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The times, they are a-changin’. Whether you believe in the Age of Aquarius, the Book of Revelation or more recently, the Fourth Turning. Change is in the air and more and more people are starting to sense it.

Why Should I Care

Come gather ’round people wherever you roam

And admit that the waters around you have grown

And accept it that soon you’ll be drenched to the bone

If your time to you is worth savin’

Then you better start swimmin’ or you’ll sink like a stone

For the times, they are a-changin’

The Times They Are A-Changin’ – Bob Dylan

Now you might be thinking, “Why should I give a shit?”, which is the right question to ask and, well, with changing times comes adaptation and evolution.

Old school strategies aren’t going to cut it in this new paradigm, people often talk about “old order thinking” or “being analog in a digital world” or also claim you’re “using a 20th century strategy for the 21st century game“.

Many people will tell you how the American dream is dead but one might simply claim it has been adapted to modern times. It has been adapted to a new era.

Second Renaissance

Come writers and critics who prophesize with your pen

And keep your eyes wide, the chance won’t come again

And don’t speak too soon for the wheel’s still in spin

And there’s no tellin’ who that it’s namin’

For the loser now will be later to win

For the times, they are a-changin’

The Times They Are A-Changin’ – Bob Dylan

Whichever of the catchy names you prefer, we hate all of them. We believe we’ve gone through times like these before and it’s only proper to name this one after the previous occurence, presenting to you, the Second Renaissance.

But before we talk about the second, let’s return to the first.

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The Renaissance (french for rebirth) is the name we use for the period covering the 15th & 16th century that bridges the Middle Ages and modern time. Or, what we’ve been referring to as “modern time” this far. Old modern time, Previously modern time, whatever.

Just like half a millenium ago, we believe we have started a similar transition similar to the Renaissance hence, Second Renaissance (this isn’t exactly rocket science).

The Return of the Renaissance Man

Come senators, congressmen, please heed the call

Don’t stand in the doorway, don’t block up the hall

For he that gets hurt will be he who has stalled

The battle outside ragin’

Will soon shake your windows and rattle your walls

For the times, they are a-changin’

The Times They Are A-Changin’ – Bob Dylan

The return of the Renaissance, might also see the return of the Renaissance Man (or Woman).

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According to Britannica, the term Renaissance Man refers to “a man [who] can do all things if he will”, a man of many skills. It’s also been referred to as a Universal Man or polymath.

Renaissance Men were thriving during the Renaissance era because they wore many hats, no longer were farmers or builders who specialized on one single task in charge, this was the time of the polymaths.

It led to a fantastic time for innovation, science, art, culture we’ve never seen repeated. Humanity progressed more in mere decades than in complete centuries before.

Renaissance Men are not to be confused with jacks of all trades, these people still had their specialty (or specialties) but typical for this time was that they were also extremely skilled at a multitude other things. The likes of Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Copernicus, all men of many skills.

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How This Fits in the 21st Century: Advantages of Being a Renaissance Man in 2022

Come mothers and fathers throughout the land

And don’t criticize what you can’t understand

Your sons and your daughters are beyond your command

Your old road is rapidly aging

Please get out of the new one if you can’t lend your hand

For the times, they are a-changin’

The Times They Are A-Changin’ – Bob Dylan

Anyone who’s over 20 might have heard conventional advice as go to school, get good grades, get a degree (any degree really), get a good job and so on. Advice that lead to a great ROI in the previous century which may be why your (grand-) parents are repeating it to you without really thinking about it, it’s just what you do right? It works!

But, the times, they are a-changin’, no longer is higher education a guarantee for the good life. Nowadays it will probably get you a job as a barista and a ton of student debt. This is a strategy for old times, we are now in the Second Rennaisance, this strategy will no longer yield you any return.

This is the time of autodidacts and polymaths, we all have in our pockets a device that gives us access to all the wisdom humanity has acquired. Out are the gatekeepers at univerities, in with the new, for 99% of jobs out there, all that needs to be learned can be learned online, we are the mastters of our own curriculum.

But with the new comes extra risk, new markets are unregulated (or underregulated if you believe in such a thing) which means there are also many scams out there so if you’re considering dropping a couple grant for a so-called online university, you should definitely do your research. Watch reviews, google the name of the course and the people behind it or just stick to the many free courses out there.

Conclusion

The line it is drawn, the curse it is cast

The slow one now will later be fast

As the present now will later be past

The order is rapidly fadin’

And the first one now will later be last

For the times, they are a-changin’

The Times They Are A-Changin’ – Bob Dylan

These modern times lead to some interesting opportunites. We’ve removed gatekeepers and democratized eduction.

No longer is it required the get into debt for the rest of your life to learn some barely useful skills, anyone with an internet connection can learn from the greatest Renaissance Men and Women in history.

No longer do you need to struggle as a journalist or writer to get a good gig, anyone can start a blog or website. Anyone can become a creator. The possiblities haven’t been this abundant since, well, the First Renaissance.

The times, they definitely are a-changin’!

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