In the last times I have usually prefered to read posts rather than participating, but now I have decided to present a subject in a extended way in order to initiate a debate, if you deem it interesting. That’s why I have written an article, which you can read on the forum ("articles") section.
The intention of this article is to introduce a new insight into the traditional concept of civilization, facing the mainstream vision to a different approach based not on describing or interpreting historical facts, but on the actual human behaviour throughout the ages. In this article I explain that civilization is traditionally supposed to be a huge step in human development, as a result of material, scientific and technological evolution of human communities, from the primitive age of hunter-gatherers or early farmers to our complex 21st century world. This conventional view comes directly from the evolutionist paradigm of the triumph of the “civilized” man over the “savage” man. In short, civilization is usually considered as progress, since the modern man has a sophisticated life full of comfort, material goods and technology, yet sometimes ignoring the high price he has to pay for it.
However, my vision points out the fact that human condition (in terms of attitude or ethics) has not improved at all since the times of the ancient kings and emperors, as we are living in an unbalanced world with wars, opression, poverty, famine, corruption and all kind of odds. In this context, many people may feel confused as they don’t know the real destination of civilization, particulary when some trends indicate that the Western world is running to a situation of collapse. Thus, as some alternative authors have claimed, this would be not real civilization but barbarism in many aspects, because there are no spiritual values behind the egotistic crazy world of these days. Needless to say, it's obvious that primitive people may have violent behaviour too. So it's not about comparing cultures, but about focusing in the responsibility of the civilized world.
I know this approach embraces many fields of discussion, so I hope you may find some interesting ideas about this vision of history. I’m looking forward to hearing from your opinions.
Thank you in advance.