Jan Cox Talk 0388

The Growth Alternative

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September 5, 1988
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And Kyroot Said…

All fresh ideas begin to lose some of their bloom as soon as
you tell someone.

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In a routine political context, I heard one City pundit
declare, “All do well in Ireland except the Irish,” and the
unrecognized, unpolitical possibilities of such a statement are
staggering.

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Never overlook the possible City value of the “safe
statement.” (P.S. Never be seduced by it either.)

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And the Man forthrightly stated, “Listen, I say, ‘Don’t
quote me on that,’ and you can quote me on that.”

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A truly “nagging” question the City Philosophers simply
refuse to face is, if god were a musician would he be union?

***

Let me tell you straight-out and up-front: You can’t move,
or rearrange history without major Mayflower complications. If
Napoleon had known what awaited him at Waterloo he would have no
longer BEEN Napoleon.

***

You may not be able to get the toothpaste back in the tube,
by you CAN put a bullet back in a gun.

***

From the crowd gathered before the marbled building, one Man
stepped forward, shaking his fist at the political structure, and
in his best accusatory voice cried out, “You can hide a pile of
shit, but what will you do with the stink?” And another Man
staggered from the mob, and collapsed under a nearby tree,
completely overcome with the worry as to why ANYone would want to
“hide” a pile of shit.

***

In a certain revolutionary sense, you should probably not
let easily the words of the few fall into the hands of the many.

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The Revolutionist is always riding on full, or right at
empty.

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One way to avoid a Revolutionist’s life is to talk about it.
Oh, you can also use this to make up for not living such a life.
Brilliant, huh?

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Remember: It’s not what’s SAID, but what’s HEARD… (and
even then it CAN be the other way around).

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Major portions of these programs are brought to you through
the generosity of the Kennert Foundation which asks the question,
“Why?”

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It seems that the name of one of his verses was, “At
Disneyland with a six pack of valium and no place to park.” (You
can FORGET the chorus.)

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Never trust a god with a toll free number.

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Nouns are just verbs slowed down. And goods are just
services in three quarter time.

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And a REAL ruler stated in a chillingly unambiguous voice,
“O.K., People, stand back, or I’ll stand back for you.” (Dig it,
mutant music lovers, as an internal two step.)

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All City dreams are “loss leaders,” and all of Life’s
promises to Man are a form of “bait & switch.”

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O.k., sergeant, round up all the known genes in the area,
fingerprint and book ’em.

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A Real Revolutionist is like an uphill avalanche.

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Transcript

THE GROWTH ALTERNATIVE

Copyright (c) Jan M. Cox, 1988

Document: 388,  September 5, 1988

In a 3-D universe, binary alternatives are required for any growth. In a 4-D world it would be otherwise, and a 5-D world would be something else. If, to use the old Buddhist term, you became enlightened, and understood the 3-D world of the City on a permanent basis, you would then be faced with a new situation: what you understood would not fuel what you need to understand about the 4-D world. Just a bit of encouragement.

But at the 3-D level there is a continual binary spread of alternatives. It operates in a pretty simple way: at any given moment the alternatives split into two lines, that of growth and non-growth. I say “at any given moment,” but look how many moments you’re going to have to live before you die. A whole lot of moments. And every single moment does not seem to be a very distinct demand for a choice. It could be something fairly irrelevant — “Should I have another piece of cake,” — but if the sensation of choice is present, it has some significance. It has some significance or you would not feel the choice.

Every sensation of morality that has ever been on this planet is based on the growth/non-growth binary split. Every sensation of good and evil, right and wrong, overeating, greed …not only in every moment of YOUR life: try and perceive the greater moments in Life’s life, operating at an almost unimaginable tempo and speed. Whatever Life is doing, the general pattern is to pursue any given line which will make it grow. In the same way, internally you can sustain a myriad of steps along the line of non-growth. Every time you have a sip of alcohol, every time you smoke a cigarette, every time you get mad, it is a non-growth choice. But then Life itself can abide millions of its own cellular units (humans) smoking, drinking, and killing each other. It can tolerate it; but notice, the majority of people do not kill each other. The majority of people do not “waste their lives” through drug abuse. The majority of people are middle-class, square, right down the center. They stumble through some sixty-two years of life and they serve a purpose. In the same way, you can tolerate ingesting “controlled substances” and have survived because the overall scheme is to move in the line of growth. That is the beginning and end of all morality. That is the heartbeat of all religions. It is the basis of all civilized law. The force of Life itself is moving toward growth, and therefore anything not conducive to growth ends up categorized as immoral, uncivilized, and (when it gets real strong) illegal. Everything that every religion forbids is something that, if it were done on a wholesale level, would be detrimental to the growth of Life. If you see correctly, there is nothing to laugh at in any religion in the world. Can you imagine Life growing if the majority of the world’s population were comprised of the kind of people who drink a six pack of beer every night? Therefore, it’s immoral.

It is Life in general pushing Man in this binary split of alternatives continually taking place over and over, and then bisecting one person with another, and then into the fourth dimension. It is the constant of time — the backdrop of all this. It comes out as “morality,” and all it is addressing is behavior not falling into the line of growth.

A Revolutionist needs to see that the whole thing has not been properly perceived. It is not being seen in a manner in which it CAN be seen. At times it seems no more than a non-ending plague of confrontational alternatives. It doesn’t matter what it is. “Should I continue drinking decaffeinated coffee? Should I get more exercise? Should I not have these strange sexual daydreams? If you feel that there is a choice to be made, you’re in it. But you’ve never correctly perceived it. I’m telling you straight. As long as the binary alternative is improperly perceived, it is taken as being “conscience implanted in us by God,” or, “unconscious motivations.” Once you see it for what it is, the feeling of being plagued by nagging decisions is gone. It is not some payoff for an afterlife; it is not unconscious motivations which may or may not have validity. It has all the validity in the world. But if it is improperly perceived, for the Revolutionist, it is rendered useless. The way in which it is described in the City is irrelevant.

Life wants you to grow. If any of you say otherwise, suicide is always a fine alternative. But go join another club…I don’t consider it a fit hobby for people I know. You are either moving ahead and growing, or you are going backward. In business, for instance: they are either growing or deteriorating. A business does not stand still. That is known even in the City. They might say, “Hey, that’s almost a metaphor for life!” No, that IS life.

I started by saying it is a continual binary split of alternatives, but if you get better you have to drag in the third alternative: my “E.” There are some moments when apparently there you stand, and there is no choice. It’s almost like a “timeout.” But most people with an active nervous system can only stand a few moments of that, and then it’s, “What should I do? I should be doing something.” You cannot, in This, continually pursue the non-growth line and grow. I didn’t save your life; you’d have gone ahead and lived out your time without me. So, in a sense you will grow and serve Life’s purpose, as much as anyone in the City does, if you don’t take This any further. But to do This singular thing — to grow on your own for no particular reason — you not only cannot pursue the non-growth line, shortly you have to understand that there is the third line. At times when, apparently, nothing is going on and everything is possible, that’s when you have got direct access to the “E” pool. That is, that which is irrelevant. “What should I do? What should I do?” That seems to be the question.

Another little piece about this. Can you see that the feeling people have that “things are deteriorating” has its basis in this binary growth/non-growth alternative? At any time, the growth line requires effort of some kind, and the other does not. I’ll rephrase it: it is very natural to feel that things could and are probably going to deteriorate. People don’t know why they feel that way, but I am now telling you. For everything not to completely go to hell requires moment to moment effort on the part of somebody. A whole lot of somebodies. Because non-growth takes no effort. And what is the inclination? Non-growth is the easy part.