Jan Cox Talk 0417

Some Success In the City

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Summary

#417 * Nov 11, 1988 * – 1:09
Notes by TK

Kyroot to :04. To a RR/Real Revolutionist there is no such thing as “some success” (SS). “Counting your chickens”, charts, measurements etc., is involved with SS. There is a connection between validation and SS—validity encourages pursuit of SS. Gaps, lags and MPs = SS. Moving from one level of understanding to another produces genetic change giving rise to ideas of reincarnation, precognition, etc. SS keeps this moving. There is nothing available except SS.

The RR has an intolerance, no need, use for: (1) validation of others; support, approval of others; (2) talk about same to self, others etc.; (3) SSS (Some Success Syndrome): failure built-in to the process which ensures limitation to SS—continuing validation from others. Note that TT/This Thing cannot be validated. The popularity of being “tipsy” is the sensation of new force and increased elasticity coupled with ensured recovery. It is cheap temporary change; fake change.

Excursion

For NP: neuralize, “A man is what he thinks, feels , does, says..”


And Kyroot Said…

No need to go away if you’re just coming back.

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Then someone declared, “The sound definitely came from
somewhere.”

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Truism Bi-Scan, TJ-4: Those who take cynicism, sarcasm and
criticism for intelligence, deserve it. Or, the sooner sarcasm
and criticism replaces intelligence the better for all of us.

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One City guy, who apparently knows what he likes said, “If
god hadn’t intended Man to drink he wouldn’t have created him.”

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Those who live alone think alone.

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Rolling on the floor won’t help you score, (then again, it
might).

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To be a really proper revolutionary leader, no one should
fully understand how you operate or think.

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There is a place outside symmetrical, and asymmetrical; that
is, beyond intellectual topology that is uniform and orderly.

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Those who’ve given up, instruct.

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Regarding the fact that Life, in its genetic generalities,
is dumber than it is in its individual particulars, we could
propose these two pertinent, competing slogans, “Breed To
Succeed,” vs. “Read To Succeed.”

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Don’t be rude unless you understand its proper purpose.

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No matter what the signs say, in certain parts of the City,
if you don’t see it, don’t ask for it.

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Being short’s no crime; thinking you are is.

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After all, what IS being civilized but expressing your
regard for those lucid intervals.

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One ole City sore-noggin seasonally said, “The sure cure for
being impressed by our law-makers is simply to go to our
legislative chambers and get a good look at them,” but, jeeze,
ole timer, that’s true about EVERY thing.

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There’s not much need to be concerned over the sometimes
sound of gunfire in the distance, for if you could hear better,
it’s there all the time.

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Don’t hold your breath, for those 8:30 reservations waiting
to ever actually hear this, but I have at least composed the
“Truthful City Blues,” whose first and final verses go something
like, nay, almost exactly like this, “Although you mistreat me, I
love you just the same. Although you mistreat me, I love you
just the same. I guess I’m just a stupid son-of-a-bitch.”

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A passing lapse in your dumbness may not mean much.

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There is no defense against a circle.

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Then again, it may come down to this: Make history, or BE
history.

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Transcript

SOME SUCCESS IN THE CITY

Copyright (c) Jan M. Cox, 1988

Document: 417,  November 11, 1988

To a Real Revolutionist there is no such thing as some success. There is no some success. To one with new intelligence, some success falls in the realm of being meaningless, pitiful, and ludicrous. A Real Revolutionist, having no interest nor tolerance for only partial success, would realize there is no need to count, make charts or keep score, because all such activities relate only to some success. Keeping score is useful only in the City. There, people only know chickens by counting them. They only know their life by score keeping.

There is a connection between some success and validation. People give and have to receive approval of their lives so that even on a very low level things seem to be okay. At City level there is continual internal reporting and commenting, “Hey, that’s all right. It wasn’t your fault.” No matter what happens, you can always report back to the home office that you tried your best and all is well. Validation encourages people to press on along the lines of some success. They are biochemically rewarded for apparent behavioral shortcomings.

To a Real Revolutionist validation would be funny if it weren’t so pitiful, because he or she would have absolutely no use for the kind of validation tied to some success, such as, “Yeah, well I’ve lost some weight.” And, “Yes, I do drink a little less than I did before. I feel much better now that I’m down to one six pack a day…” Can you see the ludicrousness of someone trying to keep score on anything they are trying to do? People believe they have to use scales in order to lose weight. “I’ve lost two ounces. How great!” That is not success, although in the City it is fine, and all that can be expected.

A City person would think that I am saying it is all or nothing. Can you see that to them losing seven pounds, when the intention was ten, is success? All these behavioral habits, losing weight, stopping smoking, etcetera, are part of the process of an organization — the individual — that is not intended to really succeed. The organization is not designed to do the purpose that is tacitly understood or stated. Recall my telling you that if diet books worked they wouldn’t continue to exist, much less flourish. But they do work the way Life intended — with some success.

Consider your involvement with This Activity. You’ll say, “I’m doing a lot better than when I first met you. You’ve changed some of my way of thinking.” Yet to a Real Revolutionist there is no such thing as some success; partial success is not tolerable. People have come to me and said, “I’ve had some real success since I’ve met you.” I understand that feels nice. But you could have had some success without This. What if you had wanted to quit drinking? You could have looked around and found the perfect self help group — Drinkers Anonymous — where you still drink and just get together and talk about stopping drinking. And if you do stop drinking they throw you out. I ask you what is the benefit of this diversion?

A City person would say, “But I’m having some success, I’ve got someone to talk to, and now that my liver has gone down, I can put on a shirt.” Or, “People keep telling me how much better I look now my skin’s not canary yellow anymore.” You — the City in you — gets part of its fun from talking about apparent successes. What kind of fun is that?

I have said before that health is not a fit hobby for a Real Revolutionist. It’s a hobby that results in only some success because you can never accomplish perfect, successful health. If you’re alive, you are still in the slaughter queue. Consider, what CAN you absolutely, totally succeed at in the City?

A Real Revolutionist can have no tolerance for gaps, lags and missing pieces, for these always equal only some success. Can you see that some success is a gap in understanding? Some success is a lag, which old intelligence would call ignorance. Some success perforce dictates and implies a missing piece. So as long as you’re dealing with some success, you are dealing with gaps, lags and missing pieces. Once the lag is taken up, yesterday’s ignorance becomes today’s fact. Think of it as a kind of leap frogging, a moving from level to level. If something (some idea, some knowledge, something inside you that you now call an understanding) makes perfect sense on one level, it can move to another level and start as another process where it makes no sense. This movement is not literal, but you could picture what I’m describing as a kind of self-fueling process which gives rise within human genes to notions of reincarnation, life after death, and precognition. All gaps and lags create this continual movement from level to level. Once something appears to be conclusive, it leads somewhere else. Everything leads somewhere else.

“Now I’m full. What will I do? Smoke? Have a drink? Watch TV?” Everything implies something else. If everything is only some success, then you will keep moving. Everything will shift to some other level after what seems to have been a conclusion, but it will only have been some success. This one line of movement may appear to make perfect sense, and thus appear concluded, but if it were actually concluded, we would all be dead. Everything would stop. Because Life never reaches a real conclusion, there is a genetically — not intellectually — based sensation that everything is some success.

Remember my newspaper story about heredity and environment? In the City, it is believed parents have a responsibility to provide a helpful (read change-promoting) environment for their kids. Concurrently it is beginning to be seen by the same City reporters that genetics have an influence on determining kids’ behavior. The City can’t see the contradiction: Where along the line did parents get the ability to perform outside of their own genetics? They were kids once and couldn’t help their behavior. Do the rules change when they grow up? “Okay, Johnny was born to be shy.” But weren’t his folks born to do what they do? Life is .pasaying that the kid can’t help it, but the rest of you have got to help it.

Within the genetic movement of Life there is nothing available except some success. The bell curve of humanity cannot hear this. Can you make any use of me pointing out that the only success available in Life is some success, and doing This requires Success? Can you find any use for that? A Real Revolutionist — someone with new intelligence — would have no tolerance for gaps and lags that equal some success. A Real Revolutionist would have no need for validation from others, or support from others.

Once you understand what some success really is and is not — how it is tied to the whole body of Life being alive, and how within Life’s body the apparent opposites, contradictions and paradoxes are not only useful, acceptable and merged, but are necessary growth food — then this willful intolerance can be a fact, not something to struggle for, not a pretense.

If you had correct understanding of what success is, you would demand this behavior of yourself. Conversely, any time you had to communicate what you thought or felt or said in order to seek some validation, you would know you were not being revolutionary. You would feel meaningless, ludicrous. To a revolutionist, the urge to seek validation is the proof that what is being communicated is not true. When you say, “I somewhat feel…” “I sometimes think…,” you are asking for an acknowledgement that it’s all right to be some-intelligent. You are asking support for your admission that you don’t know what’s going on in Life. You are seeking validation.

You cannot be revolutionary and do that. People are going to do that — you and everybody else in the City are always doing it. You continually support the very things in you that lead to some success and that lead nowhere.

A revolutionist does not need the kind of personal comments City people continually make about themselves and couldn’t tolerate such comments. You simply should not talk about yourself, though people in the City are continually driven to do so.

If you had some understanding of success, you’d have no interest in the Some Success Syndrome and would not be a party to it. You would not keep score or make charts. Whatever you did, you would DO; you would not talk about it or ask anybody to keep score — you would not say anything. You would not have to seek validation. Can you get a glimpse that keeping score, making charts, needing and accepting validation, will assure only some success? Simply being alive assures that you are limited to some success. That’s all you will have in the City, but in the City that’s enough. Losing weight is a continuing hobby: when you lose weight, you gain it back. That is not failure, that’s some success!

People regain weight as validation becomes part of their Some Success Syndrome. The Some Success Syndrome is not just that someone says, “Hey, you must have lost some weight!” and then you go and eat four quarts of ice cream because you feel so good. It’s not just that one thing. If you are actually going to do something such as losing weight, you obviously cannot eat ice cream every day. Beyond that, you must understand that telling someone what you’re doing is the same as eating ice cream every day. You are ensuring some success.

Don’t tell me you’ve had some success in something. Some success is nothing. It’s impossible not to have had some success, as long as you keep talking and waste energy while seeking validation from other people. This Activity is almost immune from validation. You can’t rush outside and get another’s support for your involvement here. You can’t get validation for This. Of course if you knew what you were doing, you don’t need validation. This exists within a realm of non-validation. To have new intelligence is almost like being a fanatic with nothing to be fanatical about. Back in the City, there are people who say they know the truth, and that others can’t see it. This Activity on the surface is almost that. A Real Revolutionist doesn’t need validation to know that This is true. If you need validation about something, it’s not true or correct. You don’t understand what it really is, you are only seeing partially, if you need validation. There is no one out there to validate anything, such as This, that is not already floating around in the City.

The way I been doing This provides no validation here. I don’t tell you, “Good boy, good girl.” This can’t be a cult, because to be a cult you need validation, even if it seems to be negative. This Activity does not validate people. If you need someone to tell you that you are doing better, you are not doing better. If that’s what you need, you don’t need This.

Here are several other things I want you to consider. How about the elastic limit of bodies and how elasticity gives the appearance and sensation that change is possible? Can you remember the sensation, the enjoyment of being tipsy from alcohol? Can you see that temporary sensation as pushing the limits of your own elasticity? You know you are going to recover, so drinking provides only ersatz change. You can change in 5 or 10 minutes and you know, “I’ll be myself again. I’ll go back to where I was.” But in the interval it’s a cheap pushing of one’s elastic limits. There is a lot in Life having to do with that, such as religious and emotional experiences. You read about a fire burning down a building and ten babies die. Your little City self may go, “How sad.” The sensation is not dissimilar to being a little tipsy and knowing you are going to recover — a cheap ticket to immediate, temporary change. You are making no effort except to read the tabloid. This is wasted energy. It’s truly sham — a form of fake change — no better or greater effort than when you to take a drink.

I hate to see good booze wasted when someone says, “I took a drink because I felt bad.” This emotional distortion is the same as someone going to a church because they “feel bad.” All you are looking for is an extraneous, useless, and passing force on your body to give you a temporary distortion, knowing that you will snap back. “I feel somewhat better…”

Temporary distortion is not good or bad — just useless. It’s some success and no Real Revolutionist has any use for it. It’s nothing but Life. And who here is going to say they are satisfied with Life?