I looked up the definition of civilized online at The Free Dictionary (http://www.thefreedictionary.com/civilized) and this is what it says – civilized, adj.
1. Having a highly developed society and culture.
2. Showing evidence of moral and intellectual advancement; humane, ethical, and reasonable: “terrorist acts that shocked the civilized world.”
3. Marked by refinement in taste and manners; cultured; polished.
In the light of the current social, global economic and political scenario’s I was thinking about just how we got to where we are right at this moment.
Now I’m not in any way an expert or a professional economist but I don’t owe the bank or anyone else anything and I can somehow manage to feed and clothe my family from day to day without stealing. Nor am I a qualified historian but like the fool on the hill, I see the sun going down and the eyes in my head see the world spinning round * …. and I also don’t need to pull sleazy, cheap shots to attempt to legally gag any web journalist who reads my blog postings or personal correspondence for simply publishing what I actually say and do.
But as I read through the 3 definitive explanations of the word civilized I can’t help thinking that the west can only honestly say that we only partly align to the definition of a civilized status in the first category and then only scraping through based purely on the possible interpretations of the concept “highly developed” culture. Let’s face it, most of our highly advanced development over the last few hundred years has really only achieved the present pinnacle of existence on which we now so boldly teeter.
I’d give us a 20% mark at best (and only because I’m such a nice, positive person).
And isn’t it amazing that we tend to regard the rest of the world as uncivilized even though in such a relatively short time we’ve virtually almost destroyed our planet, terrorized sovereign nations, violated human rights hand over fist, degraded ethical and moral standards globally, legalized robbery, made an acceptable art form out of lying, stripped the planet of vast amounts of it’s natural resources, and yet some of the ‘super powers’ we regard as uncivilized and undeveloped ruled and flourished for sometimes thousands of years a very long time ago? Some of them still even exist today (but trust me on this, we are rectifying this quite effectively even as we speak).
And if we are so supremely successful in this debacle what might it say of our spiritual standards?
But let’s not take this all too seriously, after all, it’s the weekend soon.
* The Beatles – “The Fool On The Hill,” http://www.lyricsondemand.com/b/beatleslyrics/foolonthehilllyrics.html