See the great article at the NYT above to get the full sense of my meaning here. For those who do not wish to get into my full sense, alternatives exist! You will not be penalized for taking those alternatives. This is your experience now, not mine. My experience occurs before and during the time spent in creating this document.
The cultures encircling the Mediterranean Sea must be the most integrated cultures in the world. The great population explosion in the land surrounding the Sea after the Black Death produced the most advanced scientific leap since the Ionian Awakening. Yes, the Renaissance, when people began to see outside their class and color the very same motivations and visions that they themselves harbored.