The Mook Manifesto - Part 5 (Final)

May 2, 2018

The final fifth of the Mook Manifesto, by Michael John Rowland manifested here for your embittered dismissal...

 

 

Step 81

 

Words.

 

Now is the furthest into the future anyone has ever traveled. Don't be boring.

 

Step 82

 

Don't do this at home. Don't do this alone.

 

 

 

Step 83

 

You had me at 'Don't'

 

Step 84

 

Learn to appreciate other people's works as if they were your own.

Then learn to appreciate your own with the same fervour.

 

 

 

 

 

Step 85

 

It is a myth that artists 'see things differently'. They represent things differently according to their limitations and preferred styles.

 

It is a myth that artists 'hold a mirror up to the world'. They paint what's already in the mirror according to their limitations and preferred styles.

 

It is a myth that artists are artists. They do what they do according to their limitations and preferred styles.

 

It is a myth that one is born an artist. Being an artist is a decision one makes. Like deciding to become a Conservative.

 

Step 86

 

A good artist will strive to remain an amateur artist.

 

 

 

Step 87

 

"If you are willing to do something that might not work, you are closer to being an artist." Seth Godin

 

There are no mistakes in art; only mistakes in business.

 

 

Step 88

 

NO

 

 

 

Step 89

 

Everything comes from nothing. So give yourself some credit. 

 

Step 90

 

A picture paints a thousand pictures

 

 

 

Step 91

 

Oops! Go back to step 1.

 

Step 92

 

There's no such thing as..

 

Soul

Love

Emptiness

Money

Property

Genius

Gods

Zen

Death

Peace

Mind

Now

Time

Space

Equality

Good

Evil

Ghosts

Reincarnation

Blasphemy

Neautrality

Finality

Celebrity

Sobriety

Society

Best

worst

Common Language

Or

Art

 

 

 

Step 93

 

Everybody's nervous. Don't be shy to hold hands. Or curl into a ball. Or lay on the floor for a while after you fall.

 

Step 94

 

It's not always easy and its not always what they want.*

 

*Read in relation to anybody you ever accidentally envied.

 

Still breathing? Remember to breathe.

 

 

 

Step 95

 

A lifetime of peace comes in one afternoon.

 

Step 96

 

Caramelize the onions

 

 

Step 97

 

Don't follow, don't beg. Make it so people want to come to YOUR party.

 

Step 98

 

There are more important things than manifestos.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 99

 

100 is a nice round number.

 

Step 100

 

Routine makes a thing a thing. A reality.

The rest is makey uppy.

A name nails it. To a cross.

Inventing a routine and naming it DOES make it sacred.

 

 

 

 

M.J.R.

 

 

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