One of the features of Civilization is the large population centres in the cities. The word Civilization itself can most easily be represented as urban life. Naturally, people have congregated to this prototype town in growing numbers.
Second, writing is just another aspect of civilizations. Indeed, some would argue that Uruch invented prose. The obvious advantage of this was the ability to transmit essential cultural, spiritual truths and tales, and pass them on to posterity. While the oral history of this era’s citizens is well known, this people’s tale was now being preserved and disseminated via the written word.
The ceremonial buildings and ritual centres sprinkled over your countryside were equally significant. Shrines and temples have, as they do today, played a central role in ancient history. Ritualistic worship and rituals were linked to the religious and cultural structure of the community. These ritual centres were considered to be sacred places and acted as a people magnet like the fertile land itself.
The Fourth feature of what is Western Civilization is continuity. Civil societies were, by definition sedentary societies, as opposed to nomadic cultures. Of course, people and ideas were flowing in and out of the first civilizations, but there was the perpetual inhabitant aspect. Ownership and private property rights were certainly inevitable products of this stability when citizens wanted to settle in the towns.
Finally, the arts are just another of Civilization’s basic components. As legend has it, Enki, the God of Wisdom, sent down the arts through the Goddess Innana, today known as Ishtar. During this period, decorative arts, pottery, jewellery, ‘fancy’ clothing and ceremonial ornaments have become increasingly common commodities. As the standard of living of the people in the first cities increased, there was more time (relatively speaking) for the indulgences of leisure offered by the arts.
Often we prefer to look at it in a very different way, while human beings always blame society, but on that particular matter, one can always disagree. Interestingly, we still hear discussions about the same issues concerning humanity, and in particular its cause and effect. And is it not Uncle Ben who told us that he lays great responsibility with great power?
The sad thing about this world is when anyone only succeeds in keeping up with their own loss he or she lays the blame on the other. Now, isn’t it fair to suggest we’re unconsciously blaming other things to lighten our feelings and consciences?
It is disgusting when he or she seeks to convey fallacious points about Civilization’s negative consequences. The whole point is, humans are cultures, you, he or she is both cultures. One need not argue about this because humanity existed before we were all born. Note, Civilization is a simple thing that we may consider great; it is a long journey that we have, but Civilization is still there to protect and support us in our everyday life efforts. Present and to the future, and click until the time is up.