Humans have demolished with their culture the spherical dimensions in life. Culture has emerged several tools for humans to interact in different dimensions and to make them easier accessible.
The first cultural invention were the religious constructs. Through the definition of a God as creator of certain natural aspects and forces, the distances to mysterious and unknown appearances and natural occurrences were shortened. Through the believe in a god or godlike creator these natural forces could be explained and fears deminished. They lost their frightening potential and became God-given mechanisms to move the world and balance the appearances.
The second cultural innovation was the domestication of plants and animals. This novel technique and life style created sedentariness. Mankind started to live throughout the year at one place. No more nomadism. Humans lost their distance to their nutritional sources. Food got much easier available and famines were less often.
The third cultural innovation occurred through the invention of vehicles for traveling. First there were carriages, then ships, trains and cars. Now planes and rockets. Each invention made physical distances shorter and white spots on earth less. Therefore there are hardly any unknown territories left on Earth’s map. This cultural novelty cut the physical dimension short and left us with an fully explored globe.
The fourth cultural innovation was about the availability of information. It started with the invention of printing. The possibility to write everything down and to make it available for a larger audience shortened the dimension of the information and signaling of people. Lately the Information Age demonstrates that the total world knowledge is accessible, there is almost no information only offline available. The dimension for accessing the information has been shrunken to your fingertips on your phone or tablet.
The fifth cultural change has yet to come, but is approaching slowly through the development of the Internet of Things (IoT) and the Artificial Intelligence (AI). These two integrate our last standing natural trait the human mind into the game of efficiency. After optimizing this we will have powers far beyond anything anyone could ever have dreamt of. Similar to the idea that no-one in the Middle Ages could think of crossing to India from Europe would be possible within hours. We have not yet seen the full capacity of these new technologies.
These cultural revolutions and transitions are deminishing the personal character of every human and unify our possibilities. We can reach everywhere from our homes immediately, we can know everything after a simple search and we can eat everything whenever we want. The distances in our life’s have been shortened and almost everything is available at our fingertip. We have lost the quietness of our hearts and minds and it is our quest to find back to our true nature and ask ourselves: What do we really want?