Messaging apps and 500mph planes deceive us. We have manipulated physical distance to give an appearance: the world is small.
The world is not small.
From Forbes, 2012:
…true to California’s reputation for harboring a pioneering spirit, the state’s wealthiest ZIP codes are home to more Toyota Prius hybrid models than they are to luxury wheels…Century City in southern California (with an average annual income of $751,00) chose the Prius, followed by the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and C-Class sedans…The Prius was also the car of choice in Ross, California, where the average annual income was $497,000…Although denizens of Atherton, California, with an annual average income is $768,000, opted for the Mercedes-Benz E-Class as their top car, they showed their green spirit by choosing the Prius as their next most-purchased car.
A Mongolian in Century City would think the temperature drops to -30℃. A Californian in Ulaanbaatar might mistake it for Silicon Valley.
It would take 18 hours for them to physically switch places. Then they’d be on different planets.
Also published on Medium.