings at home, snipping out select words from his dictionary
as he softly hummed to himself: “No need for that one! …And:
No need for this one! …And: No need for…”

***

Where did the term: “It takes one to know one,”
originate? — From humans looking at one another.

***

One man asked everyone he met: “May I ask you a
question?” …See!? — It was a joke!

***

Only the weak get offended.

***

How Life’s Inexorable Genetic Growth, Through Man, Is Reflected
In Visible Cultural Changes, Which In Turn Are Exemplified By
Verbal Alterations; (As Operational: Western Hemisphere, Late Twentieth Century)
Rock & Roll: Any music that adults don’t like.
Jazz: Any music that rock & rollers don’t like.
The Mystical: The music that everyone faintly hears, but
never pursue sufficiently to discover
whether they’d actually like it or not.

…(Plus: Men have an unrecognized fear
that should they “find the truth” — they
won’t be able to dance to it.)

***

Local conditions told its young apprentice: “Don’t pay
any attention to what men claim they want — if life had a’wanted
all of them to have as much fun intellectually as they do
sexually, it’da arranged things that way. Don’t let ’em sucker
you into things you shouldn’t be involved with.”

***

The future plays a dangerous game — in that even it
doesn’t know minutely what it’s going to do next.

***

While in an urban pasture a guy stopped and thought:
“Forget worrying about what holds up civilization, seriousness
itself couldn’t survive unless propped up by seriousness!”

***

Two kids were playing cowboys & doctors, and one of them
said: “If hippos could talk, what d’ya think they’d say?” And
the other one replied: “Well, as soon as they realized what
they’d gotten into, I bet chu they’d go looking for man to take
their revenge.” ** Ask yourself this: If you laughed at that
— why!?

***

The Life Of The Intellect As A Carnival: A Ride On A
Miniature Train: (A Poem):
Everyone’s mind’s, Mary and the Lamb,
Everyone’s Brain, Punch and Judy
The spine’s the midway,
“Step right this way!”,
And listen for the merry go round’s “rootie tootie.”

…..And Now Some News From The BAttle-Front
The hostilities continue to rage between the supporters
of heredity, and the proponents of environment, and while neither
side appears poised to attain public supremacy, an increasingly
rank odor arises from the area of conflict. Let it also be noted
that this story was not filed by any reporter with any
credentials resembling the sane, or official variety.

***

To assist in curbing his redundant, aggressive
ineptitude, one man attempted, from day-to-day, to forget
everything he already knew.

…..Don’t try this at home,
Don’t try this at home;
You can’t do this at home, so don’t,
Try this at home.

…..”Daddy, is this why you must go to someone’s office to get
an official diagnosis of insanity?” “Yes my boy — some things
simply can’t be done by a house call.”

***

There are two kinds of mystics: Vocal ones, and silent
ones — and since you never hear of the silent ones you don’t
know what they know.

…..A boy asked his older brother: “Why is it so often said
that we should always respect another man’s religion?” “I guess
it’s because everyone’s is as equally opaque as our own (!?)”

…..There are two kinds of mystics: The vocal ones, and the
silent ones — and since you never hear of the silent ones you
don’t know what they know. “Well, older brother — might this
actually be referring to the two levels of possible
transcendental thinking within our own minds, rather than to
external mystics!?”

***

In the neural food chain — myths eventually become taken
as literal history as simple minds age.

***

From a more expansive, non-traditional view: Anyone who
worries over the routine affairs of life has a lot more than that
to worry about!

***

How The Ordinary Mind & Its Dealings With Routine Ideas Works
Who cares if there’s 90 billion flies on the planet when
it’s a single one annoying you!?

***

Important City Announcement
Regardless of what you’ve heard — the myth of progress
is not false.

***

More Earth Lore
Man is the “talkative” creature on this planet because no
one else would take the job.

***

After all — what is mystical thought other than that
beyond partisan!?

***

“Daddy, may I have another definition please?” “Why
certainly, my boy.” Man: A futuristic relic of his ancestors.

***

Ordinary men think about ordinary things, and crazy men
think about things that ordinary men say are crazy. No one knows
— (hah hah!) — what a mystic thinks about. …(F.Y.I.: It’s
probably just as well.)

***