Jan Cox Talk 2455

Intelligent, but Mindless…

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The News

COPYRIGHT 1999: JAN Cox

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A CERTAIN MAN, WELL KNOWN AS A SELF-PROCLAIMED, “ENLIGHTENED MYSTIC”
CLAIMED THAT HE HAD BEEN “BORN AWAKE”,
AND A PASSING. STRANGER HEARING THIS ASSERTION ASKED HIM IF HE HAD EVER
KNOCKED OVER A GLASS, STUBBED HIS TOE, OR MISPLACED HIS KEYS,
AND WHEN THE MYSTIC AGREED THAT HE HAD, THE STRANGER NOTED THAT
BASED ON HIS OWN ADMISSIONS THE MYSTIC COULDN’T POSSIBLY HAVE BEEN AWAKE
ALL OF HIS LIFE, BUT AFTER ONLY MOMENTARY REFLECTION THE MYSTIC DISMISSED
THE STRANGER’S OBSERVATION: “NO, I’M SORRY, BUT THE EXAMPLES YOU PROPOSE
ARE FAR TOO ORDINARY TO HAVE ANY MYSTICAL SIGNIFICANCE, AND THUS PROVE NOTHING.”
AND THE STRANGER SEEMED NOT AT ALL SURPRISED AT HIS RESPONSE,
AND IN FACT SAID TO HIMSELF: “ISN’T THAT ALWAYS THE CASE?!”,
AND SILENTLY AGREED WITH HIMSELF THAT: “INDEED IT IS.”
NON-ENLIGHTENED MYSTICS LOVE TO PRESENT THEMSELVES AS BEING TOTALLY ENGROSSED IN MATTERS OF AN OTHER WORLDLY NATURE; HELPS EXCUSE THEIR CLUMSINESS IN THIS ONE. …uH, YOU MIGHT BE INTERESTED TO KNOW THAT BACK IN THE THIRTEEN HUNDREDS THERE WAS
A STRANGER WHO, BY SOME REPORTS, WAS TRULY A MYSTIC
WHOSE SOLE TEACHING WAS CONTAINED IN THREE WORDS: “INDEED IT IS.”
No MATTER THE SUBJECT BROUGHT TO HIS ATTENTION, THE ONLY COMMENT
HE EVER OFFERED WAS: “INDEED IT IS.”
…(HOW COME YOU RECKON THAT THE MEMORY OF SOME MENS’ IDEAS REGARDING THE
UNDERSTANDING OF THE MIND SURVIVE WHILE OTHERS DON’T’1
…AND BETTER STILL: WHY IS IT THE INEFFECTIVE ONES ARE MOST COMMONLY REMEMBERED?!
…OR BETTER THAN EVEN THAT: ASK YOUR SELF WHY YOUR OWN MIND RECALLS
PARTICULAR IDEAS RELATED TO OUR AIM WHILE IGNORING AND FORGETTING OTHERS?!
ONE MAN STOOD HIGH ATOP A HILL, SPREAD WIDE HIS ARMS AND DECLARED: “MY MIND IS AN OPEN AND VAST STOREHOUSE.”, AND AS SOME CONFLICTING AND INEXPLICABLE IDEAS BEGAN TO GATHER ROUND HIM, SHOWING GREAT INTEREST IN HIS ANNOUNCEMENT, HE GLANCED AT THEM AND QUICKLY ADDED:
“BUT NOT THAT VAST AND OPEN!”
X X X

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INTELLIGENCE: WHAT IS INTELLIGENCE, BUT EITHER:
ACTION, OR PLANS OF ACTION THAT APPEAR PROFITABLE TO THE ACTOR — OR, THOSE THAT WE SUBJECTIVELY DEEM TO BE?!
BELOW THE VERBAL, CORTICALLY CONSCIOUS LEVEL
OUR BRAINS OPERATE, “INTELLIGENTLY”, BUT — “MINDLESSLY”. …AND INTERESTING IDEA, NO?!:
“INTELLIGENT, BUT — MINDLESS”
..(WONDER HOW WE MIGHT USE THAT IN OUR PRIVATE INVESTIGATION?!
WHEN CONSCIOUSNESS IS TOO DISTRACTED BY THE COMMENTARIES OF THE
VERBAL, ANALYTICAL, NEURAL SYSTEM
A MAN CAN EASILY REACH OVER AND TURN OFF THE COFFEE MAKER WHEN HE INTENDED
TO TURN OFF THE COUNTER TOP LIGHT.
…COULD THIS BE THE ORIGIN OF THE PHRASE CONCERNING:
“THE LEFT HAND NOT KNOWING WHAT THE LEFT BRAIN IS DOING” – NO, THAT’S NOT RIGHT;
“THE LEFT HAND NOT KNOWING WHAT THE OTHER NEURAL SYSTEM INTENDED”?! … NO..WAIT…
..OKAY, I KNOW HOW IT’S REALLY SUPPOSED TO GO:
“THE LEFT HAND DOESN’T KNOW WHAT THE RIGHT HAND IS DOING.”,
BUT WHAT I’M TRYING TO POINT. TO CONCERNS THE COMMON, SLEEPING SITUATION
WHEREIN UNINTENDED OR CLUMSY ACTIONS COME ABOUT AS A RESULT OF THE
VERBAL, ANALYTICAL SYSTEM_SO TAKING OVER CONSCIOUSNESS THAT THE
HAND BEING DIRECTED BY THE INSTINCTIVE NEURAL SYSTEM IS SUBJECTED TO
MIS-FIRINGS IN THE MOTOR NEURONS.
ORDINARY MEN ARE WELL AWARE OF THIS CONDITION AND GENERALLY PASS OFF SUCH UNTOWARD ACTS WITH THE COMMENT: “MY MIND WAS SOME WHERE ELSE.”,
BUT I SAY THAT THIS MATTER IS WORTH A GREAT DEAL OF DEEPER ATTENTION.
PONDER THE WORDS & THE IDEA FURTHER: “MY MIND WAS SOME WHERE ELSE.”,
MEN FIND THIS AN ACCEPTABLE, AND UNREMARKABLE EXPLANATION FOR THEIR
UNINTENDED BEHAVIOR, BUT WHAT IS THIS OTHER THAN THE MYSTIC’S, EXOTIC,
ESOTERIC AND OTHERWISE “OBSCURE. AND BARELY-EXPLICABLE” IDEA THAT:
“MAN IS ASLEEP”?! — WHICH IS TO SIMPLY SAY OF .A MAN THAT:
“HIS MIND WAS SOME WHERE ELSE.”,
AND YET WE ALL KNOW THAT OUR MIND IS ALWAYS RIGHT THERE IN OUR BRAIN
WHERE IT BELONGS, WORKING IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE OTHER AREAS OF THE BRAIN
THAT WE DO NOT REFER TO AS BEING, “THE MIND”.
WHAT THEN IS THIS THING OF, “BEING AWAKE” OTHER THAN EACH HAND KNOWING WHAT
THE SYSTEM OPERATING THE OTHER ONE IS DOING, AND HENCE HAVING YOUR MIND ALWAYS,
“AT HOME”, (WHEREVER IN YOUR BRAIN, “HOME” MAY BE AT ANY GIVEN MOMENT.)

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ONE MAN DISCOVERED A GREAT OPEN PLAIN, EMPTY AS FAR AS THE EYE COULD SEE, WITH THE ENTIRE LANDSCAPE MADE UP OF NOTHING BUT MIRRORS.
BUT SOON THE MAN BECAME BORED WITH THE SITUATION AND BEGAN TO CONSTRUCT UPON THE VAST, UNENCUMBERED SPACE — A CITY — AND IMAGINARY CITY, FILLED WITH AN EVER INCREASING NUMBER OF ILLUSIONARY STRUCTURES AND ACTIVITIES, …UNTIL THE DAY CAME WHEN HE FORGOT THAT THE ACTUAL TOPOGRAPHY OF THE PLACE WAS OPEN, EMPTY AND INFINITE
AND ALL THAT NOW APPEARED TO FILL IT WAS BUT AN INVENTION OF HIS MIND.
To SHARPEN THE STORY:
HE ACTUALLY CONSTRUCTED THE IMAGINARY CITY ON BUT PART OF THE ORIGINAL OPEN SPACE, BUT IN TIME,
(DUE TO THE VERBAL EXCITEMENT HE HAD BUILT-IN TO HIS MENTAL METROPOLIS), HIS ATTRACTION TO THAT ONE PART
MADE IT SEEM TO BE — ALL ENCOMPASSING.
THIS INNER SITUATION IN HIS BRAIN RESULTED IN MANY BENEFITS TO THE MAN’S
PHYSICAL EXISTENCE,
BUT EVENTUALLY,
AT A VERY SUBTLE LEVEL,
BE BEGAN TO BE BOTHERED BY IT.
X X X
LEGEND TELLS OF A FAR AWAY, NOW FORGOTTEN. ISLAND ONWHICH THE INHABITANTS WERE CURIOUSLY CONSTRUCTED
IN THAT ONE OF THEIR HANDS COULD SPEAK
WHILE THE OTHER WAS SILENT AND JUST WENT ABOUT THE NORMAL BUSINESS OF A HAND. …AND THAT’S ABOUT ALL THE LEGEND TELLS US….HUMMM,
GUESS THAT’S WHY IT’S BEEN MOSTLY FORGOTTEN, HUH?!
XXX

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THERE IS A METRONOME EFFECT THAT CONTROLS THE PHYSICAL BEHAVIOR OF MEN;
IT IS A PRODUCT OF THE RELATIONSHIP PARTICULAR TO EACH MAN’S BRAIN
BETWEEN THE VERBAL, CONSCIOUS, ANALYTICAL SYSTEM,
AND THE SILENT, NON CONSCIOUS, INSTINCTIVE ONE.-
‘PROF. QUANTUM, (HALF BROTHER OF THE WELL KNOWN SAINT OF THE SAME NAME),
PROPOSES THAT IF THE TWO SYSTEMS COULD BE MEASURED SEPARATELY
THAT THE INSTINCTIVE ONE WOULD BE SHOWN TO BE RESPONSIBLE FOR
CLUMSY OR UNINTENDED ACTS AT LEAST 4,0001 LESS OFTEN THAN THE ANALYTICAL ONE.
THE PROFESSOR DOES POINT OUT THAT SUCH A DISCRETE MEASUREMENT OF
ONE SYSTEM IS IMPOSSIBLE DUE TO THE INHERENT INSEPARABILITY THE TWO, BUT HE NONETHELESS FINDS THE IDEA USEFUL IN HIS OWN PRIVATE STUDIES.
XXX
AS TWO…DOCTORS WALKED FROM THE DRUG ABUSE WING INTO THE MAIN HOSPITAL,
AND NOTED THE DIFFERENT ATTITUDE VISITORS HAD TOWARD THE PATIENTS IN
THE TWO AREAS, ONE OF THEM SAID:
“MEN HAVE LESS TOLERANCE AND SYMPATHY FOR SELF INFLICTED ILLS
THAN THEY DO FOR THOSE WHICH ARE NOT, HUH?!”,
AND THE SECOND PHYSICIAN, (WHO WAS TRYING TO AWAKEN),
WAS INSTANTLY STRUCK WITH HOW THIS Also APPLIED TO HIS AUTOMATIC ATTITUDE TOWARD
CERTAIN OF THE IDEAS THAT VISITED HIS MIND.
X X X
A FATHER ASKED HIS SON: “IF YOU CAME INTO POSSESSION OF A MAP THAT
PURPORTED TO SHOW THE LOCATION OF A GREAT TREASURE,
WHICH YOU FOLLOWED, YET NEVER FOUND THE TREASURE — WHAT WOULD BE YOUR ATTITUDE?”
AND AFTER PONDERING THE QUERY FOR A MOMENT, THE LAD REPLIED:
“IF MY ATTEMPTS TO FOLLOW THE MAP — REGARDLESS OF THE OUTCOME —
GAVE ME PLEASURES AND EXPERIENCES THAT WOULD HAVE OTHERWISE MISSED,
I WOULD BE THOROUGHLY DELIGHTED TO HAVE PURSUED IT.”,
AND THE ELDER NOTED THAT HIS RESPONSE IS ABOUT AS VERBALLY GOOD AS IT CAN GET.
…AND MIGHT I ADD THAT,
EVEN WHILE: “THE EFFORT ITSELF CAN BE — THE REWARD.” THERE’S ACTUALLY MORE TO IT THAN THE WORDS CONVEY;

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THE EFFORT CAN INDEED BE — “ITS OWN REWARD.”,
BUT FOR THOSE WHO SEE THE MATTER THROUGH,.
THE WORD & IDEA OF, “EFFORT” ULTIMATELY PROVES TO BE OF A DIFFERENT ORDER THAN ‘TIS TAKEN TO BE BY ORDINARY MEN.
THE EFFORT I REFER TO IS: RELENTLESS, UNCERTAIN AND EVEN, SENSELESS, (THAT IS): IT IS EFFORT YOU MUST PUSH ON WITH EVEN WHEN YOU SEEM HEADED IN IRRATIONAL, OR IMPOSSIBLE DIRECTIONS.
CONSIDER THIS: AMONG ROUTINE MEN, BEING “RATIONAL” IS THE BEST PROOF POSSIBLE OF “INTELLIGENCE”,
WHILE WITH A FEW, SUCH IS NOT THE CASE AT ALL.
(HAVE YOU NOTICED THAT ALL OF THE PEOPLE WHO’VE EVER TRIED TO “WAKE. UP” WHEN-THEY REFER TO THEIR EFFORTS
THEY ALWAYS, SOME HOW — FOR SOME REASON —
MAKE THEMSELVES AND THEIR EFFORTS APPEAR IN A HIGHLY FAVORABLY LIGHT? …FUNNY HOW THAT WORKS, HUH?!,
YOU NEVER HEAR . COMMENTS OR FIND WRITINGS FROM SOMEONE WHO STRUGGLED
DILIGENTLY TO AWAKEN AND FAILED MEASURABLY FUNNY, HUH?!,
UNLESS OF COURSE YOU’D LIKE TO CONSIDER THE POSSIBILITY THAT – . …- THE ENTIRE HISTORY OF MEN ACHIEVING THEIR ENLIGHTENMENT IS ACTUALLY UNRECOGNIZED ACCOUNTS OF THEIR FAILING TO HAVE DONE SO?
…THAT’D BE EVEN FUNNIER, HUH?! WHY AREN’T YOU LAUGHING?
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WHEN ONE MAN CAME DOWN WITH AN ILLNESS COMMONLY BELIEVED TO RESULT FROM THE HABITS OF A PARTICULAR LIFE STYLE, SOMEONE ASKED HIM IF IN HINDSIGHT HE COULD SEE WHAT HE’D DONE TO BRING ON THE MALADY, AND HE REPLIED: “No, NOW THAT I HAVE IT — I’M NOT GOING TO THINK ABOUT WHAT I MAY HAVE POSSIBLE DONE TO HAVE CAUSED IT.”, WHICH, (I COULD ADD), IS AN APPROACH A MAN COULD APPLY VIS A VIS HIS INVESTIGATION REGARDING WHAT HE NOW FINDS GOING ON IN HIS MIND, AND HIS INTEREST IN SEEING IT IN A CONDITION WHICH HE FINDS MORE AGREEABLE.

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AFTER HEARING THE IDEAS THAT SAY THERE IS NO WAY TO EVER TELL IF
YOU EXPERIENCE CONSCIOUSNESS EXACTLY AS EVERYONE ELSE DOES,
AND THAT THERE IS NO OBJECTIVE WAY TO DETERMINE WHETHER AT THIS VERY MOMENT
YOU ARE “AWAKE”, OR ASLEEP AND DREAMING THAT YOU ARE AWAKE,
ONE MAN PUSHED THE WHOLE CONCEPT FURTHER,
“To ITS LEGITIMATE END”, THOUGHT HE
“THE ULTIMATE VERSION OF THIS CONCEPT WOULD BE IN REALIZING THAT
YOU CANNOT EVEN TELL FOR CERTAIN IF YOU ARE PRESENTLY – ALIVE OR DEAD!
…THERE SIMPLY EXISTS NO OBJECTIVE STANDARD BYWHICH YOUR MIND CAN KNOW
WITHOUT DOUBT WHETHER YOU ARE ALIVE, (WHICH IF YOU’RE ABLE TO THINK ABOUT
THE QUESTION, YOU CERTAINLY SEEM TO BE),
OR DEAD!, (BUT IN WHICH CASE, YOU COULD BE AND STILL BE THINKING ABOUT
THE QUESTION, AND THUS THINK THAT YOU’RE ALIVE/ EVEN IF YOU’RE NOT).
HUMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM”/ CONTINUED TO MUSE HE.
…AND OH YEAH: ONE POSSIBLE INDICATION THAT A MAN MIGHT BE AWAKE
WOULD BE IF YOU COULD GET TO ADMIT THAT/
LOOKING BACK ON IT NOW,
HE IS SOME WHAT “EMBARRASSED” ABOUT HOW HE ONCE WAS SO DETERMINED TO, “WAKE UP”
…BUT THEN AGAIN: BETTER TO “KNOW” FOR SURE THAT YOU’RE ASLEEP,
THAN TO BE DREAMING THAT YOU’RE AWAKE, HUH?! YOU’RE STILL NOT LAUGHING.
…YEAH, AND ONE MORE THING: ONE MAN FINALLY AND PERMANENTLY GOT OVER THE “PROBLEM” HE HAD WITH MUSIC WHEN HE REALIZED THAT ALL SONGS, FROM COUNTRY TO CLASSICS ARE PLAYED BY THE SAME BAND.
…OH, AND ONE LAST ITEM: DOES EVERYONE NOW REALIZE THAT YOU CANNOT THINK-.THAT. YOU’RE “ASLEEP”, OR BE IN ANY OTHER WAY CONFUSED,_ AS LONG AS YOU’RE THINKING,… “THIS.. IS ME_THINKING.”