Jan Cox Talk 1314

“Bad News” Being Passive, Sells. “Good News” Asks Engagement

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#1314 – 07/27:
Notes by TK

Civilized man is animated within narrow limits. E.g., Irish coffee: caffeine (stimulant) vs. alcohol (depressant). Animation at the physical level = work necessary to survive. The Secondary Level neural = play, non-survival and has more options than the first level, BUT a glaring lack of creativity. E.g., “bad news” requires no real personal effort to participate—is passive.

Non-bad news requires engagement, exertion to some degree. Thus bad news is more popular, it sells. Mind is not designed for creativity, originality. Entertainment is the paying of some else to be enthusiastic for you.


The News

One day, in the good-natured, encouraging spirit of
comradery, life said to one man: “Okay, here’s something to
think about…,” and the man screamed: “No! — No!”

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A History Of Information
At first, information was plain and point-blank — but then
things changed.

…..And Now: A History of “Knowing What You’re Doing”
A man who knows what he’s doing, doesn’t care.

…..And a chap (watching the parade pass from his balcony)
mused: “If life really did know where it’s going, history
wouldn’t have to be written after the fact.” Yep — my, how
things have changed.

***

The reason the trainers give for staying in the rear is that
it’s easier to tell what an elephant is thinking by looking up
his ass. Boy! — no metaphor here, for sure.

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Man is unique among the creatures in that he experiences two
levels of animation and excitement: The physical, survival one,
and the neural. …And the normal state of each man is to
participate in the latter as little as is possible. …And while
each level can be lived with minimal, mechanical attention, it
can also be done otherwise. ** The survival level of animation
= work — the neural, play. …And while everyone’s work
requirements are the same, with play, it is otherwise. …And
for the few known as mystics, it is really otherwise!

***

A Nutshell In A Nutshell:
Why Psychiatry Doesn’t Work
And
Why Religion Doesn’t Work
You can’t be cured if you’re not sick, and you can’t be
redeemed if you’re not lost.

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Myth
Originally, men could see, then they were given words, and
could see twice, but the second sight had a certain distorting
impact of the first one, but soon everyone adjusted, and forget
about it.

***
The simple always dismiss those who make extraordinary
efforts by noting that: “They’re still gonna die like the rest
of us.” — which I guess is something to consider. ** Thus,
concludes the serious portion of our show — and now back to the
humor.

…..A lad asked his dad: “Are the crude deadly?” And the
elder replied: “Do you mean are the crude dangerous?” And the
boy said: “No, I’m asking: Are the crude deadly?” And the
father said: “You still don’t get it.” This story concludes the
metaphorical portion of our show — now let me tell you that the
above conversation literally occurred in the physical juices of
one person’s brain. And now on to that part of our show, best
liked by Philistines – The Nothing Part.

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On a satellite in another solar system was a myth factory —
but they went out of business when they wouldn’t switch over to,
“Chocolate-covered.”

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Follow-Up
If the survival level of human animation equals work, and
the neural level equals play, then entertainment is paying
someone else to play for you.

***

The Human Race: The world’s largest sporting event, and one
timed to operate no faster than the mortal respiratory rate.

***

One day, in this one place, local conditions suddenly came
out with this little rhyme:
“Oh — artists make me antsy, while the
Bland put me to sleep,
I b’lieve I’ll juice things up a bit,
Bet I won’t know when to stop!”
And just in the nick of time, life showed up, and slapped its
face: “Snap out of it, man!” Whew! — close shave time again!

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Electricity For The Anxious
You can plug into the wall — or, try to find another place.

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To be more neurally enthused and animated is to be more
conscious.
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Query: If everywhere they look, mystics see metaphors, what
do metaphors see when they look around? Note: You could also
ask this using “words and reality” instead of “mystics and
metaphors.”

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One Of The City’s Anthems For Its Loyal Residents
You can play with words,
You can play with yourself,
You can play with your money,
You can play with your health;

You can do anything that you wanna do, but,
Uh, uh, honey don’t you try to move.

***

One man pondered: “When I’m not feeling so good, I can
always make myself feel better by making fun of other
people…but then I don’t feel so good about doing that. You
think I maybe on to something!?”

…..Fact: Bullets were made to fly. Fact: They’ll fly with
or without your assistance. Moral: Duck!

***

The ordinary are always enthused more by fear than by
promise, more by bad news than by discovery. ** While routine
men may pray for rain, those extremely bored will plead for
floods.

***

And Now For The: “Got It Backwards” Part Of Our Show
Every time you die, you reveal a portion of your biography.

***

And now, this item from our:
“What The Hell D’Ya Think Was Going On!?” Department:
Why do only Philistines think to take courses in creativity
and originality!? …Come to think of it: Why do they bother!?
…Well!?! — What the hell d’ya think!?

***

After many years of serious, occult endeavors, one man began
to act sullen and withdrawn, …’til finally the director told
him to “snap out of it” or he’d let the understudy replace him.

***
Man: The only creature who will (for the sake of fashion)
wear glasses when he doesn’t need them, and will (for the purpose
of limiting awareness) don blinders to inhibit his vision. **
The stagnant hero of one land stood high atop the city walls, and
proclaimed to the populous: “I will think no thought, nor grasp
any concept before its time! — And the time the mystics propose
is always far too ahead of where we peacefully stand today.” And
Lo! — the people greeted this news with as much excitement and
enthusiasm as is minimally required by urban, neural life.

***

The reason neural warriors never take prisoners is because
they have too many mouths to feed to begin with — when they have
only themselves! — which is one of the reasons they took up the
martial path to begin with. ** And an observer notes: “There
certainly are a lot of ‘begins’ and ‘reasons’ in that sentence.”
Yes sir, you are correct, and originally there was a reason for
this, but as always: Once you realize it — it’s no longer
pertinent. And the gentleman pressed: “So why did you bother to
say it?” Sir, such is the glamour and glitter of the verbal
world, and with that, he left to find a place where he could
surrender, and turn-himself-in.

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The Way Things Work In The Monastery
The young monks believe that the older monks “know the
secret” while the older ones look at the younger ones and ask of
themselves: “So what happened!? — Where’d I miss it!?” **
“Daddy, is this why real mystics live alone even when they’re
with somebody?”

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Follow-Up To An Earlier Follow-Up
If enthusiasm is what gives the joy to man’s neural life,
then entertainment is paying someone else to be enthusiastic for
you.

***

According to one lesser known holy scripture: What you have
to look forward to in heaven is that everyone will be “world
famous!” — and no one will be envious! …(Your shadow twin
just asked where he could sign up.)

***

One way by which the crude and simple can tolerate their
condition is by continuing to act — crude and simple.

***
The city took aside a group of people who were proving to be
totally unsatisfied and accepting of the speed at which things
were moving and said to them: “Look, life wants you to be
enthusiastic — but not that much!”

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Regarding “Belief”
If you believe what cows believe then you too are a cow.

***

A man recently was struck: “It would seem as though a fully
functioning human could do anything possible for a human to do!
— even if it appears not possible in his individual case.”

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Men generally find it easier to be enthusiastic publicly,
rather than privately.

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At an early age one kid concluded: “You can either read
about weird people, or — be weird yourself.” And just in time,
life showed up to — circumcise him, give him a haircut, tell him
to “shape up”, send him off to school, and otherwise,
sufficiently distract him from his initial foolishness.

***

You can either talk about the human condition — or
potential. …And with a crowd that had triple lobes, you can do
both.

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Heroes
If the future is not your hero, you’re never sufficiently
enthused.

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The ordinary mind was not meant to be original — that’s
where the more conscious come in.

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Regardless of how the ordinary interpret the genetic myths,
the more awake know that — home is always “up ahead.”

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