Jan Cox Talk 2885


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September 2, 2002 © 2002: JAN COX

The topic of today’s news was going to be:
“Two forces push you around in life:
the way you feel, and the words you hear” —
but even before you get to the intended subject,
another matter subtly suggests itself early in the sentence:
“Who is this you that feelings and thoughts push around?”

No one is interested in hearing about anything that does not affect them,
(about which they are the sole judge),
and everything that influences a person either does so via sensations
running through their body, or thoughts through their mind,
and under these twin conditions a person says:
“I feel disturbed in my stomach,” or:
“I am bothered by thoughts about my job” –
both are routinely experienced by men and accepted as normal,
but from the certain, take-it-one-more-step view there is something here far more interesting than words like routine and normal can cover.

If you have a pain in a leg muscle — your leg will hurt and you will limp,
you will do so even if you somehow did not have a thought about it;
a pain in a leg is there whether you say: “I have a pain in my leg,” or not,
but a pain, a discomfort of some sort in your thoughts has no such unilateral existence;
even as it is commonly accepted that the pain a man may feel in his thoughts can be more debilitating than one in his body,
such suffering cannot exist and survive without it be real-time, thought about,
(or better put for the keen eyed/I’d: the thought about the pain be present in your brain).

With the matter presented in this manner, normal minds could find no fault,
but what they can do is totally ignore it under all other circumstances,
the I, the self in men’s brain which is the medium for what they call, thoughts,
makes no on-going distinction between the forces operating in their body
which influence their lives,
and the forces confined to the cortical area of his brain which also seem to;
when confronted directly, all men recognize the difference between a wound to their body and a worry in their mind, but they are not routine so confronted —
and most certainly, not by themselves;
men slide through seventy plus years of life —
this distinction absent in their working awareness.

But that is only the opening bars of this fascinating ditty,
the hook of the song is in the never examined area of the, you that you say and think is the object that is being pushed around by these twin forces.
If your body could somehow think without the brain’s consciousness,
and your leg hurt, your body (we can only assume) would (or at least, could) say to itself:
“The leg hurts” — and about this
(as with everything else about you considered expediently from a strictly physical perspective) — there is nothing untoward to be found,
and even after we bring back in consciousness,
you thinking: “My leg hurts” is certainly not inappropriate, and indeed, may well be in definite order vis a vis the thought causing you to seek medical attention thereto in the rightful pursuit of survival,
but from the certain view, the entire landscape shifts strikingly when
thoughts think about themselves
(even whilst in ordinary minds it is not seen as such; routine humans do not comprehend
in any way whatsoever the basic activity in their own minds for what it is).
When an ordinary person thinks/says: “I am hurt by the thoughts I have about
my lover, my father, my country, my religion, my political party —
my thoughts about life itself” –
they believe themselves to experience the discomfort as really as they would a stomach ache, and not only that misperception (from the certain view), but when it is their GI tract grieving, it is doing so regardless of whether the humanly formed sentiment: “My stomach hurts” accompanies it or not — the stomach is in pain whether there is a you in your head at that moment making a verbal acknowledgment thereof or nay,
whereas when the ache is in the thoughts issuing through the cortex of the brain, and a man says/thinks: “I am hurting in my mind” (or: “soul, spirit,” whatnot)
the hurt and the thing hurting (“I”) are one in the same.
(Difficult once again to resist the parenthetical: Don’t you begin to get it?!*)

No greater illusion do there be –
none more profitably from which to flee.


* Self censure should not follow here from since a life time required to realize it is not unexpected.