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1576 04/08/96 Copyright J. M. Cox 1996
A man went to god for glasses — on more than one occasion —
but never did he receive spectacles that made him see as clearly as he
wanted, and after complaining and explaining in detail what he had in mind,
god kinda snorted and replied,
“You didn’t really expect I was ever going to just hand out anything that
would facilitate you accomplishing that, now did you?”
A functional benefit provided to followers of
structured, symmetrical, self-contained systems,
from the merely religious
to those aimed at the expansion of consciousness,
is that one can become engrossed in the theoretical details of the system
sufficiently to distract from the lack of making the practical efforts
Legend tells of one of mankind’s earliest inner explorers who said,
“Is or is not the mind a strange apparatus? —
’tis like a wondrous, one-of-a-kind flashlight for man to investigate the
dark — and yet with a lens that naturally distorts.”
In more recent days, one of his progeny so concluded,
“Just because things may appear to be arranged in a ‘funny’ and curious
manner does mean that they still cannot be understood aright.”
The life of an ordinary man is a life lived with no interruptions —
oh, he may think and talk about him interrupting certain processes,
but that’s all it ever is — think, talk, and imagination —
for it requires someone out of the ordinary
to actually bring about an interruption in the processes that are his life.
…Look on the bright side:
As long as you do not struggle against the flow of the river in which you
are, you run no risk of drowning.
…Another way you can pick a mystic out of a crowd
is by the fact that, given his druthers,
he’s not interested in “looking on the brighter side”
at the expense of what he really wants to see.
One man’s mind one day up and said to him,
“If you always hurt the one you love, and absence makes the heart grow
fonder, and quoting others is a sign of intelligence,
then they dropped us off on the wrong planet.”
Those who speak of Nature as a substitute for god still do not understand,
in that they think of Nature as yet being some force outside of man, which
it is not — life itself is alive, and everything man knows is in it.
An awakened man is like the inside of a mouth that understands the head.
“I used to be quite interested in the kinds of things you talk about,
and for a while even watched your show and read some of your writings,
but I am no longer a child, and well into my mature years,
so much so that just through the natural effects of aging
I am no longer as concerned about certain matters as I once was —
so why should I purposefully run the risk of upsetting myself all over again
by still giving any serious attention to matters such as you speak of?
P.S. Do I, or do I not, present a fair example of
man’s overall history in this regard?
Those interested in a transcendental journey,
given the choice of one with an itinerary, specific maps, & traveling
instructions and one that seems entirely vague and open-ended,
will, in the main, faithfully select one over the other.
…”Hey,” said a man,
suitcase in hand,
“what is the mind for
if not to help up make such enlightened choices?”
…(Hey! — you got me.)
One man concluded that the only thing interesting in the talk of man
is when its sound is musical or poetic,
and that the content is never worthy of notice.
A teacher so instructed his children,
“Believing that you can do it is half the battle,”
and secretly, behind his back, the battle laughed at him
in that objective, metallic way that it can do so well.
While the mind is man’s unique doorway,
it also creates the feeling of separation between
and out there —
which, though natural and understandable,
is not necessarily the final possible word in the matter.
There was once a fish who became so dazzled by a certain unusual ability
that for periods of time it would lose sight of the distinction between
itself and the water.
A conductor on one rail line said to a nephew,
“The temptation each day,
when you realize you have again ‘missed your train,’
is to offer others assistance in catching theirs.”
…And the lad pondered if this was another note of the subtle attraction
and power of systemized approaches to transcendental travel.
In what appears to be a major breakthrough in the field,
the head of one of the country’s leading psychiatric hospitals
will be publishing next month
an article in which he makes the clear claim that
“did not men have minds,
they would have no ‘mental problems.'”
…Upon hearing of this, one man said,
“Well, that about relieves us of all pressures, other than death,”
but could not tell for sure whether he was pleased with this realization
A landlord said to his son,
“The benefit of having tenants be concerned about those in the penthouse
is that it distracts them from the problems arising from those in the
basement…and, of course, vice versa.”
One day god said to a man,
“Okay, as your punishment, you have a choice:
you can either be uncertain & confused,
or be ordinary.”
And the man thought, “That’s a choice?”
Every recognized, historical, mystical figure
was the invention of an unrecognized one.
…On what basis does one seek the origins of the merely potential
in the ruins of that which is dead and in decay?
When one man awoke to the true situation, reflected he:
“What is all of my routine thinking but
Ignorance is linear.
A viewer writes:
“Regarding an item you read earlier this evening that said
‘ignorance is linear,’ didn’t you leave something out?
— wasn’t there more to it than that?”
The neat thing about mental uncertainties of all stripes is that,
while they won’t kill you, they still can’t be cured.
…And from several quarters comes the objection that we have this
backwards — ah-h-h!
Pertinent Proverb Update:
When the simple dislike the message
but are also cowardly and afraid to shoot the messenger,
they will often go after the sentence itself.
…And the mind of the ordinary says,
“I’ve yet to meet the words I cannot overcome,”
yet it fails to account for its continuing feelings of failure.
One man’s present view of it:
“Being a thinking creature is like living in a dark cave —
but the most brilliantly lit dark cave imaginable.”
Another man’s latest take on the matter,
“Being a thinking creature is like living in a uniquely lit cave —
and yet still, somehow, darkened.
When the verdict was read, the man’s voice thought:
say it isn’t so!”
Which was the only rhetorical defense he could muster at the moment.
There was once a great power which,
without the use of shackles or fences,
held billions in captivity
by simply making them feel sorry for themselves.
So, in private, one man said to himself,
“What good does it do to know the secret of life
if you can’t get your car started in the morning?”
…(And he sure knew what he meant by that, all right!)
A certain man awoke one morning and immediately thought:
“I feel like I’ve died and gone to heaven.”
And his mind coquettishly said,
“Ah shucks, go on — it’s just little ole me.”
On one planet they had a proverb that said:
Those whom the gods would destroy
they first make uncertain as to what is actually funny and what is not.
The reason it is so difficult to study man’s mental operations is because
the brain is not quick enough to catch itself.
Intentions are of no significance
if the aim runs eighty miles-an-hour
and the intention only forty.
There is only one thing in the life of man about which nothing can truly
be said — which is the very thing we talk about here.
…(“Hey, makes sense to me,” says one man who doesn’t want to be
The ordinary live by the highway sign:
Give Explanations — Take Explanations.
How to confidently identify those professionally trained in mental health
They’re the ones who believe that there can be
psychological changes without physiological ones.
According to one legend:
God originally told Adam a marvelous secret —
which he went and buried somewhere.
The mind is always on the move —
which is its natural state,
but with which a few have always found fault.
…(“Well, picky, picky!” replied the mind of everyman.)
One man thought:
“At least in a strange way I make progress —
for I’m so stupid now that I no longer need the assistance of such things
as drugs, alcohol, and feelings of anger and criticism to sustain my
and having occasion to refer to himself,
one man would often use the word “we,” but not (noted he)
in the editorial sense.
Those interested in affairs such as this
are like men,
though standing amidst the normal crowd of commuters,
rather than awaiting the next scheduled train,
are intent on riding tomorrow’s — NOW!
Within every hurricane and other disturbances is a quiet spot.
There was once a man who discovered his mind to be a tornado.
The ignorant and uncertain have to be serious!
…(Kinda leaves the field wide open for the rest of us, huh?)
A man once said to a mystic,
“Do you people not suspect that there is a reason for
certain areas being underpopulated?”
And the nonstandard one complimented the man for not saying “a good reason.”
Upon awakening one morning and realizing what was going on, one man said,
“So, it’s come to this, has it?” — and sure enough it had.