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The purpose of Rise of the Artist has once again changed. In the past, I’ve used ROTA to comment on mankind’s increasing need for creative people. Today, I consider ROTA to be more of a collection of insights — a library of thoughts from those creatives who have, and are changing history. Mostly, it has become a record of my monkey thoughts on creative thinkers and their best ideas.

Why the change? I recognise that we are teetering the cusp of a new era. An era fortuned with mass discovery and liberation. Spurred on by artificial intelligence, space travel, and shared data, this era will forever add mankind to the annals of history. It is a crowning achievement for the monkey.

But before we go patting ourselves on the back. Let’s remember that this change was brought to us by a minority of creative thinkers. Many of whom were shamed, imprisoned, and even killed, for their radical discoveries. I want to document these insights here. Largely because I believe the monkey has a tendency to skim read life’s greatest lessons. 

Here’s the deal. Once a week, I’ll choose a passage that has moved me to think differently. And I’ll produce a monkey monologue to accompany it. I’ll post both here.

You leave when you get bored.

Rob Siltanen, Think Different

Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.