Hence a certain tension between religion and society marks the higher stages of every civilization. Religion begins by offering magical aid to harassed and bewildered men; it culminates by giving to a people that unity of morals and belief which seems so favorable to statesmanship and art; it ends by fighting suicidally in the lost cause of the past.
Without the library, you have no civilization.
An angry artist tells people what (he thinks) they need to hear. A hungry artist tells people what (he thinks) they want to hear.
In its broad sense, civilization means not only comfort in daily necessities but also the refining of knowledge and the cultivation of virtue so as to elevate human life to a higher plane.
Famine was the mark of a maturing agricultural society, the very badge of civilization.
When people stargazing, they stare at stars,
and many other things which they’ve already
presumed commonly and universally as stars.
Shaving was invented to kill time before a date.
civilization is the very root cause of the woes of civilization
This law … defines the limits of competition in the community of life. You may compete to the full extent of your capabilities, but you may not hunt down your competitors or destroy their food or deny them access to food. In other words, you may compete but you may not wage war.
This civilization is the impact of the world’s consumption behavior.