Civilization as we have known it to exist has re-appeared as a barbaric monster it was back in the darkened days. A complex systems of societies developed with internal characteristics of customs and cultures, it has no reared its ugly head to attack the very basic foundation of a modern world seeking to take it back centuries into the earlier parts of the world’s history.
Most of us know of the early rise, growth and decline of earlier civilizations. Whenever the world reached a potential perfection of the quality of life, someone or something spoils the goodness of society and turns it into an evil advance of hate, greed or lust for power. These advances are often fueled by religious and spiritual norms of our civilization but spurred by war, violence and greed by political means and intrusions.
In other words, when the level of civilization reaches it peaks of goodness, can it be brought back down by the poor maintenance of such positive developments and growth by the negatively motivated, unethical relationships usually grounded in human immoral and criminal behaviors.
Perhaps we all overestimated the meaning of civilization. We know that the opposite of being civilized is to be ‘barbaric’ in nature and how that is defined is truly interesting as it is all based on cultures and practices that appear to be normal or unacceptable to different people divided into classes or groups of men, women and children belonging to a specific race, creed, religion, color or nationality.
To each their own, civilization may be applied to human groups indiscriminately based on the perception at hand of those who judge and sit in judgment of others aka bigots. Hence, we have changed the word to mean an acceptable standard of behavior, similar to etiquette. A phenomenon that casts a shadow on crude, unacceptable ‘barbaric’ behaviors.
But evolution and revolution has brought a deeper definition of the word civilization. It has now enveloped, encircled or wrapped up other characteristics that are both inner and outer layers of acceptance or disapproval. This has brought on two key words that describe today’s assessment of the world as we justify ‘racism’ and ‘imperialism’ with a wish to dominate others either religiously or politically.
Powerful nations have formed an alliance to defeat other nations deemed to be a threat to their own way of life or because of greed or power. Using the term under this description, we are now pitting one element of civilization, the more complex, refined, sophisticated society that is viewed superior to the other lower description of another element of the opposite civilization, the weaker barbarians and culturally dominate them into slavery or dominance or even death.
One cannot erase the fact that this same conflict exists also within a culture or civilization itself. A conflict that may lead to a civil war if not maintained or controlled to preserve peace by adhering to the expected integrity and cultural standards set by the foundation of such civilizations or groups of men, women and children as they grew up and enjoyed an education, freedom of religion and free-will thinking.
Think of culture as a specific set of ideas, religious beliefs, customs, arts, political wills and other elements that makes them unique. This includes the creativity or development of intellectual minds to embrace more intricate and personal aspects of the cultures that includes literatures, philosophical ideologies, architecture and other fabrics of life that makes them believe they are unique and elite.