"The San Francisco scene remained a layered, complex mulch from which sprouted some pretty advanced ideas: work should be spiritually sustaining; people should care for one another; riches should be shared; fun should be had.
There was a feeling in the air that humans had the potential to be more than workaday drudges. We had the resources then to make life amazing. In fact, resources begat resources, love begat love, and -- oh, yeah -- work begat work.
With a little work (or a lot, as it turned out), we could do anything, even save the world."
-- from a very interesting and inspiring letter to the editor in the September issue
of Vanity Fair
penned by a woman named Jeanne Wilkinson, in response to a long piece published by VF
in July about the storied milieu
in San Francisco during the famed 1967 "Summer of Love."
Things have certainly changed since then -- and a lot of that idealism was quite misguided -- but it seems a core part of the energy Wilkinson describes remains here in San Francisco. It's why I think things feel so fundamentally different here than in, say, New York (although they are finally starting to appropriate some of the old San Francisco attitude
out east, I'm not sure they'll ever quite get it.) I love NYC to pieces but it's just not the same.
And despite all of the criticism about California and the Bay Area being "unfriendly to business," I think it's this unique core belief system that has made this a hub of two things that seem to be at odds: Forward-thinking business innovation and personal livability.
I say, long live the San Francisco scene.