We have all heard of San Francisco, there are many attributes that place this beautiful location into the realm of 'unique cities' in our minds. Beyond the Tech, beyond the Love Child, beyond the Vegan Diet, beyond the Maltese Falcon, beyond Tales of the City, and beyond the Gold Rush... San Francisco is a city like no other highlighting many of the finest characteristics of 'Humans'.
Don't get me wrong, there are many great cities on Planet Earth (and I've been to a few), but something always pulls me back to San Francisco. I can't put a finger on it exactly, but there is something in the air here (and not just the smell of 420, urine, and lavender). I lived here as a child during the 70s while my father was in medical school and I experienced my share of concerts in Golden Gate Park atop my parents shoulders witnessing the melting pot of Creativity, Compassion, Knowledge, Freedom, and Hope. Early on I embraced the power of remaining open minded and inquisitive.
I was not alone in my youthful awareness, it was contagious and since that time San Francisco has blossomed into a Dominating Global Force... but dominating in a unique way, by this I mean that within my lifetime for example I have witnessed countless great companies, ideas, and philosophies blossom from San Francisco's Aorta.
I have visited and lived in SF over many years since my childhood. I powered through the first tech boom, the second tech boom, and now creating a third boom here with many like-minded individuals. There is something special about SF-ians such as myself, and only those that have lived in San Francisco know exactly what I'm talking about. I'm not bragging, it's just a reality that happens to Trump all other realities.
This is not to say that other great cities have not had their Epic moments in history – Giza, Rome, Paris, Tikal, etc. However, I will go out on a limb here by stating that throughout Human Civilization, there has never been a more impactful city consciousness that has had such a profound Global Impact within just one generation (Generation X). I mean, it's almost ridiculous to even attempt to document all the times that I myself have witnessed the smallest SF concepts rapidly adapt into a new way of life for our entire Planet.
What truly amazes me is the fact that in demographic terms, San Francisco is relatively small in size and population and it is dwarfed by most major cities by a long shot. I can walk the entire city in one day and SF almost has a small town feel to it in many areas including The Mission, The Haight, etc. I have always felt proud to live here, proud to be included within this small tribe of diversity and intellect. It's my little Jewel City, the one place that embodies all the best of what life has to offer, and all within reach. The Golden Gate Bridge, Marin Headlands, Fort Mason, Ocean Beach, Golden Gate Park, and on, and on, and on...
So, what's the Secret??? To summarize, I will simply call it the perfect blend of Imagination And Intellect... Light And Dark... East And West... Sane And Insane... Yin And Yang...