An old TV show and an old volume of short stories come to mind: “Connections” and “Six Degrees of Separation”.
- “Connections” was a UK-based TV series/documentary created and hosted by James Burke. First aired in the late ’70s, the show “demonstrated how various discoveries, scientific achievements, and historical world events were built from one another successively in an interconnected way to bring about particular aspects of modern technology.” – Wikipedia
- “Six Degrees of Separation” was a concept from a 1929 author who believed that the modern world was ‘shrinking’ due to the ever-increasing connectedness of human beings. Karinthy believed that “the growing density of human networks made the actual social distance far smaller”.
The common thread among us is the technology. By the phenomenal development of this thing that we now take for granted – the Internet – we have come together like no other time in history. And it is by this common thread that we conduct business, no matter the geographic limitation. And yet, by this same common thread, we also form a bond with our neighbor.
What matters most in our own connectivity is the relationship. In spite of distance, we can still develop trust, confidence and reliance on a person or firm from afar. The fabric that weaves our interrelations is made of communication, exchange and alliance.
No matter the method or location, we are a connected community.
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