The need to be a community is so deeply engraved in the depths of the human being, that through time it has evolved in shape, but without losing its originality. We could assure that it is engraved in the root of the human hard disk, that impenetrable quintessence, the basement that makes us move in relation to others, to be a shoal.
So deeply ingrained in us is this need to relate to each other that it has been mutating for thousands of years; since fire appeared on the scene and since there is a record of the soot and red pigments turned rock art that demonstrate the magical idea of catching the spirit of the deer, the horse, or the buffalo in the hunt; and the clothing that that fire brought to the hunters, to the nomads, and later to the tribes. Those tribes that were the seed of civilizations, myth and communities, found in fire the food and care necessary to flourish.
Family, societies and history were developed around sharing ideas during the meal, on many occasions a table, which later changed to a community space where the word could flow, but also the writing.
If we could go back in a time machine, and make the journey from some 45,000 years ago, we would find the wealth of the community drawn on a wall, the ink written on a papyrus, and the law written in stone. We could decipher medieval wood and stone stories, and find the meaning of heaven’s eternity in mathematical equations and philosophical treatises in the germ of modernity. So much knowledge and history found around the word, and the myriad ways in which we have communicated our ideas through orality, image, and print, have shaped culture as we know it.
There has been an evolution in the way we nurture relationships, do business, and entertain ourselves, but in the midst of all these ways, there is a great need for community. It is not surprising that new technologies are so ingrained in our daily lives if the new stone, the new line of smudge on the wall, and the new papyrus, are now made up of zeros and ones. The genius binary vision that Jobs had was the vision of looking forward decades and knowing that his ideas would find their way into every common professional’s office, every homemaker’s kitchen, and every student’s room and backpack. The mobile is now that new fire that connects us, that entertains us, that feeds us, and that excites us.
We will have to wait I do not know how many generations now so that our own bodies are the devices that illuminate and access the knowledge of the near future.
The mobile is now that new fire that connects us, entertains and excites us.