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Audio of Jan Cox April 04, 2001
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Suggested Title: “Just Right” Bleed-Over

Begin: A large part of what the brain does is in silence. The silent part of the brain is responsible for the internal regulation of the body (Blood pressure, Heart rate, etc.) and also a big part of our reaction to the external world.

The silent part of the brain’s program is to keep things in and around the body “just right.” When the talking part of the brain is involved in physical matters (health-survival) it is also trying to keep the body “just right” (ex. Not drinking from a bottle labeled poison)

05:00 Our bodies and minds are designed to work to our advantage. But when the talking part of the brain is engaged in matters that are not related to physical health or survival it has a relentless persistence to make matters in the second reality (politics, religion etc) “just right.”

Bitching, whining, smart ass remarks about second realty matters is a way for the talking part of the mind to make things just right by pointing out what is wrong. If you look, the talking part of the mind is a bleed-over from the responsibilities of the silent part of the mind (health, survival, physical matters)

10:00 The silent part of the brain is programmed for the health and survival of the body. And this is all other creatures have. Humans’ talking part of the brain makes their survival more likely by surveying the danger and problem solving.

When the talking part of the brain is involved in daydreaming (ex. Thinking about the president’s speech) and you are confronted with a situation that needs both the talking part and the silent part of the brain you snap out of the daydream. (Though it is not what we call being “awake.’)

When the talking part of the brain is daydreaming (ex If we just had president X instead of Y things would be just right) it is a bleed-over from the silent part of the brain keeping the body just right so you feel good. The brain has a map of what makes our physiology “just right.” (Blood pressure, etc.)

15:00 Every complaint that men have about one another (that is not related to its health or survival) the talking part of the brain made up. Politics, religion, and morality were all created by the talking part of the brain. The TPOB (talking part of the brain) never stops. And we don’t like it.

The bitching and whining and smart-ass remarks is redundant and heartless but the TPOB can not help itself. What good does bitching and whining do when life is running itself anyway. All the plotting and scheming and judgmental comments over the intangibles of the TPOB is just useless noise.

20:00 And to go one step further, there is no basis for judging what is “just right in second reality.” When the TPOB is not involved in physical matters it is involved in whatever your interest may be. (ex. Music, politics, religion etc.) And what would make those interests “just right.”

The brain is doing something that is based on a program to make things “just right.” When you see for yourself that when the brain is not involved in physical matters, what it is doing (what we (the brain) find annoying and irrelevant) it is whining about things which you have no control or physical interest.

25:00 But another view of the TPOB can change your feelings of being annoyed when the mind makes smart-ass remarks. And that is the TPOB is doing what it is programmed to do. It is seeking to make things “just right” by pointing out what is wrong.

When the TPOB rails against the evils of the world it is seeking perfection. But when the TPOB is called upon to give a sick colleague CPR it can go from yakking about the evils of the world to administering CPR. Animals can’t do that. They could only watch.

30:00 From one view the constant running of the mind is irrelevant. There are times I would like to crush the TPOB but all it is doing is trying to make things “just right.” It is a bleed-over from instinct (Silent part of the brain) and it is trying to keep us feeling OK.

From the view we are approaching this tonight our mind is relentless in its pursuit to make things “just right.” And we (the brain) have the nerve to criticize it. But then again the brain (we) is criticizing itself. Which is another story.


Jan’s Posted Daily Fresh Real News

April 4, 2001.


There was a bug who lived inside a glass jar,
and though the jar was inconceivably larger
than the bug,
it spent most of its life pressed up against the glass.

(The jar itself is inside an even larger container.)

The bug was quite talented,
and had many responsibilities;
the ongoing ones were primarily managed by
parts of its body that generally were
some distance from the walls of the jar,
while certain of the periodically appearing ones apparently could only be properly handled when its
face was — up-against-the-glass.
When conditions required thus,
the end of the bug that was always against the glass
would give its complete attention to the matter at hand,
a characteristic of great advantage
when the matter was of consequence,
but this carried over into times when
nothing of significance was going on,
and resulted in the bug continually giving its total attention to whatever outside the glass
had momentarily caught its fancy —
no matter how unimportant.

The bug was dedicated to its duties,
and another of its prominent features was an indefatigable desire that everything be — just right!
— all the time!
This too was advantageous when
circumstances were serious —
but when they were not —
this relentless insistence on perfection
took on a different taste.

The bug, (being simply an instinctively driven insect),
seemed to have no control over this desire that everything it perceived through the glass
should always be just right — perfectly arranged,
as per its view of things.

Circumstances outside the bugs glass jar
seldom met his definition of being — just right
indeed — almost never:
a fact about which it made continual comment to itself.

The bug had quite a fertile mind,
and constantly imagined how things outside its glass jar could be made — just right.
This activity spawned a series of creative endeavors which reflected bug-eyed-views of perfection,
and which both entertained bugs,
and further fueled their hunger there for.

Thus is the tell-all story of the bug in the glass jar.

Trust you enjoyed it,
was good having you here,
drive home safely.


oh yeah, couple a more things:
The bug s unstated, instinctive view is that:
for things to be just right, and perfect,
they would have to be permanent; conditions could never change,
and since this is not possible — the bug frets.

Ever changing conditions — ever fretting bug.

Everything you need to know to know everything.

(An even more expansive version of the story is available if you replace the word, “bug”
with another certain one word that also begins with “b.”.)

A father cautioned a son: “Don’t stand too close to that thing.”