Jan Cox Talk 3214

No One Knows What Being Awake Is, Until They Are.


The following recordings are from Jan’s final years, when his voice was diminished and he spoke in a low whisper. Some listeners may find these tapes hard to listen to, or difficult to understand. Thus, as another option, transcripts are being made and will be posted.

Otherwise, turn up the volume and enjoy! Those who carefully listened to Jan during this period consider that he spoke plainly and directly to the matter at hand, “pulling out all the stops,” as he understood that these were to be his last messages to his groups, and to posterity.

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Notes by TK

The brain creates or reconstructs, almost out of whole cloth, an emotional experiential world from discrete physical stimuli (or remembered word, thought or action). Consider the influence this has on one’s perception of what reality is. (39:33) #3214

Jan’s Daily Fresh Real News (to accompany this talk)

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The Outlier’s Outline To Dumping The Inner Pretension
OCTOBER 18, 2004 © 2004: JAN COX

As soon as children become operationally verbal they start making up rules & rituals
for themselves & their playmates, and when they enter school and start on the
fast track to adulthood, they commence their life long unquestioning submission to publicly promoted social, civic, and religious rules & rituals already in place –
ask yourself: why? – (and furthermore): men from the primitive to sophisticated faithfully follow rituals which clearly do not produce their promised results,
yet in them they persist – and with apparent great pleasure – why?
What is it that life, by instilling in man this fascination with rules & rituals,
wants from him – no, let us be more precise:
what is it that life wants from his consciousness? –
for without consciousness, there are no rules & rituals.
Bonus Ponder: For a ritual to be viable it must be taught in words;
it cannot be mutely shown; it must be conveyed in words – but then again:
for everything in man’s cultural, religious, political, intellectual & artistic reality to exist, it must be verbally described.
Question: How can a situation so singularly volcanic be so totally ignored?
(“Phew! I was afraid you were going to say: consciously ignored.”)

Concerning the claim commonly heard in the city professing man’s impending destruction of the planet, one chap mused:
“How can the environment destroy the environment.”
(He ultimately decided this was a question more appropriate for the planet to ponder. [As if planets don’t have better things to do!])

Regarding its twin hemispherical construction, an unusually perceptive
consciousness might picture normal men as mentally having a: “right brain,”
and a “left-foot-in-a-bucket-of-slop brain.”
(Or as one man puts it: “The idiot giveth – and the imbecile taketh away.”
[Seems fair enough.])

Packin’ Those Rats (Or As They Say In The City: Retaining Them Anals).
One guy asks: “Is it better to: have-and-not-need – or to: not need,
so that it doesn’t matter what you have?”

Awakening: (Regarding The Practical Side).
No one knows specifically how to awaken – even the man awake;
all he knows now is what being awake results in.

Sometimes when alone at home and in a silly mood, one regularly manly guy,
as he walks from one room to another, will suddenly swish & sashay like
the world’s biggest sissy – then afterwards think, sheepishly & suspiciously:
“I sure do that well for it to just be an act ” – then one day further mused:
“But I also often appear to be astoundingly dense –
when we all know for certain that I’m not — right?!”

About their lives: the dumb always feel defensive.

On a faraway nascent world (which never achieved its full potential) at 9: 45 AM, fourteen thousand hours after its creation, all the creatures there stopped what
they were doing and stood at attention – their cells awaiting further instructions – which have yet to come.
(“Sounds suspiciously like the world in the conscious area of my brain.”)
To the certain man (securely on the way to the great destination):
everything sounds “suspiciously-like.”

About their lives: the undernourished always feel uncertain.

Though he started out planning to go by bus — one man ended up on a ship,
and the purser noted that while the tickets are not comparable – the journey is.

Awakening: (Regarding The Intellectual Side).
No one knows what being awake is until they are.

In the commons at city college a man was arrested for hawking what he claimed was
an aphrodisiac-for-the-mind;
it was not that the neural nostrum was known not to work,
but rather that officials feared it might.

The knowledge available to those in prison is thinking-with-the-life-left-out-of-it.

A city father with a family in the fourth ward advised his scion suchly:
“In life you’re going to find that some people are more like themselves than
anyone else – not many – but some, and if you’re not one of them —
don’t bother coming back here after you’re physically grown.”

Awakening: (Regarding The Emotional Side).
No one knows what being awake is until they are —
and then all they know is what it feels like.

Mules have their own philosophy of life
(but as you might expect: they keep it pretty much to themselves).

Prison Update.
If you want to be popular — you have to say popular things.

Breaking City News!
The latest polls show

Historical Hysteria.
The noble well-lit Crete who in fifty-four B.C. said:
“Wine does of us all, wise men make,”
was apparently the last person to whom this axiom applied.
Question: Why is alcohol, something so universally used so universally condemned?
Answer: To give people something to blame for man’s dumbness besides his
normal sober state.

Extra Grave City Update.
If you want to be considered a serious commentator —
you have to say what other commentators are saying.

Health Bulletin.
Who but the blind are qualified to direct the blind?!

Bumper Sticker With Environmental News Couched As Syntactic.
“Pesticides Don’t Kill People – Periods Do.”

For the nervous-system-rebel with an unencumbered neural site:
Thinking begets thinking.
All life on this planet is a self sustaining enterprise,
but only the consciousness of the certain man, knowingly so.

Awakening: (The Final Side).
He who knows what it is — won’t say.
(“Are you saying that literally or metaphorically? –
and do you mean he won’t say, or can’t say? –
and are these questions I’ve asked, promisingly probative,
or specious in their seeming significance?”)

And a final guy makes note:
“The fact that even trying to think about how my consciousness works
makes my mind hurt,

is all the proof I need.”