“The Backtalktionary”

   
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@. The Dark Side Really Gets a Bum Rap. From the dark side you have a wonderful view. As fast as that. Watch out! I bite. I play dead. Around the corner I am not a museum. Almost everything you save, aside from love, is an insult to your future. Out the door.

 

A. This is “the skinny”: You can always say something back to mean people or to phony people without thinking about it too much. This vehicle is being driven by Richard Ames Hart. If you need me, you can reach me. RichardRoe “@” aol.com.

 

B. Quick Links:
     [Complete Backtalktionary]
     [Smalltalktionary for Kids]
     [Super-Super Introduction]
     [Egghead-Hayseed Wars]
     [Annihilation of the Phony]
     [Not A Big Manual]
     [The Skinny War]

 

C. Twelve Examples:

 

“hey,

—All at once! Wearing a mask.

what's

—Back in no time. Not available.

up?”

A better offer. Hang on!

 

 

“how's

Effortless. Well, you too.

it

—It's perfect. Rediscovered.

going?”

—Congratulations! Far and wide.

 

 

“how

You made a big difference today.

are

—Acetylene. Too choosy.

you?”

—You can't! Not much.

 

 

“do

—You do? Better than I do.

you

—You can't! Not much.

know

—Not in with the in-crowd.

my

—Thanks for warning me.

name?”

—That's odd. Should I tell you?

 

 

“what's

—Back in no time. Not available.

your

—Vulnerable. A keen eye.

cell

—I hate taking messages.

number?”

—Being deceived. Oh, sure.

 

 

“that's

—Life in the shade. Saved again!

not

—I'll live. I'm not an angel.

good.”

—On the trail back there.

 

 

“give

—Just finish your high school.

me

—Let things develop. Raw.

your

—Vulnerable. A keen eye.

lunch

—It's your bedtime. Isn't it?

money!”

—Out on the barge. At night.

 

 

“honey,

As if. Life is not a test.

come

—By no means, sir! ICYFIRE!

with

—Networking, eh? It's out!

me.

—Let things develop. Raw.

it's

—That's a lie. Where you live.

an

—Hold it! What's the password?

emergency.

—By no means, sir! ICYFIRE!

your

—Vulnerable. A keen eye.

mom

—By no means, sir! ICYFIRE!

sent

—Yeah, sure. Not so much.

me

—Let things develop. Raw.

to

—No rush. A whole team.

pick

—I must be going! Look it up!

you

—You can't! Not much.

up.”

—A better offer. Hang on!

 

 

“hey,

All at once! Wearing a mask.

move

—Out on the barge. At night.

your

—Vulnerable. A keen eye.

car!”

—Break down. I like that.

 

 

“fuck

Forget that. ROAD KILL!

you!”

—You can't! Not much.

 

 

“you're

—Unbound. That's a switch.

late!”

Business. Everything's closed.

 

 

“are

—Acetylene. Too choosy.

you

—You can't! Not much.

doing

—Elevated. Subtle.

okay?”

Just right. Beyond belief.

 

 

“gives

—Next time! An opportunity.

you

—You can't! Not much.

power,

It's stage directions. Capiche?

huh?”

—An odd thing. Held back.

 

 

“have

—Rooted Californian. Let go!

a

That's what you save money for.

good

—On the trail back there.

day.”

—NIGHT SKY! Circling.

 

(12). “I'm mad at you!” Famous people hear things like “I'm mad at you!” from deranged fans all the time. If a total stranger marched up to me and said, “I'm mad at you,” I'd freeze. Let's freeze them, too, for a moment.

Twenty seconds later a deep part of my mind provides a (Vision) I see an adult bending over a dog, shaming it. The dog, not knowing what the hell is going on, wags its tail in submission. (Fin) A more aggressive part of my mind suggests, “Food fight!” and the other half of my brain cries out, “Onion rings!” The most devilish part of my brain starts singing, “I cried a tear-r, because of you ....”

Fifty seconds have gone by, so let's bring the deranged fan back on-line. There's one school of thought that suggests, Bully the Bully! Many guys would simply say, “Fuck you!” Many aggressive women might launch into something like, “That may be, this or that, or it may simply be you have a shoe up your ass, and if you really must know, I'm mad at you, too!” A faux therapist might say, “And I'm so proud you can say that! For you, it's a scoop of ice-cream!”

Meanwhile, you begin to get the idea the deranged fan has been stewing in their own juices for quite some time, ready to spring. All day long they've been ramping up or rehearsing for just such a skirmish: “I'm mad at you!” Do we really want to go there?

 

(11). I said, “I'm mad at you!” to Siri on my iPhone six or seven times, and the bot replied, “I wonder what it's like, being mad?” the first time. Then, “Was it something I said? || Fine. Stop squeezing me. || Not at me, I hope. || You know what they say about blaming the messenger, Richard... || Was it something I said? || Take a deep breath. Another.”

See how smart Siri's becoming? And hollow? What's underneath? The responses get boring. They're actually empty. The trouble is, what about you? You do much better at an atomic level. And the reason is, your emotions get to signal up from your belly. They get to pick and choose. They get to learn. They get to guide you into pure honesty. And you've got ingredients for another day.

 

“I'm

—Really. You shouldn't be.

mad

—I decide what's for me.

at

—How so? Most of us don't.

you.”

—You can't! Not much.

 

(10). My teacher used to say, “Richard, what took you so long?” I had no idea what he was talking about until a transcendent change of scenery allowed Twistina to mail me this note from the East Coast ...

 

“we

—So foolish. Underground.

laughed

—No doubt. It lives forever.

at

—How so? Most of us don't.

the

—Not quite. Don't count on it.

pictures

—Comic collusion. Poof.

you

—You can't! Not much.

took

The light in a broken heart.

and

—Going up! So soon?

threw

—Pre-existing conditions.

them

—Shadow dog. SIDE PONY!

away.”

—Let's go by intuition.

 

(9). Q: “Can misery evaporate?” A: Yes. Curious that your question embodies its answer. Haul it up from the Ocean of Being. Disengage any hooks or entanglements. Separate it from its backbone. Then it will evaporate.

(8). Q: “What is the Intimate Thought?” A: You've tried everything else. Why not? Something that will make her angry. A rose on a lattice, no?

(7). In organizations like IBM, people work in silos with their wings clipped. You're a nincompoop if you do anything original. Everything's a fantasy, including the work of the Wright brothers in a bicycle repair shop. “We've made an airplane that can circle back!”

 

“how

You made a big difference today.

does

—I'll live. I'm not an angel.

that

—It's karma. A bit slow.

monetize?”

—Wind it up! You wait for it.

 

 

“you

—You can't! Not much.

should

—Playing my tune. No time.

make

—Why bother? Doesn't matter.

a

That's what you save money for.

guided

—That's funny. Can't really say.

missile

—WORK HARDER! Worse!

app

I'll bet. Insultingly beautiful.

and

—Going up! So soon?

jump

Someone else. Who decides?

off!”

—A better offer. Hang on!

 

 

“get

—Indeed. OFF LIMITS!

back

—All at once! Wearing a mask.

in

Is that so? Enough about me!

your

—Vulnerable. A keen eye.

box.”

—So excited about something.

 

(6). I'm in a basket, wrapped in cloth, floating in the bulrushes.

(5). I am a horse being born in a stable.

(4). I am taking my first breath: “Al-lah!”

(3). It's night. I'm dreaming, and in the (Dream) I have no arms and legs. (Fin)

(2). The stars are shining bright. The moon's reflected in the rippling shattered light. I know it's Walden Pond. And in the morning, I laugh. Exhausted, I'd fallen asleep in a bunch of bugs, twigs and mud. I remember my stepfather, some random guy on the shore, crying out, “You have to change your attitude!”

(1). I can make a small adjustment. I'm making huge tsunamis in the bathtub! Water all over the place. A little girl inside my heart warns me, “Your mother!”

 

“you

—You can't! Not much.

have

—Rooted Californian. Let go!

to

—No rush. A whole team.

change

Who doesn't? Have faith.

your

—Vulnerable. A keen eye.

attitude!”

—Yesterday, for the first time.

 

 

“your

—Vulnerable. A keen eye.

mother!”

Playing my tune. No time.

 

0. The real trouble a person experiences when they hear an irrational verbal attack comes from a flood of negative emotions which are so powerful, the person has trouble adhering, without a little sly practice, to their own inner beauty. With certain ideas, a person stops what they're doing on autopilot and considers an “otherness” – how to be self-respecting & kind in particular situations. For instance, this idea from David Daniels :: “It was really different in the old days – There were so few people – They could really, really help people.” (See thegatesofparadise.com). While David was alive, I stole as many Sufi ideas as I could. Now when someone says, “You should write a book!” instead of getting bent all out of shape, I simply say, “A miracle.”

 

“thanks

No trouble! Backätcha.

for

—Not over yet. Cloud cover cool.

sharing

Invisible horses fan out.

that.”

—It's karma. A bit slow.

 

1. Welcome those of you from WorryDrifter.com! If you were expecting something to do with driftwood, you may be pleasantly surprised. Maybe it's a kind of driftwood that floats up from the mind, that has the capacity to snag worries, and float them away.

 

2. Worries, after all, are simply ideas that capture the emotions, making them go round and round, going far beyond a fair assessment of the situation, bringing about emotional pain. Worries steal your happiness! So why can't another order of ideas dislodge worries and carry them away?

 

3. Children see bullies in the outside physical world, and cope with mean people best they can. This website [backtalktionary.com] is devoted to specific ideas for defending a person from bullies, and their mean ideas.

 

“don't

—Not sure that's so. Sparingly.

work

—I know, right? Another stage?

too

—Very different. Look away!

hard.”

Way before then. Think things!

 

4. So if the worry-maker inside a person is also regarded as a bully, can't the ideas at this website also be used to knock off a person's INNER BULLY? The inner tyrant is worse than any bully in the outside physical world because it's living inside you! So how can you quell it? And why would you want to? Because not only is it stealing your happiness, it's bringing about a terrible price! It's etching emotional angst deep in your psyche.

 

5. You may be using so much energy keeping all this bottled up, you go around feeling tired all the time! So why not search for ideas that can wrestle your worries off their track? Why not grab a piece of driftwood floating by, attach the latest worry to it, and watch it drift away?

 

6. This may seem ridiculous, but so is any worry!

 

7. Phonies are just incontinent. Crystallized that way. All that anger and bluster. They couldn't crap on the battlefield. Too bad.

 

“kill

—You do? Better than I do.

all

—Then again. What divides us?

the

—Not quite. Don't count on it.

phonies!”

Old as dirt. Hard to believe.

 

8. There's (a.) racism, (b.) sexism, (c.) purism, (d.) ageism, (e.) idiotism, (f.) elitism, (g.) tribalism and (h.) patronization. You'd think there'd be a shorter word for that. Anyway, I have a shortcut. I HATE EVERYONE!

 

“now...

—Stick around! One's enough.

where

—Sovereign space. Trust me.

were

—I don't even suspect anything.

we?”

—So foolish. Underground.

 

9. And perfectionism. I'm telepathic! I can write with my throat.

 

“can

—Booked up. Eat your heart out!

we

—So foolish. Underground.

still

—Stick around! One's enough.

have

—Rooted Californian. Let go!

children?”

—Very standard. Intimate.

 

10. Work back from the future. Have an aim. Nip troubles in the bud. Let life play out.

 

“there's

Here and now. That's all.

no

—An open mind. Mystified.

right

—No idea. Persistence pays.

way.”

—Stand by. You're on the run.

 

11. The Backtalktionary for Kids is under swift development. It's at [smalltalktionary.com] with three secret links to our magic breathtaking [Zing-Ching-Tarot]. Leave feedback at RichardRoe@aol.com. Thanks!

 

12. You know how you can pump gas & cut your fingernails at the same time? Or how young people can send text messages on their cell phones while they simultaneously tap out the dots and dashes of Morse code? So, too, this website is about defending yourself with words & being happy at the same time.

 

13. For instance, when a waitress pops up and asks the irksome question, “How do you like it?” or when a jerk pops up from around the corner and says, “What's your annual salary?” or when a friend simultaneously asks, “Are you doing okay?” you can choose from a whole panoply of associated responses ... while being happy!

 

“how

You made a big difference today.

do

You do? Better than I do.

you

—You can't! Not much.

like

—That's funny. Can't really say.

it?”

It's perfect. Rediscovered.

 

 

“what's

—Back in no time. Not available.

your

—Vulnerable. A keen eye.

annual

—Well, okay! There's hope.

salary?”

—Very standard. Intimate.

 

 

“are

Acetylene. Too choosy.

you

You can't! Not much.

doing

Elevated. Subtle.

okay?”

—Just right. Beyond belief.

 

14. There's coarse beauty and there's fine beauty. People just say stuff, not because any of their stuff is true, it's because you don't have the exact knowledge to defend yourself. Pretend you're Tonto or Leroy Jethro Gibbs ... They use scripts ... You wait for your writers to feed you some “natural” lines. Then you just say it. There's no right way, you just say something back in the process of learning. Your deepest mind will catch on. Your deepest mind can defend itself. Help it wake up. Say something back in the River of Time and wait three days. They crucify you, you say something back, then you wait three days.

 

“you're

—Unbound. That's a switch.

ugly!

The opposite of a juicy target.

you

—You can't! Not much.

don't

—Not sure that's so. Sparingly.

belong

—England! Catches on.

here.”

It's a possibility. No cash.

 

 

“you

—You can't! Not much.

don't

—Not sure that's so. Sparingly.

know

Not in with the in-crowd.

that?

—It's karma. A bit slow.

you're

—Unbound. That's a switch.

stupid!”

Just finish your high school.

 

 

“it's

—That's a lie. Where you live.

your

—Vulnerable. A keen eye.

mind

—Certainly not. Liberty!

I

—It's a possibility. No cash.

like.

—That's funny. Can't really say.

say

—It's your bedtime. Isn't it?

something

—A cliffhanger! My way!

smart.”

—By now. A turnaround.

 

 

“do

—You do? Better than I do.

you

—You can't! Not much.

have

—Rooted Californian. Let go!

boundary

—No need to talk about it.

issues?

—Sadly. I must be a mirror.

you're

—Unbound. That's a switch.

crazy!”

Probably. With employees.

 

15. If you mutter, “NIGHT SKY!” other people could easily hear it as, “Nice guy!” Or, when you really need help, ICY FIRE! feints “I see fire!” & works much better than “Help! Help!” ICY FIRE!)

 

16. People have the right to set boundaries and not be pushed around by other people.

 

“what's

—Back in no time. Not available.

the

—Not quite. Don't count on it.

matter

—I know I'm good. Nothing really.

with

—Networking, eh? It's out!

you?”

—You can't! Not much.

 

 

“you

—You can't! Not much.

should

—Playing my tune. No time.

commit

—It's terrible. BUNK! I'm torn.

suicide.”

—Don't include me. After you!

 

17. Furthermore, a person has every right to cry out, ACETYLENE! if someone in another car blows their horn for your attention, rolls down their window, and yells something totally incomprehensible to you.

 

“are

Acetylene. Too choosy.

you

—You can't! Not much.

frmsgcfsf?”

ACETYLENE!

 

 

“acetylene?”

That's it. We're done.

 

18. Notice how language curves around and through you. Bullies design attack words to settle in. Rehearse short scripts to dislodge them before they can get to you. Choose half (½) a response. Hold the second half (½) back for another day.

 

“I

—It's a possibility. No cash.

want

—Sadly. I must be a mirror.

to

—No rush. A whole team.

see

—What we have that you don't.

an

—Hold it! What's the password?

improvement

ANY TIPS? Get a dog!

in

Is that so? Enough about me!

your

—Vulnerable. A keen eye.

performance.”

Somehow. Super. Imagine.

 

19. Mr. Trump your father, Ms. Clinton your mother & you in the middle fatootsed. Everyone's frowning up. He's a brute, she's overwhelming & I don't care if you paralyze in there. War machine, bureaucracy & debt bondage. Id, superego & ego. Tie this one to this one. Use one another. Keep this space clear. It's you!

 

“because

A wonderful view. You could.

you

—You can't! Not much.

have

—Rooted Californian. Let go!

nothing

Our culture. Ask them.

to

—No rush. A whole team.

say!”

It's your bedtime. Isn't it?

 

 

“EXCUSES

Shadow dog. SIDE PONY!

SUCK!”

WORK HARDER! Worse!

 

 

“mom's

Out on the barge. At night.

got

—Mosquito. No atmosphere.

you

—You can't! Not much.

washing

BACK OFF! Stay back.

the

—Not quite. Don't count on it.

dishes,

—Family & friends. Each of us.

huh?”

—An odd thing. Held back.

 

20. Don't let bullies get away with it! Nip their words in the bud. Throw 'em out! You can't really make a mistake. Practice talking really slow.

 

“aw,

—All over. What's next?

you're

—Unbound. That's a switch.

a

That's what you save money for.

sweetheart.”

WHO CARES? It works!

 

21. There's a permanent adversarial culture in this country. It's best not to say too much. Lay low! :: “To Confront Someone is to Empower Them.” (Moldavian) || “Fight for Your Way.” (Korean) || “Our Biggest Mission in Life is to Avoid Boring Fools.” (Scottish). This is small-talk survival! Once you've found yourself again, check out some background material I wrote in 2012 having to do with Raw Anger.”

 

22. I drive a Yellow Cab in the city, San Francisco taxi 1010, and today I met a man from Australia who interspersed observations about those who are “driving while entitled” (d.w.e.) and drawing my attention to a certain farmers' market along our way. Conversations are like that. Most people are pretty nice, many don't know exactly how to say something, but their heart is in it. There's nourishment there, between the words. When there isn't nourishment, I feel, it's often because one or both of you are allowing “driving while emotional” to overpower you, or run the show, leaving you pretty much hollowed out, stifled or empty. A sudden burst of epinephrine is a weaselly substitute for endorphins. This website is designed to bring new associations into the mix, so as to allow a sense of humor, a sense of restraint, or a sense of far-flung experience to open up, and allow nourishment to creep back in.

 

“WHAT

—Our culture. Ask them.

TIME

Think so? My humanity.

YOU

—You can't! Not much.

START?”

—Switched! The usual suspects.

 

 

“WHAT'S

—Back in no time. Not available.

WRONG

Earlier. HEALTHIER.

WITH

—Networking, eh? It's out!

YOU?”

—You can't! Not much.

 

 

“WHERE

—Sovereign space. Trust me.

YOU

You can't! Not much.

GOING?”

—Congratulations! Far and wide.

 

23. The main idea of “Non-escalating Verbal Self-defense” is to say as little as humanly possible, to quiet your mind and sense yourself like a cat, until you get a chance to integrate certain words or phrases into your everyday parlance. As an exercise, try saying “—Nothing fancy” every time you hear the word, “looking.” So, as an example, a gangster says, “What are you looking at?” and you matter-of-factly say, “—Nothing fancy.” It never hurts to be friendly! A clerk says, “Just looking?” and you say, “—Nothing fancy.” A security guard says, “Are you looking for something?” and you say, “—Nothing fancy.” Your girlfriend says, “Stop looking at me like that!” and you say, “—Nothing fancy.” That may be the wrong thing to say, so you hold in reserve, as a backup to the response, “—Nothing fancy,” the one-word response, “—Freedom!”

 

24. Now, since you rarely hear the trigger word “looking” in everyday life, let's go for the granddaddy of all attack words, “you!” Try saying one of two responses to the word “you” all through the day, until you feel entirely comfortable, and your sense of humor has risen above the threshold of wherever it might have been buried, if in fact it was entombed, your sense of humor, that is. Not your comfort. It's good to consciously raise the tension! Just do it and hold your breath until you have to laugh. Then wait a day for this exercise to sink in ... Never explain yourself! The two responses to “you” are “Not exactly,” and “Not much.” The best of luck to you!

 

“you

—You can't! Not much.

have

—Rooted Californian. Let go!

a

That's what you save money for.

bad

—Beer & sandwich would be nice.

attitude!”

—Yesterday, for the first time.

 

 

“he

Wouldn't have expected it.

has

—Very standard. Intimate.

a

That's what you save money for.

bad

—Beer & sandwich would be nice.

attitude!”

Yesterday, for the first time.

 

 

“oh,

—Fantastic. I wouldn't know.

so

—Not over yet. Cloud cover cool.

now

—Stick around! One's enough.

you

—You can't! Not much.

have

—Rooted Californian. Let go!

a

That's what you save money for.

good

—On the trail back there.

attitude!”

—Yesterday, for the first time.

 

 

“well,

—The first load. Drop it in.

I

It's a possibility. No cash.

don't

—Not sure that's so. Sparingly.

like

—That's funny. Can't really say.

your

—Vulnerable. A keen eye.

attitude!”

—Yesterday, for the first time.

 

25. A baby is a creature “stuck” as a creature unfolding into the future. How can you attack something like that? How can you be .. be .. become that? Where inside you is a magnet drawing you into the future? And who, what, and why doesn't want you to defend it? Draw yourself to this place. Attach yourself to this place. Do anything you can to find yourself propelled into this place. It's you! What has happened in the past is not you! It's that simple. Once you find it, inside yourself, you'll find a force that can defend itself.

 

“I

—It's a possibility. No cash.

honestly

Not a place for a child.

love

—The best ever. I hardly knew.

you!”

You can't! Not much.

 

26. When you're high socially, you can live on any level. You learn to complain little, argue sparingly & manifest simple beauty at a very early age. If anyone's mean, you get up & walk out. You could put me in a mental hospital and I'd do all right.

 

“don't

And if we don't? Sparingly.

be

—But why? Maybe it's you.

fresh

—See that? A long way.

with

—Networking, eh? It's out!

me,

—Let things develop. Raw.

young

—The opposite of a juicy target.

man!”

—Fantastic. I wouldn't know.

 

27. Don't let people fool you into making things ugly — People who for whatever reason are there to bother you, to trap you, to bludgeon you. They love to smell like dead raccoons so they can sneak up on people. There is an art: a script that is very, very useful. “How do you like that? I might ask you the same question.” They've invented something called the mainstream, and anybody who isn't mainstream is a total idiot. Most people feel very lucky if they feel they're mainstream. “Okay, so what are we going to do? Killer!” There's a being inside that needs nourishment, so you nourish it! It's an awareness thing. It's fate. Don't try to figure things out. Feed what's inside you!

 

28. There's nothing to do. Want what you have. It's like a magnet. When it's in the water, the fish will see that. Everything charged! You should grow like an onion! Go easy on yourself. You know, you just plan your day. Don't cheat yourself. You never know what they're going to do. You have to give up hating other people and concentrate on having a good life. “I'm taking a real vacation on the day of your gathering. I'm not going to be there. My plans aren't final, however. Thank you!

 

29. “You'll Never Be My Friend.” For some accidental reason one little kid pushes another little kid away and says, “You'll never be my friend!” When you're a toddler, an awful lot of your mind is preverbal, and because this part of you doesn't know how to respond to personal attacks such as “You'll never be my friend” in words, it simply files them away, buries them, and forgets to revisit them as a teenager or young adult. That can be a problem. You can't figure out why it's difficult to make friends. People use reverse clairvoyance to see into other people's minds ... things you may have no idea are there ... and they respond to these perceptions. See the problem? An adult would simply say, “BACK OFF!” & feel the hurt & realize very deeply there are other people. G. I. Gurdjieff wrote “Be courteous to all on the outside, free on the inside.” And a ninety-year-old executive said in an interview, there are two words a person should never forget: “Over!” and “Next!”

 

“you'll

—Very enriching.

never

I hate taking messages.

be

—But why? Maybe it's you.

my

—Thanks for warning me.

friend.”

BACK OFF! Stay back.

 

 

“sometimes

—Here and now. That's all.

not

—I'll live. I'm not an angel.

having

—Hold for a minute. Boom!

any

—Back-to-back. At midnight.

friends

—Let's go by intuition.

is

—Unrestrained, you know?

an

—Hold it! What's the password?

advantage.”

ANY TIPS? Get a dog!

 

 

30. “i love you.” If a ninth grade girl from Milton Academy starts writing you love letters, take it with a grain of salt. Earlier, if a fourth grade girl says, “I'll show you mine if you show me yours,” wait to get total when your stepfather can't catch you. And later, if your own mind tells you to jump out the window of an NYC hotel on Thanksgiving Day, remind it to SHUT THE HELL UP & kindly refrain from murdering what you shall become.

 

“I

—It's a possibility. No cash.

love

—The best ever. I hardly knew.

you.”

You can't! Not much.

 

 

“WHAT

—Our culture. Ask them.

WERE

—I don't even suspect anything.

YOU

—You can't! Not much.

DOING

Elevated. Subtle.

IN

—Is that so? Enough about me!

THERE?”

—Going with the flow, man.

 

 

31. “Restroom For Customer Only!” No one would reject you this way on a military base. Welcome to the world of sticking up for yourself! To the world of taxi1010.com & learning how to CLEAR YOUR PIPES & say something back. The Coast Guard, Army, Navy, Air Force & Marines actually do have public latrines, full employment & universal housing. And if a military commandant (mayor of the city) did have unemployed, homeless or restricted plumbing, they'd lose their job. In any event, out here in the Land of Make-believe, it's nice to find something to say back, to have “an attitude,” to be refreshingly fresh.

 

“restroom

Certainly not. Liberty!

for

—Not over yet. Cloud cover cool.

customer

—Dude! None of that stuff.

only!”

—Not so! Who'd that be?

 

32. If I met me, I wouldn't believe a word I say, so ... I just wanted to get that out of my system. It's sort of like telling a police officer after a traffic stop, “If I had come to a complete stop, I'd still be there, now wouldn't I?” So here I am, trembling like a leaf! When anything you do or say in the presence of an incensed police officer is the wrong thing to do or say, Tremble Like a Leaf! And so ends the sixth lesson in Non-escalating Verbal Self-Defense.

 

33. RABBIT HOLES, An Introduction. Google says the term “rabbit hole” is “used to refer to a bizarre, confusing, or nonsensical situation or environment, typically one from which it is difficult to extricate oneself,” and I thank Google for that! Because it's not in my ordinary dictionary. I saw a man going conniptions because the woman he was with kept pointing across the street and repeating, “Is that one as big as yours?” The guy was practically foaming at the mouth, “I don't even know what you're pointing at!” Now that's a rabbit hole. Another time I heard a guy literally screaming, “How can you tell me I'm lying? I'm NOT lying!” It's safe to say he had just found himself trapped down some other rabbit hole. The only thing I can say is that once a certain kind of person finds themselves absolutely down a rabbit hole, that character (typically, a guy) can go totally bonkers. Such is the fabric of a good old-fashioned soap opera. We guys. However. Many, many rabbit holes have verbal cues, or warning signs, which are really quite interesting. For instance, “Is that ...?” and for another instance, “When are ...?” And for a third instance, “Are you ...?” With the Backtalktionary, you can prepare yourself, or arm yourself, before you take the leap. I'm not saying anyone should knowingly follow any one human being down a lousy rabbit hole, however, I do believe we can do a little better than we often do. P.S., telling someone they're lying, or that everything they're saying is somehow tainted, is called Poisoning the Well of Discourse, meaning, the waters are totally fucked-up from the get-go. Luckily, there are some clever ways to escape.

 

“I

—It's a possibility. No cash.

don't

—Not sure that's so. Sparingly.

believe

—Look again. Change everything.

you ...”

—You can't! Not much.

 

 

“you're

—Unbound. That's a switch.

lying.”

It's against my principles.

 

 

“is

—Unrestrained, you know?

that ...?”

—It's karma. A bit slow.

 

 

“when

No need to talk about it.

are ...?”

—Acetylene. Too choosy.

 

 

“are

—Acetylene. Too choosy.

you ...?”

—You can't! Not much.

 

 

“are

—Acetylene. Too choosy.

they ...?”

What we have that you don't.

 

 

“it's ...”

That's a lie. Where you live.

 

 

“what

—Our culture. Ask them.

are ...?”

—Acetylene. Too choosy.

 

 

“you

—You can't! Not much.

don't ...?”

Not sure that's so. Sparingly.

 

 

“did

Through the star. No need.

you ...?”

—You can't! Not much.

 

 

“do

—You do? Better than I do.

you

—You can't! Not much.

know ...?”

Not in with the in-crowd.

 

 

“do

—You do? Better than I do.

you

—You can't! Not much.

mind ...?”

Certainly not. Liberty!

 

 

“I

—It's a possibility. No cash.

wouldn't

Might have been. It's gone.

have ....”

—Rooted Californian. Let go!

 

 

“can

—Booked up. Eat your heart out!

I ...?”

—It's a possibility. No cash.

 

34. I am seventy years old and evidently a little dodgy, which makes total sense. I was born in Dodge City, Kansas. My grandfather, Harry Ames Hart, had a savings & loan, and on paper probably owned half the city. He had enough money to send my father to Harvard, who, by the time I met him, coached debate at Colorado College. Later, my friends would say I argued a little too much, so I took it upon myself to learn how not to argue. I mean, why not?

 

35. So when I had just spat into a trash can at the airport the other day, after I'd cleared my throat, a police officer wheeled up on a bicycle and mumbled something in a menacing way. I moved closer. He said, “Did you see anything in there you like?” Now remember, I'm learning how not to argue. He repeated, “Was there anything in there you like?” My speechless phase soon passed, and I simply said, “I was just spitting.” He belligerently said, “Nothing worth spitting on? Is that what you're saying?” I couldn't control myself: “Should I have spat on the floor?” The officer said, “I didn't see any spit,” so I pointed over to the finely polished SFO trash can and told him to go see for himself. Well, that did it. Soon he had me kneeling on the floor (consciously trembling!) while he called his dispatch to do whatever the hell they do when they talk to dispatch. I slowly stood up with the dignity of an Original American. When I was three or four years old two men took me into a bathroom and locked the door while my parents and their friends carried on with their bacchanal party. The men did something to me from behind, which was a total shock to my system, and afterwards, I just remember curling up on the floor and listening to people screaming. I came to realize on some level I had become a living crime scene, court appearance and all, and now here I was some sixty-seven years downstream in the River of Time, trying to make sense of all these things on the deepest level. Maybe I'm the embodiment of a lifelong crime wave.

 

“see

What we have that you don't.

anything

—It comes from my family.

in

—Is that so? Enough about me!

there

—Going with the flow, man.

you

—You can't! Not much.

like?”

—That's funny. Can't really say.

 

 

“nothing

Our culture. Ask them.

worth

—It's brutal. Death by Nature.

spitting

—God forbid! It never stops.

on?”

Not a place for a child.

 

 

“is

Unrestrained, you know?

that

—It's karma. A bit slow.

what

Our culture. Ask them.

you're

—Unbound. That's a switch.

saying.”

I think it's easy to overstate.

 

36. The Backtalktionary (a.k.a. “Non-escalating Verbal Self-Defense”) helps you find responses to verbal violence word-by-word. It's artificial intelligence for the rest of us. My name is Richard Ames Hart, and my sister, Amoret Phillips, is the taxi1010.com artist. Here's how “Each Word Talks Back” works in everyday life:

 

“you

—You can't! Not much.

are

—Acetylene. Too choosy.

stupid.”

—Just finish your high school.

 

37. Since we're not stupid, we provide a multitude of choices to clear your mind of the attack.

 

“really?”

—BELIEVE me. Got you!

 

38. A dictionary or a thesaurus does the same thing. They provide MULTIPLE CHOICES from which to choose. So do we.

 

“yeah!”

No trouble! Backätcha.

“enjoy.”

—Around the corner. Before long!

“duuhhh!”

—You're smarter than that.

“thanks!”

No trouble! Backätcha.

“smile!”

—BE HONEST! Completed.

“witch!”

—Why so big? All that stuff.

 

 

“any

—Back-to-back. At midnight.

visitors?”

What we have that you don't.

 

 

“Apple Watch?”

—Nothing yet. It is.

 

 

“good

On the trail back there.

answer!”

—An open mind. Mystified.

 

 

“you're

—Unbound. There's no limit.

an

Hold it! What's the password?

angel.”

That can't be right. Atomic.

 

 

“fuck

—Forget that. ROAD KILL!

you!”

—You can't! Not much.

 

 

“good!”

On the trail back there.

 

39. Look for a SINGLE comeback that serves your purpose. It's easy!

 

“I

—It's a possibility. No cash.

think

—Family & friends. Each of us.

you

—You can't! Not much.

should

—Playing my tune. No time.

apologize.”

So excited about something.

 

 

“I

—It's a possibility. No cash.

get

Indeed. OFF LIMITS!

it!”

—It's perfect. Rediscovered.

 

40. They don't teach this stuff in schools, though they should. That's because of the I.T. problem: “Irresponsible Teachers.” (Whenever I mention the I.T. problem, you should actually think “Irresponsible Teachers.”) It's similar to mentioning the “N-word,” making us think “Nigger!” It's all on account of the I.T. problem. Our society is all fucked up due to the I.T. problem & their sheep-like adherence to so-called political correctness. Soon we'll be reading The N-word of the ‘Narcissus’ by Joseph Conrad. There IS such a thing as Denzel Washington, who definitely isn't a nigger. He's a distinguished member of the dark-skinned people. Just saying!

 

“just

—Might have been. It's gone.

saying!”

—I think it's easy to overstate.

 

41. Hopefully we'll be able to normalize all this — niggers, nazis, news junkies, actual junkies, nut jobs, nationalists, & nobodies alike — and notice who's unnoticeably using artificial intelligence & supercomputers to skim unimaginably mammoth amounts of money off the top, leaving everyone else — the ninety-nine point nine percent — pinned down by debt — debt bondage, it's called — car payments, student loans, home mortgages, rents, medicines, health care, insurance costs, legal quagmires, imprisonment, bogus entertainment, so-called higher education, completely phony economic models ... and do something before it's too late. They don't even fly in the same airplanes we do — Listen to Richard D. Wolff on the radio — The people whose pictures you never see don't actually make money, they vacuum it.

 

“yes?”

—Being deceived. Oh, sure.

 

42. Think of money as ransom notes. At some time in the not-too-distant past, you could walk into a bank, pass one of these little “ransom notes” to a teller, and a bank official would fork over the gold. You can see the inherent criminality in this exchange, everyone could, and you'd go your merry way with “your loot!”

 

43. So someone in some foreign territory decided to take this enterprise to a whole new level. They got the bright idea you could dispense with the gold altogether! Instead of passing you “the gold,” they'd simply pass a note back, “a receipt!” with the notion you could come back at some unspecified time, exchange “a withdrawal slip” for ... your original ransom note! He-he-he!

 

44. The term “money” was “coined!” However mere extortion was not good enough. They (the “foreign power”) decided to throw in kidnapping as well! They realized how easy it would be to “kidnap your intellect,” and not even tell you what was behind all this. “I'm glad you're showing some interest!” they'd say with a smirk, forking over a copper penny, as kind of a joke.

 

45. With time, the term “money” became tightly associated with “move!” With money, you have no idea what's behind it. And with “move!” you also don't know what's behind it. They both have to do with operations in which you're being pushed around without knowing “Why?” Rules on the fly! Some “foreign agent” in some bureaucracy is literally demanding you exchange “money” for goods and services, or that you “move!” It truly taxes your intellect, which, incidentally, is still being held hostage! “And if you don't move,” their uniformed minions declare outside the bank, “you'll get a ticket!” ... a retrograde ransom note! (“Cut more of us in on the action, sweetheart!”) Don't even try to go there.

 

“what

Our culture. Ask them.

have

—Rooted Californian. Let go!

we

—So foolish. Underground.

here?”

It's a possibility. No cash.

 

 

“your

Vulnerable. A keen eye.

money!”

—Out on the barge. At night.

 

 

“MOVE!”

—Out on the barge. At night.

 

46. The phrase “Fuck you!” is really a cover-up for “Kill you!” which is derived from “I'll kill you!” and its healthy partner, “I hate you!” Think of a four-year-old boy crying out “I hate you!” to his mother, then being punished by his father. Then the boy covers the whole experience with shame & buries it under sheetrock & paints the inner cocoon wall elephant pink. It takes about three days to complete.

 

“don't

—Not sure that's so. Sparingly.

talk

—Miscommunication anyway.

to

—No rush. A whole team.

your

—Vulnerable. A keen eye.

mother

—Playing my tune. No time.

that

—It's karma. A bit slow.

way!”

—Stand by. You're on the run.

 

47. So he grows up NOT saying “I hate you!” or “I'll kill you!” or “Kill you!” (which are honest expressions of anger.) Instead he goes around THINKING “Fuck you!” It helps to understand what's underneath everything, and how things are disguised. They'll never uncover it in school because of the I.T. problem.

 

“what

—Our culture. Ask them.

is

—Unrestrained, you know?

the

—Not quite. Don't count on it.

fear?”

—Back in the woods.

 

48. The Backtalktionary itself provides all the words in alphabetic order, and eventually you can [click here] and go there. No ads, no requests, no scams. This is because Amoret and I are pretty much hippies, and along with Al Gore, the actual inventors of the Internet. Think of it, you I.T. problem! How often have you devoted twenty-four years of your precious lives to further the development of humanity for free? By the way, shouldn't Artificial Intelligence be a little more than “proving the machine is smart?” Sure, Google, IBM, Microsoft & Apple are smart. But what about the rest of us? Does exercise equipment run around trying to prove it's a big strong piece of machinery, growing stronger every day? No! Exercise equipment helps PEOPLE grow stronger. That's one of the ways Artificial Intelligence might pan out ... making YOU more capable in everyday life! Teaching you Italian, perhaps. Or Bulgarian. For free!

 

49. Amoret and I work hard. Eventually we'll solve both the I.T. problem and the IRS problem. Honest people with connections will figure out how to monetize all this. Then we can refute the taxman's claim “this is a hobby.” Ha! I refuse to fight with them.

 

“is

—Unrestrained, you know?

this

—It's huge. Leave me out of it!

a

That's what you save money for.

hobby

Afraid not. You'll be first up.

then?”

—Refreshing. Expensive!

 

50. Don't fight with a pig in a sty, they say, because the pig likes it! And in the heat of the moment, if they continue to entice you with presents & insults, which you refuse to accept, who gets to keep them? Stay up on the sidewalk! There's other people. Gail Collins might be someone to listen to. She writes for The New York Times, and today, Thanksgiving Day, 2016, her column is entitled, “Carving Donald Trump.” She says, “Over the past couple of years I have noted on several occasions that Donald Trump once sent me a letter saying I had the face of a dog ... In the name of accuracy, however, I have to correct the record. I dug out Trump's missive the other day and discovered he did not actually say I looked like a dog. He said I was ‘a dog and a liar’ with the face of a pig.”

 

“you

—You can't! Not much.

have

—Rooted Californian. Let go!

the

—Not quite. Don't count on it.

face

So foolish. Underground.

of

—Just finish your high school.

a

That's what you save money for.

dog.”

—Wind it up! You wait for it.

 

 

“actually,

—By now. A turnaround.

you

—You can't! Not much.

are

Acetylene. Too choosy.

a

That's what you save money for.

dog,

—Wind it up! You wait for it.

and

Going up! So soon?

a

That's what you save money for.

liar,

—Earlier. HEALTHIER.

with

—Networking, eh? It's out!

the

Not quite. Don't count on it.

face

—So foolish. Underground.

of

—Just finish your high school.

a

That's what you save money for.

pig.”

—Small world. If we agreed.

 

51. By the way, we also get around to providing responses to [generalized attacks]. For instance, if someone begins an [argument] for some cockeyed theory, you can simply switch sides from what you actually think! They say, “I don't believe in global warming,” and you can say back, “I know, right?” For another instance, if someone says something sarcastically (which forces you to fork your mind along two simultaneous paths), you can cop both paths at once, by saying, “Well-grounded!” For a third instance, they [sarcastically] say, “Oh, yeah! We're really having global warming,” and you say ... “Well, the temperature of the earth's inner core is about 10,800 F, which is annoying the hell out of Godzilla, and besides, we have real estate sales pending in Miami Beach, so please, Don't Rock the Boat!” No. I didn't mean to say all that. I meant to say, “Well-grounded!”

 

“I

—It's a possibility. No cash.

don't

—Not sure that's so. Sparingly.

believe

—Look again. Change everything.

in

—Is that so? Enough about me!

global

—You do? Better than I do.

warming.”

I know, right? Another stage?

 

52. RIGHT OFF THE TOP: White people believe they're descendants of kings, and black people believe they're descendants of slaves. That's all nonsense. We are all, every one of us, descendants of survivors! They all made it in brutal times, and they managed to do goodies and make children. It's universal. That's truth. Anyone walking around today who is actually alive is far superior to all dead people. Put a live person next to a bowl of ashes and you will instantly see the difference. Who's better? Shakespeare or you? You! Shakespeare is an ash! His art was to send reflections of experiences down the River of Time. And even if a person does believe they're the descendent of a king, does it amount to more than a tiny spark? We can do much to protect nurturing ideas of all sorts by cultivating the soil of simple humanity.

Topher Sanders, a reporter on racial inequality for ProPublica, described in The New York Times how a little white girl told Mr. Sanders' 5-year-old son what he can and can't do because of his skin color. [“Only white people,” said a little girl. I heard it but I wasn't quite sure what I heard. “Not you, you're black,” said the girl, reaching out to touch my son. “You're not white. Only white people can play.”] Here at taxi1010.com you can learn what to say back, even if you're five years old. You just have to be slightly worse than the other person, a little educated. Topher Sanders' article is called “‘Only White People’ Said the Little Girl,” in Opinion: The Sunday Review: The New York Times, October 16, 2016. In what follows you can find responses to individual words. Your job is to simply pick and choose from an assortment.

 

“only

—Not so! Who'd that be?

white

Eggshells. They're cracking.

people.”

—Sight unseen. It's insane.

 

 

“not

—I'll live. I'm not an angel.

you,

—You can't! Not much.

you're

—Unbound. That's a switch.

black.”

TOO BAD! Harm each other.

 

 

“you're

—Unbound. That's a switch.

not

—I'll live. I'm not an angel.

white.

—Eggshells. They're cracking.

only

—Not so! Who'd that be?

white

Eggshells. They're cracking.

people

—Sight unseen. It's insane.

can

—Booked up. Eat your heart out!

play.”

Royal blood. Imaginatively.

 

53. 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. (For instance, playing “Cowboys and Originals” :: cowandori.com || shaqeonit.com when you were a child.)

 

“how

You made a big difference today.

are

—Acetylene. Too choosy.

you?”

—You can't! Not much.

 

 

“how's

—Effortless. Well, you too.

it

—It's perfect. Rediscovered.

going?”

—Congratulations! Far and wide.

 

 

“hey,

—All at once! Wearing a mask.

what's

Back in no time. Not available.

up?”

—A better offer. Hang on!

 

 

“what's

—Back in no time. Not available.

going

—Congratulations! Far and wide.

on?”

Not a place for a child.

 

 

“that's

—Life in the shade. Saved again!

your

—Vulnerable. A keen eye.

specialty.”

See that? A long way.

 

 

“wow,

—Not quite. Don't count on it.

a

That's what you save money for.

man

—Fantastic. I wouldn't know.

of

—Just finish your high school.

many

—BELIEVE me. Got you!

talents.”

—Sadly. I must be a mirror.

 

 

“good

—On the trail back there.

luck

All rightie then. With a map!

with

—Networking, eh? It's out!

everything.”

Old as dirt. Hard to believe.

 

 

“have

Rooted Californian. Let go!

a

That's what you save money for.

good

—On the trail back there.

one.”

It comes from my family.

 

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

Thanks, chum. My place is here.

to

—No rush. A whole team.

hell.”

—Dignity. You don't count.

 

 

“go

Thanks, chum. My place is here.

back

—All at once! Wearing a mask.

to

—No rush. A whole team.

where

—Sovereign space. Trust me.

you

—You can't! Not much.

came

—Not quite. Don't count on it.

from.”

Go ahead. GO HOME!

 

 

“you

—You can't! Not much.

should

—Playing my tune. No time.

go

—Thanks, chum. My place is here.

to

—No rush. A whole team.

Safeway.

—How's that? Is it cheap?

this

It's huge. Leave me out of it!

store

—Congratulations! Far and wide.

is

—Unrestrained, you know?

for

—Not over yet. Cloud cover cool.

white

Eggshells. They're cracking.

people.”

—Sight unseen. It's insane.

 

54. 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

A wonderful view. You could.

say

—It's your bedtime. Isn't it?

anything

—It comes from my family.

back

—All at once! Wearing a mask.

at

—How so? Most of us don't.

all?”

—Then again. What divides us?

 

55. 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

—Stately. The need is unreal.

but

—I know, right? Another stage?

I

—It's a possibility. No cash.

don't

—Not sure that's so. Sparingly.

understand

—The light in a broken heart.

anything

—It comes from my family.

of

Just finish your high school.

what

—Our culture. Ask them.

you've

—The reverse! That's enough.

written

—Try again. Not what you think.

on

—Not a place for a child.

your

—Vulnerable. A keen eye.

site.”

Booked up. Eat your heart out!

 

 

“you

—You can't! Not much.

can't

—Think so? My humanity.

teach

—Just finish your high school.

common
sense.”

—Get a hold!
Of these ideas.

 

56. 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?

An odd thing. Held back.

a

That's what you save money for.

remote

—All at once! Wearing a mask.

control?”

—How's that? Is it cheap?

 

57. 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

—Acetylene. Too choosy.

you

—You can't! Not much.

who

—Shift change! On the job.

what

Our culture. Ask them.

where

—Sovereign space. Trust me.

when

—No need to talk about it.

why

A wonderful view. You could.

how

—You made a big difference today.

which

—How amusing. I live there.

this

—It's huge. Leave me out of it!

that,

—It's karma. A bit slow.

I'm

—Really. You shouldn't be.

sorry,

—Stately. The need is unreal.

excuse

—So dramatic. Pretty savvy.

me,

—Let things develop. Raw.

how's

—Effortless. Well, you too.

it

—It's perfect. Rediscovered.

going

—Congratulations! Far and wide.

and

—Going up! So soon?

what's

—Back in no time. Not available.

up?”

—A better offer. Hang on!

 

58. “How old are you?” Whenever anyone asks you any question at all, they're making a demand. They're demanding you answer their bizarre question! Many people confuse having someone under their thumb with liking them. Are they running a locomotive determined to flatten you out? The question behind “How old are you?” happens to be “How many times has the earth spiralled around the sun since you were born?” and why the hell should you tell them? What are they, a goddamn astrophysicist?

 

“how

You made a big difference today.

old

Only my psychiatrist knows.

are

Acetylene. Too choosy.

you?”

—You can't! Not much.

 

59. It's not simply that people have buttons other people can push. People have a whole panel of buttons other people can get a hold of, often expressing ill-intent by their tone of voice. They try to go around collapsing other people's dreams. Fortunately the Backtalktionary has a whole slew of defenses from which to choose, depending on the situation, the personal history, and the tag team of psychic bad actors involved.

 

“does

—I'll live. I'm not an angel.

it

—It's perfect. Rediscovered.

make

—Why bother? Doesn't matter.

any

—Back-to-back. At midnight.

money?”

—Out on the barge. At night.

 

 

“yeah ...

No trouble! Backätcha.

if

—Far better! Don't laugh.

you

—You can't! Not much.

say

—It's your bedtime. Isn't it?

so.”

—Not over yet. Cloud cover cool.

 

 

“keep

—An odd thing. Held back.

me

—Let things develop. Raw.

in

—Is that so? Enough about me!

the

—Not quite. Don't count on it.

loop.”

—Penny-pinching! Best not to.

 

60. 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: “—Anything goofy.

 

“don't

Not sure that's so. Sparingly.

let

—How things have to change.

the

—Not quite. Don't count on it.

bastards

Sight unseen. It's insane.

get

—Indeed. OFF LIMITS!

you

—You can't! Not much.

down.”

Going up! So soon?

 

61. Is this an interview or a conversation? From emptiness or from innocence? “Two reeds drink from the same stream. One grows to become hollow; the other becomes a sugar cane.” (–The Mathnawí of Jalálu'ddin Rúmí, 1282 AD, line 270) I overheard a little girl at a Japanese restaurant in Berkeley in 2016 putting it a third way: “I'm craving some fried chicken!” she said. I also overheard a telephone interrogation in my taxicab: “What's the scoop? Tell me the scoop! How long ago? I'm reamed! I'm pissed! There'll be consequences.”

 

“what's

—Back in no time. Not available.

the

—Not quite. Don't count on it.

scoop?

—You said it! No set limit.

tell

—What about loafing? You do you!

me

—Let things develop. Raw.

the

—Not quite. Don't count on it.

scoop!

—You said it! No set limit.

how

—You made a big difference today.

long

—And in some cases, grown-up.

ago?

—Ambush! Control yourself!

I'm

—Really. You shouldn't be.

reamed!

—Is that safe? Wrong place.

I'm

—Really. You shouldn't be.

pissed!

—Stately. The need is unreal.

there'll

—Go ahead. GO HOME!

be

—But why? Maybe it's you.

consequences.”

Heavy duty. SNAKE PIT!

 

62. 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

—You can't! Not much.

are

—Acetylene. Too choosy.

a

That's what you save money for.

piece

—The light in a broken heart.

of

—Just finish your high school.

crap.”

—Small world. If we agreed.

 

 

“I

—It's a possibility. No cash.

know

—Not in with the in-crowd.

you

—You can't! Not much.

don't

—Not sure that's so. Sparingly.

like

—That's funny. Can't really say.

doing

—Elevated. Subtle.

the

—Not quite. Don't count on it.

laundry.”

—It's terrible. BUNK! I'm torn.

 

63. 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

—Acetylene. Too choosy.

you

—You can't! Not much.

crazy?”

Probably. With employees.

 

 

“are

—Acetylene. Too choosy.

you

—You can't! Not much.

gay?”

—To honor them. Just you?

 

 

“are

—Acetylene. Too choosy.

you

—You can't! Not much.

coming

—Funny that you're interested.

or

—Not yet. A foot in the door.

going?”

—Congratulations! Far and wide.

 

 

“are

—Acetylene. Too choosy.

you

—You can't! Not much.

a

That's what you save money for.

procrastinator?”

At least. Not a museum.

 

 

“are

—Acetylene. Too choosy.

you

—You can't! Not much.

married?”

—Funny that you're interested.

 

64. 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!

—All at once! Wearing a mask.

keep

An odd thing. Held back.

my

—Thanks for warning me.

name

—That's odd. Should I tell you?

out

—Playing my tune. No time.

of

—Just finish your high school.

your

—Vulnerable. A keen eye.

mouth!

—Small world. If we agreed.

give

—Just finish your high school.

me

—Let things develop. Raw.

your

—Vulnerable. A keen eye.

lunch

—It's your bedtime. Isn't it?

money!”

—Out on the barge. At night.

 

65. Some people hate meaning. They hate warmth, kindness, and they have no sense of humor about their own anger. They're hardly ever original, so it's easy to prepare for their irrational rage in advance. You can practice.

 

“you

—You can't! Not much.

need

Who doesn't? Have faith.

to

—No rush. A whole team.

move!

Out on the barge. At night.

MOVE!

Out on the barge. At night.

NOW!”

—Stick around! One's enough.

 

66. An undercover investigative reporter asked a man at a Donald Trump rally why he was voting for Trump, and the man replied, “Have you heard of Putin?” It's the kind of question – a rhetorical question – that leaves you speechless. It's a Big Pickle, or a predicament. The Backtalktionary creates an associative ladder to help you climb right back up out of a sticky wicket.

 

“have

Rooted Californian. Let go!

you

You can't! Not much.

heard

—All rightie then. With a map!

of

Just finish your high school.

Putin?”

A better offer. Hang on!

 

67. Even a child can learn how to cultivate a low-rent worldliness without trigger warnings. Say very little. Go slow and be specific. Sometimes a bully is just trying to shock you & put you on the spot. How about Silver Bullet warnings? You can be very matter-of-fact about these things.

 

“what's

—Back in no time. Not available.

up,

—A better offer. Hang on!

nigga?”

—Yesterday, for the first time.

 

 

“suck

WORK HARDER! Worse!

my

—Thanks for warning me.

cock!”

—TOO BAD! Harm each other.

 

 

“can't

—Think so? My humanity.

we

—So foolish. Underground.

be

—But why? Maybe it's you.

friends?”

Let's go by intuition.

 

68. “How much rent do you pay?” strikes me as an intrusive question. They don't even ask where I stable my horses, let alone how many thoroughbreds we own. Does the person who asked me, “How much rent do you pay?” even intend to buy horses? I have no idea. You'd think they'd ask members of their own family.

 

“how

You made a big difference today.

much

—Break down. I like that.

rent

—Don't worry. Never buy horses.

do

—You do? Better than I do.

you

—You can't! Not much.

pay?”

—In a way. I've earned it.

 

69. 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

—Life in the shade. Saved again!

not

I'll live. I'm not an angel.

fair!”

—No sweat. Either way.

 

 

“that's

Life in the shade. Saved again!

what

Our culture. Ask them.

you

—You can't! Not much.

say!”

—It's your bedtime. Isn't it?

 

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?

70. (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, because with its magic it could unknowingly transform the wound 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

—Not sure that's so. Sparingly.

get

—Indeed. OFF LIMITS!

your

—Vulnerable. A keen eye.

panties

Smarten up! Not allowed.

in

—Is that so? Enough about me!

a

That's what you save money for.

bunch.”

—So sad! I don't do that stuff.

 

 

“I

—It's a possibility. No cash.

just

—Might have been. It's gone.

ignore

Here and now. That's all.

them.”

Shadow dog. SIDE PONY!

 

71. 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 demanded from you to Just answer the question! there are clever ways to evade unwarranted scrutiny if you're deep inside the shadow of Indian Territory: “I'm an American!”

 

“my

—Thanks for warning me.

name

That's odd. Should I tell you?

is

—Unrestrained, you know?

Kevin ...

Next time! An opportunity.

what's

—Back in no time. Not available.

your

—Vulnerable. A keen eye.

name?”

—That's odd. Should I tell you?

 

 

“who's

—Don't worry. Never buy horses.

this

—It's huge. Leave me out of it!

fine

—Go slow! Be specific.

creature?

—Hands off! No supervision!

introduce

Next time! An opportunity.

me!”

—Let things develop. Raw.

 

 

“who's

—Don't worry. Never buy horses.

got

—Mosquito. No atmosphere.

the

—Not quite. Don't count on it.

tab?

Who doesn't? Have faith.

can

—Booked up. Eat your heart out!

you

—You can't! Not much.

pay

—In a way. I've earned it.

for

—Not over yet. Cloud cover cool.

it?”

—It's perfect. Rediscovered.

 

 

“just

—Might have been. It's gone.

answer

—An open mind. Mystified.

the

—Not quite. Don't count on it.

question!”

Points talking to? Any action?

 

72. Red Herring on Hayseed: i. The indefinite. ii. Context switching. iii. So-called free association. iv. Baiting. v. Mumbling. vi. Faux argument. vii. Faux innuendo. viii. Tricky avoidance. ix. Spontaneous leaps. x. Devil's advocate. xi. Hijacking the conversation. xii. Boasting. xiii. Making a scene. xiv. Teasing. xv. Fucking with you. xvi. Hooliganism. xvii. “What is that?” xviii. “Made you look!” xix. “Is that as big as yours?” xx. Making a point.

 

“what

—Our culture. Ask them.

is

Unrestrained, you know?

that?”

—It's karma. A bit slow.

 

 

“made

—In a way. I've earned it.

you

—You can't! Not much.

look!”

—The light in a broken heart.

 

 

“is

Unrestrained, you know?

that

—It's karma. A bit slow.

as

—Think so? My humanity.

big

—Thanks, chum. My place is here.

as

—Think so? My humanity.

yours?”

—Like crazy! Not the least.

 

73. 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 all once were children with a capacity to learn & respond to warmth, kindness and a sense of humor.

 

“are

—Acetylene. Too choosy.

you

—You can't! Not much.

out

Playing my tune. No time.

for

—Not over yet. Cloud cover cool.

a

That's what you save money for.

walk?”

Life in the shade. Saved again!

 

 

“you're

Unbound. That's a switch.

not

—I'll live. I'm not an angel.

working

—But why? Maybe it's you.

today?”

—Alarming! Taken.

 

74. 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 “Prolific.” 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 “Another stage?” 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.”

 

[hayseed]

—Unrestrained, you know?

[rabbit hole]

—No idea. Persistence pays.

[hypnosis]

—Who knows? Prolific.

[ugly things]

—Necessity, right? Victory.

[lurking]

—Shadow dog. SIDE PONY!

[faux friend]

—Really. You shouldn't be.

[innocent snake]

—BELIEVE me. Got you!

[nosiness]

—Why so big? All that stuff.

[criticism]

—It's karma. A bit slow.

[distracting]

—Think twice! Who needs it?

[theater]

—Old as dirt. Hard to believe.

[ramping]

—Allegedly. Not the right time.

[sovereign]

—Supple. Please don't ask.

[interfering]

—I know what to do. Do less.

[lying in wait]

—Heavy duty. SNAKE PIT!

[mumbling]

—Oh, yeah? Says you!

[drama]

—Go ahead. GO HOME!

[complaining]

—The first load. Drop it in.

[lewdness]

—You'd think. Let's hope.

[finances]

—Very little. Keep track of that.

[interruption]

—Not yet. A foot in the door.

[deals]

—Show your face. Good appetite.

[being pulled]

Stately. The need is unreal.

[nosedive]

—It's a possibility. No cash.

[mind games]

—An odd thing. Held back.

[usurpation]

Is that so? Enough about me!

[aspersion]

THAT'S YOU! Plenty of them.

[adulation]

—DOGS, TOO! Just lay low.

[regard]

—Back in no time. Not available.

[insolence]

—Oh, yeah? Says you!

[pedestrian]

—Go ahead. GO HOME!

[switching]

—Not quite. Don't count on it.

[cockeyed]

I don't even suspect anything.

[tangle]

—It's terrible. BUNK! I'm torn.

[screaming]

—Our culture. Ask them.

[whack jobs]

Stand by. You're on the run.

[prejudice]

—Not so! Who'd that be?

[transfer]

—Unbound. That's a switch.

[negative]

—I'll live. I'm not an angel.

[sharing]

—It doesn't really matter.

[shadowing]

—High value. Work for it.

[third person]

—I don't understand. Dog.

[racism]

—Eggshells. They're cracking.

[kidding]

—Congratulations! Far and wide.

[lying]

—Stick around! One's enough.

[parroting]

What on earth? Copy that.

[questions]

Very little. Keep track of that.

[more lies]

—Indeed. OFF LIMITS!

[revenge]

—Allegedly. Not the right time.

[deception]

—Out on the barge. At night.

[mocking]

Don't worry. Never buy horses.

[veiled hatred]

On the trail back there.

[hostility]

—Very different. Look away!

[face-off]

—NIGHT SKY! Circling.

[gutter snipe]

—Go slow! Be specific.

[potshots]

—A natural. Very loyal.

[viciousness]

Why bother? Doesn't matter.

[trojan horse]

Dead & infected. So much!

[pivoting]

—In the crosshairs. In case.

[argument]

I know, right? Another stage?

[grilling]

—Not recently. Seriously?

[just curious]

—Let things develop. Raw.

[intrusion]

—God forbid! It never stops.

[self-attack]

—A cliffhanger! My way!

[body]

Isn't that bizarre? Could be worse.

[sarcasm]

—And more! Well-grounded.

[bullshit]

—I've heard. It's all overrated.

[drain]

—Making progress. In a cage.

[projects]

—All at once! Wearing a mask.

[suggestion]

Playing my tune. No time.

[tar pits]

—Wild, huh? Laundry and all.

[interview]

—Get a hold! Of these ideas.

[cramped]

—The light in a broken heart.

[façade]

—Think so? My humanity.

[morbidity]

—Anything else? The towel?

[vigilante]

All rightie then. With a map!

[relentless]

—Acetylene. Too choosy.

[bad cop]

—Hardly. Quite unnecessary.

[good cop]

—It adds up. A privilege.

[backbiting]

—Not today. Persevere.

[sympathy]

—Not at all. It's no picnic.

[death]

—It's very rough. On the beach.

[tension]

—OUCH. No big deal.

[hound]

That's what you save money for.

[fantasy]

—I'll bet. Insultingly beautiful.

[parables]

—Yeah, sure. Not so much.

[lip-wisdom]

Air & sunshine. Sometimes.

[testing you]

—See that? A long way.

[intimidation]

—Who knows? Prolific.

 

75. 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

Life in the shade. Saved again!

not

—I'll live. I'm not an angel.

my

—Thanks for warning me.

problem!”

—Fantastic. I wouldn't know.

 

76. 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.

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

 

“how

You made a big difference today.

are

—Acetylene. Too choosy.

you

You can't! Not much.

doing

—Elevated. Subtle.

today?”

—Alarming! Taken.

 

 

“haven't

Go on! That's excessive.

seen

—I can't do that very well.

you

—You can't! Not much.

in

—Is that so? Enough about me!

a

That's what you save money for.

while.”

Likewise. By name alone.

 

 

“have

—Rooted Californian. Let go!

a

That's what you save money for.

good

On the trail back there.

one.”

It comes from my family.

 

 

“enjoy!”

—Around the corner. Before long!

 

78. 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

—It's a possibility. No cash.

don't

Not sure that's so. Sparingly.

get

—Indeed. OFF LIMITS!

it!”

It's perfect. Rediscovered.

 

79. 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

—You can't! Not much.

think

—Family & friends. Each of us.

you're

—Unbound. That's a switch.

better

—On schedule. What's different?

than

You started an air strike.

me?”

—Let things develop. Raw.

 

 

“you're

Unbound. That's a switch.

not

—I'll live. I'm not an angel.

comfortable

Wise up! Back away!

in

—Is that so? Enough about me!

your

—Vulnerable. A keen eye.

own

Necessity, right? Victory.

skin.”

—Not bad. Finely nuanced.

 

80. 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

You made a big difference today.

is

—Unrestrained, you know?

everything?”

Old as dirt. Hard to believe.

 

81. 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

—It's a possibility. No cash.

can't

—Think so? My humanity.

stand

—Thlowly. Beautiful perthon!

the

Not quite. Don't count on it.

sound

—Put yourself in the light.

of

Just finish your high school.

your

—Vulnerable. A keen eye.

voice!”

Old as dirt. Hard to believe.

 

82. 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

Not sure that's so. Sparingly.

speak

—So far. Dirt made my lunch.

too

—Very different. Look away!

soon.”

—That's it. We're done.

 

83. 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

—Life in the shade. Saved again!

shit.”

—I can't do that very well.

 

84. 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

It's a possibility. No cash.

thought

—Right! Absolutely. Easy choice.

it

—It's perfect. Rediscovered.

was

—You started an air strike.

called

—I know what to do. Do less.

McDonald's.”

—Not today. Persevere.

 

 

“you

—You can't! Not much.

maligned

No shit! Or vice versa.

her.”

—It's karma. A bit slow.

 

 

“that's

—Life in the shade. Saved again!

not

—I'll live. I'm not an angel.

going

—Congratulations! Far and wide.

to

—No rush. A whole team.

work.”

I know, right? Another stage?

 

85. 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

—Vulnerable. A keen eye.

mother!”

Playing my tune. No time.

 

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?”

Our culture. Ask them.

 

86. 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

—Acetylene. Too choosy.

you

—You can't! Not much.

okay?”

—Just right. Beyond belief.

 

87. 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

—It's a possibility. No cash.

think

—Family & friends. Each of us.

you're

—Unbound. That's a switch.

weird.”

Small world. If we agreed.

 

88. 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

You look me no up?

me?

—Let things develop. Raw.

how

—You made a big difference today.

much

—Break down. I like that.

rent

—Don't worry. Never buy horses.

do

—You do? Better than I do.

you

—You can't! Not much.

pay?

—In a way. I've earned it.

whatever ...

—That can't be right. Atomic.

just

—Might have been. It's gone.

kidding.

Mosquito. No atmosphere.

working

—But why? Maybe it's you.

hard?

—Way before then. Think things!

keep

—An odd thing. Held back.

trying.

—Rooted Californian. Let go!

always!

—Who knows? Prolific.

behaving

—Bad timing. Mañana.

yourself?

—How so? Most of us don't.

staying

Not today. Persevere.

out

—Playing my tune. No time.

of

—Just finish your high school.

trouble?

—Can't we take the tunnels?

keeping

—Effortless. Well, you too.

busy?

—I did not see it coming.

getting

—Off rhythm. The opposite.

old,

—Only my psychiatrist knows.

huh?

—An odd thing. Held back.

you're

—Unbound. That's a switch.

hired!

—How amusing. I live there.

you're

—Unbound. That's a switch.

fired!

Anything else? The towel.

you're

—Unbound. That's a switch.

so

—Not over yet. Cloud cover cool.

bad.

—Beer & sandwich would be nice.

be

—But why? Maybe it's you.

good!”

On the trail back there.

 

89. 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

—Our culture. Ask them.

would

—A miracle. Let it be.

you

—You can't! Not much.

say

—It's your bedtime. Isn't it?

if

—Far better! Don't laugh.

someone

—It adds up. A privilege.

said,

What on earth? Copy that.

‘you're

—Unbound. That's a switch.

an

—Hold it! What's the password?

asshole?’

—Recharge quickly! Flip it!

 

 

“ASSHOLE!”

REAL AXE! Sweetie.

 

90. 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

—I can't do that very well.

like

—That's funny. Can't really say.

to

—No rush. A whole team.

bend

—Unbound. That's a switch.

her

—It's karma. A bit slow.

over

—Rooted Californian. Let go!

the

—Not quite. Don't count on it.

table,

—Who, me? Knock it off!

give

Just finish your high school.

her

—It's karma. A bit slow.

some

—Wise up! Back away!

meat!”

Wild, huh? Laundry and all.

 

91. Q: How can you get along with dead, unresponsive meat? A: You can't, so quit trying. How can a spark of light get along with insultingly beautiful? Don't get drawn in!

 

“everybody,

—Also terrible things.

sing

—Air & sunshine. Sometimes.

along!”

—England! Catches on.

 

92. Bitch! It's best to get ahead of the curve on this. When someone cries out “Bitch!” the word is reverberating in their own skull much louder than in yours. Could it be they're the bitch? Well, yeah!

 

“you

—You can't! Not much.

BITCH!”

I'm aware of that. Graduated.

 

93. 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,

—All at once! Wearing a mask.

what's

—Back in no time. Not available.

up?

—A better offer. Hang on!

you

—You can't! Not much.

look

—The light in a broken heart.

new

Not at all. It's no picnic.

here.”

—Allegedly. Not the right time.

 

“got

—Mosquito. No atmosphere.

a

That's what you save money for.

jump?

Someone else. Who decides?

can

—Booked up. Eat your heart out!

I

—It's a possibility. No cash.

borrow

—Try again. Not what you think.

your

—Vulnerable. A keen eye.

pen?”

—Penny-pinching! Best not to.

 

“let

—How things have to change.

me

—Let things develop. Raw.

just

—Might have been. It's gone.

use

Afraid not. You'll be first up.

your

Vulnerable. A keen eye.

cell

—I hate taking messages.

phone.

—Can't we take the tunnels?

thanks!

No trouble! Backätcha.

appreciate

—All set. Makes you cry.

it.”

—It's perfect. Rediscovered.

 

“maybe

—Nothing complicated. Low-key.

we

—So foolish. Underground.

can

—Booked up. Eat your heart out!

hook up

If we had time. On your own.

sometime.”

—I decide what's for me.

 

“are

—Acetylene. Too choosy.

you

—You can't! Not much.

racist?”

Make 'dos slaves real people!

 

“come

—By no means, sir! ICYFIRE!

on! ...

Not a place for a child.

you

—You can't! Not much.

don't

—Not sure that's so. Sparingly.

want

—Sadly. I must be a mirror.

to

No rush. A whole team.

be

—But why? Maybe it's you.

rude.”

You can't be too careful.

 

“give

—Just finish your high school.

me

—Let things develop. Raw.

some

—Wise up! Back away!

help.

—Think twice! Who needs it?

put

—Here and now! That's all.

your

Vulnerable. A keen eye.

finger

—Hardly. Quite unnecessary.

right

—No idea. Persistence pays.

here.”

—Allegedly. Not the right time.

 

“then

—Refreshing. Expensive!

let's

—It's stage directions. Capiche?

meet

Not right now. Whatever it is.

up

—A better offer. Hang on!

on

Not a place for a child.

the

—Not quite. Don't count on it.

roof.”

—No rush. A whole team.

 

94. 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

Rooted Californian. Let go!

you

—You can't! Not much.

decided?

—I know what to do. Do less.

do

—You do? Better than I do.

you

—You can't! Not much.

know

—Not in with the in-crowd.

what

—Our culture. Ask them.

you

—You can't! Not much.

want?”

Sadly. I must be a mirror.

 

95. 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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

15 December 2017