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The Backtalktionary

 

0. The whole idea of this website is to sit up on a fence somewhere in your childhood and learn how to respond to onslaughts of insincerity, word by word. If you can do it, you can trick the other person into being real or genuine. Essentially, there's different kinds of music, and you can quickly learn to suss out hostility so you can either get away, or have some fun.

 

“how

—A fine kettle. Willfully.

are

—Acquainted. Survive.

you?”

—Recharged. Is that possible?

 

 

“how's

—Very easy. Effortless.

it

—Under the full moon. A ladder.

going?”

—Artworks. Afraid goes silky.

 

 

“hey,

—I don't deserve that. Taxi!

what's

If we could. In the deep area.

up?”

—Lift it up. Side pony!

 

 

“what's

If we could. In the deep area.

going

—Artworks. Afraid goes silky.

on?”

Didn't see it. Just wait!

 

 

“that's

—Saved again! So many levels.

your

—Not mine! I do other things.

specialty.”

See that? Raw talent.

 

 

“wow,

—That's a switch. Backätcha.

a

A mystery box. The gateway.

man

—Disappeared. Both ends.

of

—Just imagine. Which includes?

many

—BELIEVE me. You'll see.

talents.”

—By moonlight. Sold out!

 

 

“good

—Ultimately. So far. So long!

luck

All rightie then. With a map!

with

—Networking, eh? U R Enuff.

everything.”

—Everything goes so slowly.

 

 

“have

—I'm ready. Step by step.

a

—A mystery box. The gateway.

good

Ultimately. So far. So long!

one.”

—Underneath it all. Draw down!

 

When you know what to say back to irrational speech, the effect is inocular. People take one look at you and see you're immune. They don't even try to say certain things. They don't even try.

 

“go

Dude! Recently released.

to

—No rush. Too much, too soon.

hell.”

—SETTLE DOWN! Ride share!

 

1. Imagine an original world in which you never knew what to say back. If someone insulted you, you'd feel bad, get really angry, or suddenly find yourself in a fierce argument with a total stranger. Maybe you'd pretend to be deaf. Soon you'd be roaming the world feeling hurt, angry, cut-off or numb. However, if you had it to do all over again, wouldn't it be nice to wind the clock back and respond with something totally satisfactory? To have an optimal response? For each particular situation? Annoying small talk would melt away. Confrontations would disappear. Many nice things might happen and you could begin to get mystical. You cannot control someone else's behavior, but you can control how you respond to it.

 

“why

Give me some choice.

say

—Where's the redwood coming?

anything

—Underneath it all. Draw down!

back

If we could. In the deep area.

at

—How so? Most of us don't.

all?”

—SNAG. Look at the time!

 

2. A hundred thousand years ago we went separate ways, and now here we are, reconnected. Where on earth have you been?

This website provides specific alternative ways to respond to difficult people, the ones who don't know we all come from the same place, by marrying comebacks to “trigger words.”

 

“sorry

—Close shave. I don't mind at all.

but

—I know, right? All that.

I

—Why would you? Not quite.

don't

—Too late! Sparingly.

understand

—In a ruin. Ancient footprints.

anything

—Underneath it all. Draw down!

of

—Just imagine. Which includes?

what

—There now. Are you a thief?

you've

—The reverse! That's enough.

written

—Try again. Not what you think.

on

—Didn't see it. Just wait!

your

—Not mine! I do other things.

site.”

What you least expect. Edgy.

 

 

“you

—Recharged. Is that possible?

can't

—Cover the icebox. I'm in!

teach

—Just imagine. Which includes?

common
sense.”

—That's what you say!
Outside!

 

3. Let's get right to the heart of the estrangement: In our modern standoffish culture, it feels as if people are trying to distance themselves from the world with a remote control. Understandably, this makes children, drifters, teenagers & the economically pinned-down feel alienated, cut-off, isolated, ignored & insignificant. Wow! We do better with dogs. So what brings about the deep-rooted disaffection prompting separateness? You want restrictions on plants, animals; they want restrictions on you. Irrational speech is both a symptom and an enabler of frosty attitudes. Anything to avoid messy intimacy. Look around! Fences everywhere. There must be some nourishment in the soil, some way to break the spell! Arf! Arf!

 

“huh?

Am I in trouble? Whereto?

a

—A mystery box. The gateway.

remote

I don't deserve that. Taxi!

control?”

—How's that? Is it cheap?

 

4. Remember when you were a kid and thought it would be handy to know what to say back even before you were gazing through a palisade halfway up the stairs? In France they call it L'esprit de l'escalier, The Wisdom of the Staircase:

 

“are

—Acquainted. Survive.

you

—Recharged. Is that possible?

who

—Shift change! On the job.

what

There now. Are you a thief?

where

—Everywhere. Out there!

when

—In the world. Let me wonder.

why

Give me some choice.

how

—A fine kettle. Willfully.

which

—How amusing. I live there.

this

—All around me. Don't panic!

that

—I guess. Leave me out of it!

excuse

—Watch out! Any luck?

me

—How wonderful is that?

I'm

—Underneath it. Hostile.

sorry,

—Close shave. I don't mind at all.

how's

—Very easy. Effortless.

it

—Under the full moon. A ladder.

going

—Artworks. Afraid goes silky.

and

—Going up! So soon?

what's

If we could. In the deep area.

up?”

—Lift it up. Side pony!

 

5. What is the underlying force of bullying? In a political context, Samuel P. Huntington writes, “The architects of power in the United States must create a force that can be felt but not seen. Power remains strong when it remains in the dark; exposed to the sunlight it begins to evaporate.” —American Politics: The Promise of Disharmony (Cambridge MA: Harvard University Press, 1981), p. 75. When someone says something irrational, they are conjuring up power. They are hitting you in the imagination! To the inner child “I don't understand anything you've written” means just anything! Your own mind brings total belief to an expression of power. To bring sunlight to this bullying tactic, apply reason by learning to get very specific: “—Which includes?

 

“don't

Too late! Sparingly.

let

—No turning point. See it change.

the

—That's a switch. Backätcha.

bastards

Sight unseen. Just lay low.

get

—Indeed. I get your point.

you

—Recharged. Is that possible?

down.”

Going up! So soon?

 

6. Nature puts divide and conquer to wildly good effect. The roots of trees fan out under the soil to become nothing but capillaries, conquering the wetness. We divide highways into lanes to conquer helter-skelter traffic. We divide beliefs into channels as well. The wealthy invented racism to divide and conquer the poor. What if we could pop out of the channels of misery that separate us? Maybe ex-slaves & ex-cons could cobble together labor unions to build secret penitentiaries on Indian lands to lock up entitulates, pharaohs and inner tyrants. What if we could pop out of phony beliefs such as “You are a piece of crap!” which, through repetition, has been etched – practically engraved – under a blanket of shame? That's what this website is about, to divide “you” “are” “a” “piece” “of” “crap” into atoms, to examine every single word, then use new associations to pop out of the channel. The way a baby pops out from the divide and conquer of actual life! Liberation!

 

“you

—Recharged. Is that possible?

are

Acquainted. Survive.

a

—A mystery box. The gateway.

piece

—In a ruin. Ancient footprints.

of

—Just imagine. Which includes?

crap.”

—Small world. If we agreed.

 

7. There's an underlying idea that people can help each other. It's very powerful. Social linguistics can get you off the hook a little so you can go about caring for yourself and for other people. You can learn to repel difficult people and to turn yourself into a magnet for attracting the kind of rich experiences that can open into the flower of a wonderful life. You do not need to shoot up heroin to do this. You can prepare yourself for deeper and finer impressions.

 

“are

Acquainted. Survive.

you

—Recharged. Is that possible?

crazy?”

Probably. With employees.

 

 

“are

Acquainted. Survive.

you

—Recharged. Is that possible?

gay?”

—Not intentionally. Just you?

 

 

“are

—Acquainted. Survive.

you

—Recharged. Is that possible?

coming

—What you put in. Changes you.

or

—Democracy. Correct or not?

going?”

Artworks. Afraid goes silky.

 

 

“are

Acquainted. Survive.

you

—Recharged. Is that possible?

a

A mystery box. The gateway.

procrastinator?”

The predator cannot see.

 

8. If our culture was serious about human beings sticking up for themselves in the face of bullies, a million people would know about this website. It's hard to believe, many grown-ups simply want children to suffer. And out of compassion, children will do it! People want children to stay in the dark. And people in the dark want to reserve their right to be treated like furniture. Sit on me, I'm a driver, a server, a maid, a debtor, a bookend, a nobody. Please sit on me! I've got your back! I promise to sit up straighter!

 

“hey!

—I don't deserve that. Taxi!

keep

Am I in trouble? Whereto?

my

—Hold it! Weak as I am.

name

Heap big trouble. Ice.

out

—Plant new seeds. In the dark.

of

—Just imagine. Which includes?

your

—Not mine! I do other things.

mouth!

—Small world. If we agreed.

give

—Just imagine. Which includes?

me

—How wonderful is that?

your

—Not mine! I do other things.

lunch

—Where's the redwood coming?

money!”

—Let's go down to the future.

 

9. If a child cries out, “That's not fair!” over many days and in many different situations, the little kid may simply be trying to find out what an adult might say back to their own mind! You can experiment to see what works. To quiet your own mind. You'll know. Myself, I'd simply say, “I'll live,” to show the child they can't trick me into feeling guilty. I'd repeat it, too. “I'll live.”

 

“that's

—Saved again! So many levels.

not

I'll live. Taking it way too far.

fair!”

—No sweat. Either way.

 

 

“that's

Saved again! So many levels.

what

—There now. Are you a thief?

you

—Recharged. Is that possible?

say!”

Where's the redwood coming?

 

The trouble with books on Nonviolent Communication (–Marshall B. Rosenberg, PhD, 2003) or Taking the War Out of Our Words (–Sharon Strand Ellison, 2007) is they're heaping on too many theories! What we're up to here is taking away from the scheming mind, not adding to it. So a person's communication can become clear and transparent. After all, we're not psychotherapists, are we? Does a kid really want to talk to a control freak?

10. (a.) Insults evolve to bypass reason and hit you in the emotions. (b.) Passed from bully to bully, they provide the temporary illusion of strength. (c.) Insults also catch you by surprise. (d.) Often, you haven't heard the insult in such a long time, you're too shocked to know what to do about it. (e.) An example of such an insult is, “Don't get your panties in a bunch!” (f.) You could say nothing or respond in kind by saying something equally debilitating, for example, “You're confused!” or “Is that an insult?” (g.) However, this just fuels the so-called Discount-Revenge loop, essentially trying to diminish the other person, then coming back with all cylinders loaded. (h.) There is a fourth way, alluded to in P. D. Ouspensky's In Search of the Miraculous (1949), and in Idries Shah's The Sufis (1964). (i.) Both these books allude to the existence of something inside you akin to a magic genie residing in an inner lamp. You begin to get the idea you can search for this lamp inside you, where all the magic resides, and open it. (j.) When you hear an insult, and give something right back, your inner jinni also hears the insult & what you say back, and briefly shares your tension, or pain, then releases the tension along with the pain. It's a question of overriding the insult inside yourself, even if it's a day later! (k.) You want to say something back to reassure this inner entity, and help it grow through & beyond the pain. Don't let your self hold on to the insult. It has magic & could transform it into a Flower of Mental Illness. (l.) You also don't want to say something back which makes your inner entity feel insulted, such as “You're confused!” (m.) Instead, you want to say something to encourage it, to give it due respect, and to allow it to shine through, mingled among your own sense of humor. (n.) Ironically, when you show respect for and speak to your inner jinnee in such a way, you're also showing kindness and respect to the bully in the outside physical world who originally cried out, “Don't get your panties in a bunch!” (o.) It's win-win. (p.) You help yourself grow through it, you help the bully grow through it. (q.) And you certainly don't have to explain yourself! (r.) You can't just ignore slights, lies, or insults, because your genie has already heard them! (s.) You have to defend its inglenook of inner magic! (t.) The bully says something in the River of Time, then you say a little something in the River of Time, even if it's a day later! (u.) What THEY say comes in to you & what YOU say back comes back in to you as well, and has the potential to help you grow. (v.) It may seem awkward at first, like a little sprout in the soil!

 

“don't

—Too late! Sparingly.

get

—Indeed. I get your point.

your

—Not mine! I do other things.

panties

Smarten up! Not allowed.

in

—A low-rent worldliness.

a

—A mystery box. The gateway.

bunch.”

—So sad! I don't do that stuff.

 

 

“I

—Why would you? Not quite.

just

—Dark & verby. Think big!

ignore

Here and now. That's all.

them.”

Naturally. A downward spiral.

 

11. A certain kind of person can pepper you with pressure questions, taking advantage of your upbringing or natural kindness. Sometimes it's useful to raise the tension slightly just to find out what they may be up to. Think of your responses to the hot grill as simply real-world theater, with you a bit player. It's useful to experiment & rehearse. Contrary to what a third-grade teacher might have insisted, there are clever ways to evade unwarranted scrutiny from the safe shadows of Indian Territory: “I'm an American!”

 

“my

—Hold it! Weak as I am.

name

Heap big trouble. Ice.

is

—Au contraire. By the star.

Kevin ...

Next time! I am your teacher.

what's

If we could. In the deep area.

your

—Not mine! I do other things.

name?”

Heap big trouble. Ice.

 

12. There is an inherent clash between (a.) people who seem “literal-minded” and ( b.) people who seem attached to “feelings” or “streams of associations.” The first group sees themselves as “listening to irrational demands” and the second group sees themselves as “being friendly.” The Backtalktionary is an attempt to bridge this gap – before these two kinds of people swiftly fly apart. What members of each group have in common is they were all once children with a capacity to learn & respond to warmth, kindness and a sense of humor.

 

“are

Acquainted. Survive.

you

—Recharged. Is that possible?

out

—Plant new seeds. In the dark.

for

—The wetness. That's all it takes.

a

—A mystery box. The gateway.

walk?”

Saved again! So many levels.

 

 

“you're

Naïve. There's no limit.

not

—I'll live. Taking it way too far.

working

—But why? Leisurely.

today?”

—Everything changes. Stop.

 

13. In general, if someone is attacking you, try to take yourself out of it and always come back to [intimidation]. They're trying to intimidate you. Say either “Who knows?” or “Ever hopeful.” Before that you might have been tempted to leap into an [argument] with someone else, a nitwit. Simply agree with the nitwit by saying either “I know, right?” or “All that.” Before that, they might have cleverly changed the subject on you. We might call that context [switching]. Then there's [fantasy], [parables], [sarcasm] and outright [bullshit]. My favorite generalized attack is from the cowardly [trojan horse]. They gaze directly into your eyes and repeat cruel pathetic sheep sounds they attribute to their entourage. You gaze directly back into their eyes and say, “Dead & infected.”

 

[lying in wait]

—Heavy duty. SNAKE PIT!

[transfer]

—Naïve. There's no limit.

[sharing]

—It's insane. One's enough.

[kidding]

—Artworks. Afraid goes silky.

[engage]

—Why would you? Not quite.

[grapple]

—Underneath it. Hostile.

[lying]

—It's insane. One's enough.

[parroting]

—If we could. In the deep area.

[more lies]

—Indeed. I get your point.

[revenge]

—Flow right in. Magnetism.

[deception]

—Let's go down to the future.

[veiled hatred]

Ultimately. So far. So long!

[hostility]

—Very different. Look away!

[shadowing]

—Not mine! I do other things.

[ramping]

—Ke-mo sah-be. You got me!

[gutter snipe]

—Go slow! Be specific.

[potshots]

—Stick around! Very loyal.

[bombshells]

—Why bother? Too intense.

[trojan horse]

—Dead & infected. So much!

[switching]

—That's a switch. Backätcha.

[pivoting]

—Cunning ferocity. In case.

[argument]

—I know, right? All that.

[grilling]

—Not recently. Seriously?

[intrusion]

—God forbid! Not much there.

[meltdown]

—Mr. Future. Just lucky!

[body]

Isn't that bizarre? Could be worse.

[fantasy]

—I'll bet. All those people.

[parables]

—Yeah, sure. Not so much.

[sarcasm]

—And more! Well-grounded.

[bullshit]

—I've heard. It's all overrated.

[drain]

—What are the odds? More so!

[projects]

Artworks. Afraid goes silky.

[suggestion]

Plant new seeds. In the dark.

[tar pits]

—Wild, huh? Laundry and all.

[interview]

—That's what you say! Outside!

[theater]

—Everything goes so slowly.

[persona]

—In a ruin. Ancient footprints.

[façade]

—Cover the icebox. I'm in!

[morbidity]

—Anything else? The towel?

[vigilante]

All rightie then. With a map!

[relentless]

—Naïve. There's no limit.

[officer]

—It's maddening. Close call!

[backbiting]

—Not today. Persevere.

[sympathy]

—Acquainted. Survive.

[death]

—That's it. A force of nature.

[intimidation]

—Who knows? Ever hopeful.

 

14. Like many people, I am a little like Albert Einstein — a little young, a little autistic & a little wrong.

Not many people know, Mr. Einstein spent the last years of his life at Princeton University intensely studying and perfecting social skills.

Even in the face of distressed observers of life who seem noticeably theatrical. You can almost see them sinking in the tar pits of their own viciousness, trying to suck the joy out of passers-by!

 

“that's

Saved again! So many levels.

not

—I'll live. Taking it way too far.

my

—Hold it! Weak as I am.

problem!”

Disappeared. Both ends.

 

15. My name is Richard Ames Hart. I live in Berkeley, California USA under e-mail RichardRoe@aol.com — I can afford to respond a little bit as long as I'm alive. Meanwhile, here's some of what I know.

16. Many people, especially clerks and servers at retail institutions, see interpersonal communications as a form of warfare, I'm not sure why.

 

“how

—A fine kettle. Willfully.

are

—Acquainted. Survive.

you

Recharged. Is that possible?

doing

—Catching up. Top to bottom.

today?”

—Everything changes. Stop.

 

 

“haven't

Go on! My cup runneth over.

seen

—Yet more. Who needs it?

you

—Recharged. Is that possible?

in

—A low-rent worldliness.

a

—A mystery box. The gateway.

while.”

Likewise. By name alone.

 

 

“have

—I'm ready. Step by step.

a

A mystery box. The gateway.

good

Ultimately. So far. So long!

one.”

—Underneath it all. Draw down!

 

 

“enjoy!”

—The only one. Before long!

 

17. See how you can pick and choose a response to each “trigger word” that seems to make sense? This is the Backtalktionary, that goes in the opposite direction of a dictionary, with responses to words, as opposed to the historical meanings or ancient etymologies of words. Potential responses clarify the true meaning of a bracketing sentence! We are embedded in the river of time. We are embedded in our own lives!

 

“I

—Why would you? Not quite.

don't

Too late! Sparingly.

get

—Indeed. I get your point.

it!”

Under the full moon. A ladder.

 

18. When someone targets you, they're really going after fleeting shadows. Ask yourself, why on earth would shell-shocked children or beaten dogs begin to attack shadows? That's the other person! Come back to your own light. You don't have to be alone with anyone's shadow play. Their deft tricks are taking you away from what you believe, or what you're conscious of.

 

“you

—Recharged. Is that possible?

think

—Family & friends. Each of us.

you're

—Naïve. There's no limit.

better

—On schedule. No pressure.

than

Not remotely. Awkward.

me?”

—How wonderful is that?

 

 

“you're

Naïve. There's no limit.

not

—I'll live. Taking it way too far.

comfortable

Wise up! Back away!

in

—A low-rent worldliness.

your

—Not mine! I do other things.

own

You're in the business. Modern.

skin.”

—Not bad. Finely nuanced.

 

19. I was so happy when I discovered there's a whole section of the Internet devoted to what the heck to say back when someone asks, “How is everything?” Thank God! Thank God! I'm not the only one.

 

“how

—A fine kettle. Willfully.

is

—Au contraire. By the star.

everything?”

Everything goes so slowly.

 

20. Some brothers and sisters are so deranged, the best thing you can do is dig down & summon your inner Frankenstein, then be very, very theatrical ... with a Marlon Brando lisp!

 

“I

—Why would you? Not quite.

can't

—Cover the icebox. I'm in!

stand

—Haunted. Beautiful perthon!

the

That's a switch. Backätcha.

sound

—Put yourself in the light.

of

—Just imagine. Which includes?

your

—Not mine! I do other things.

voice!”

Everything goes so slowly.

 

21. Defend your inner entity! Say something back! Some people at the Institute of Mindlessly Insane Imitations of Their Mother, being so hateful, spiteful & jealous when you excitedly cry out, “I've finished the project and have no competition!” cannot restrain themselves:

 

“don't

Too late! Sparingly.

speak

—So far. Dirt made my lunch.

too

—Very different. Look away!

soon.”

—That's it. A force of nature.

 

22. Ready to have your mind blown away? The real use of the Backtalktionary is to choose a response for the future. Your emotions know. They know what you need to know. That's their job! So what you do is go through the entire Backtalktionary, choose one response, memorize it ... then next time trouble strikes, Boom!

 

“that's

—Saved again! So many levels.

shit.”

—Yet more. Who needs it?

 

23. Practice not being good, or you'll sink like a turd! (A baby's turds float!) Mothers themselves can intercept you at the corner market (“Ha, ha, ha!”) when you're buying the morning New York Times & make a sport out of being argumentative, negative & mean: “I've got to get to McDonald's before they close! It's called breakfast!”

 

“I

—Why would you? Not quite.

thought

—Right! Absolutely. Easy choice.

it

—Under the full moon. A ladder.

was

—Not remotely. Awkward.

called

You're smarter than that.

McDonald's.”

—Not today. Persevere.

 

 

“you

—Recharged. Is that possible?

maligned

No shit! Or vice versa.

her.”

—I guess. Leave me out of it!

 

 

“that's

—Saved again! So many levels.

not

—I'll live. Taking it way too far.

going

Artworks. Afraid goes silky.

to

—No rush. Too much, too soon.

work.”

I know, right? All that.

 

24. I believe Mother Nature is my literal, symbolic & actual mother, much as Henry David Thoreau did at Walden Pond in 1847. Thus, when a bully on a third-grade playground cries out,

 

“your

—Not mine! I do other things.

mother!”

Plant new seeds. In the dark.

 

I know exactly what to say back, even though they know nothing, never knew nothing, and never will know nothing! Or anything!

Let them find their fate and their fight somewhere else, certainly not along the river of life, where you and Huckleberry Finn have a chance to hang out.

 

“what?”

There now. Are you a thief?

 

25. In social interactions many people are thieves, fervently distracting you, taking over your life, assaulting your sense of well-being, and starting out by completely stealing your attention.

 

“are

—Acquainted. Survive.

you

—Recharged. Is that possible?

okay?”

—For now. Let's hope.

 

26. If your attention is something that flies into a rabbit hole of imaginary inferences, let it fly back to your own life, whether anyone likes it or not! Don't let it drown in negative emotions! Don't let it get stuck in a swamp of foul feelings! Say something back, say anything at all back! Song lyrics, scripture, Tao Te Ching, Tarot. It doesn't even matter what you say back! Isn't that weird?

 

“I

—Why would you? Not quite.

think

—Family & friends. Each of us.

you're

—Naïve. There's no limit.

weird.”

Small world. If we agreed.

 

27. They think you're weird because you're happy & rich, and on some level they believe they can steal some of your pleasure & wealth. These people, who are stuck in their own misery, are called gutter snipes! Remember, they're stuck! The best advice you can give them is to “Let the machinery work,” and to “Never buy horses!” Okay. Here comes a meeting with a wonderful gutter snipe — Let's practice holding onto our attention (Hold your breath) and our wealth (Sense your belly). Prove to the sons-of-bitches they can't steal your happiness! (Your genitals!) Nobody can steal someone else's happiness. Blow the smoke away! It's impossible. You have to manufacture your own happiness (The part of you that dreams at night can teach you), and jealously hold onto every hint of that universal joy! Doo-dah!

 

“remember

Team No-effort. Next week.

me?

—How wonderful is that?

how

—A fine kettle. Willfully.

much

—Can't miss. Liberation.

rent

—Don't worry. Never buy horses.

do

—On a fence somewhere.

you

—Recharged. Is that possible?

pay?

—In a way. I've earned it.

whatever ...

—That can't be right.

just

—Dark & verby. Think big!

kidding.

Let the machinery work.

working

—But why? Leisurely.

hard?

—Nothing really. Think things!

keep

—Am I in trouble? Whereto?

trying.

—I'm ready. Step by step.

always!

—Who knows? Ever hopeful.

behaving

—Bad timing. Mañana.

yourself?

—How so? Most of us don't.

staying

Not today. Persevere.

out

—Plant new seeds. In the dark.

of

—Just imagine. Which includes?

trouble?

—Ke-mo sah-be. You got me!

keeping

—Very easy. Effortless.

busy?

—It's a business, you know?

getting

—Off rhythm. The opposite.

old,

—Oh, I'll get over it. Too soon.

huh?

—Am I in trouble? Whereto?

you're

—Naïve. There's no limit.

hired!

—How amusing. I live there.

you're

—Naïve. There's no limit.

fired!

Anything else? The towel.

you're

—Naïve. There's no limit.

so

—The wetness. That's all it takes.

bad.

—Beer & sandwich would be nice.

be

—But why? Leisurely.

good!”

—Ultimately. So far. so long!

 

28. Imagine a backtalktionary GAMESCAPE bringing The Pilgrim's Progress, the spiritual allegory by John Bunyan, from 1678 to an age of artificial intelligence in which each & every word in a verbal attack contains a specific associated response. This could be called object-oriented self-defense. It's a child's dream. An enemy walks up to you somewhere along the River of Time, hands you a weapon with which to kill him or her, and you simply Think it!

 

“what

—There now. Are you a thief?

would

—Nothing but beauty.

you

—Recharged. Is that possible?

say

—Where's the redwood coming?

if

—Far better! Don't laugh.

someone

—It's maddening. Close call!

said,

My! Insultingly beautiful.

'you're

—Naïve. There's no limit.

an

—Much deeper than that.

asshole?'

—Economically brilliant.

 

 

“ASSHOLE!”

REAL AXE! Sweetie.

 

29. Sometimes the unrestrained say racy things just to make the bottled-up squirm. Once you realize we're all lunatics, you do all right.

 

“I'd

—Yet more. Who needs it?

like

—New to me. A long way.

to

—No rush. Too much, too soon.

bend

—Naïve. There's no limit.

her

—I guess. Leave me out of it!

over

—I'm ready. Step by step.

the

—That's a switch. Backätcha.

table,

—Who, me? Knock it off!

give

—Just imagine. Which includes?

her

—I guess. Leave me out of it!

some

—Wise up! Back away!

meat!”

Wild, huh? Laundry and all.

 

30. So let's move away from attack mode and into some real knowledge. If you're a girl and someone's hitting on you, there are some fiendishly clever ways to reject an upperclassman kindly:

 

“hey,

—I don't deserve that. Taxi!

what's

If we could. In the deep area.

up?

—Lift it up. Side pony!

you

—Recharged. Is that possible?

look

—In a ruin. Ancient footprints.

new

Not at all. It's no picnic.

here.”

Flow right in. Magnetism.

 

“got

—Let the machinery work.

a

—A mystery box. The gateway.

jump?

Someone else. In this place.

can

—What you least expect. Edgy.

I

—Why would you? Not quite.

borrow

—Try again. Not what you think.

your

—Not mine! I do other things.

pen?”

—Penny-pinching! Smart not to.

 

“let

—No turning point. See it change.

me

—How wonderful is that?

just

—Dark & verby. Think big!

use

Afraid not. You'll be first up.

your

Not mine! I do other things.

cell

—Mr. E. Nothing personal.

phone.

—Ke-mo sah-be. You got me!

thanks!

—Home free! No trouble.

appreciate

—All set. Makes you cry.

it.”

—Under the full moon. A ladder.

 

“maybe

—Slavery. That's it for now.

we

—So foolish. People like me.

can

—What you least expect. Edgy.

hook up

If we had time. On your own.

sometime.”

—I decide what's for me.

 

“are

—Acquainted. Survive.

you

Recharged. Is that possible?

racist.”

—Hardly matters. Less likely.

 

“come

By no means, sir! By law.

on! ...

—Didn't see it. Just wait!

you

—Recharged. Is that possible?

don't

—Too late! Sparingly.

want

—By moonlight. Sold out!

to

No rush. Too much, too soon.

be

—But why? Leisurely.

rude.”

You can't be too careful.

 

“give

—Just imagine. Which includes?

me

—How wonderful is that?

some

—Wise up! Back away!

help.

—I know it's a jungle out there.

put

—Here and now! That's all.

your

Not mine! I do other things.

finger

Quite unnecessary. Stoned!

right

—No idea. I don't care anymore.

here.”

—Flow right in. Magnetism.

 

“then

—Man! Expensive!

let's

—It's stage directions. Capiche?

meet

Not now. Not everyone.

up

—Lift it up. Side pony!

on

—Didn't see it. Just wait!

the

That's a switch. Backätcha.

roof.”

—No rush. Too much, too soon.

 

31. A child knows life is overflowing with magic & mystery. It's inside you. Many people try to murder you with the mundane, and they carry it out by tricking you into pretending you're good. Nobody's good and nobody's bad. We're just people figuring out how to stay out of prison. At a restaurant, you can practice the good manners of “being bad!”

 

“have

I'm ready. Step by step.

you

—Recharged. Is that possible?

decided?

—I know what to do. Do less.

do

—On a fence somewhere.

you

—Recharged. Is that possible?

know

—Around & back through. I do.

what

—There now. Are you a thief?

you

—Recharged. Is that possible?

want?”

By moonlight. Sold out!

 

32. See how powerful kindness and knowledge can be? Einstein figured it out. So can you!

[Click here] for the Backtalktionary! Unless you're totally insane & coming from the future. Then [click here]. What on earth are you doing in the future? There's too much at stake. Boost your social skills. Say something back, whether anyone likes it or not.

Boost your ability to adhere to your own life ... to the dark side of you that dreams at night, which can be your best friend. Your side pony!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

30 September 2016