November 18, 2008


I decided to write some reflections today about a topic that came up after class yesterday.

The topic is civilization. What exactly is civilization? America is modeled on Europe to see and understand this you just have to look at the names of America's cities like New York or New Brunswick, Athens, Bristol, Oxford, Memphis, Paris and more.

Why has the peoples who have immigrated to America tried to re-create the places they have come from? Why after trying to completely destroy the Native Americans, the people who were on this land first do they impose their own identities, past and ideals on the peoples of this country?

Below is a search of the Internet for the definition of civilization:

Definitions of civilization on the Web:

* a society in an advanced state of social development (e.g., with complex legal and political and religious organizations); "the people slowly ...
* the social process whereby societies achieve an advanced stage of development and organization
* culture: a particular society at a particular time and place; "early Mayan civilization"
* refinement: the quality of excellence in thought and manners and taste; "a man of intellectual refinement"; "he is remembered for his generosity and civilization"

* A civilization or civilization is a kind of human society or culture; specifically, a civilization is usually understood to be any type of culture, society, etc., of a specific place, time, or group. ...

* Civilization is a 1916 pacifist allegorical film about a submarine commander who refuses to fire at a civilian ocean liner supposedly carrying ammunition for his country's enemies. He sinks his submarine, but survives, and is taken by Jesus to Hell to see what devastation war can do. ... (film)

* "Civilization" is a popular song. (song)

* Civilization is an album by Vancouver industrial band Front Line Assembly, released in 2004. This album marks the return of Rhys Fulber after his departure in 1996. (album)

* Civilization is a series of turn-based strategy video games produced by Sid Meier. Basic gameplay functions are similar throughout the series, namely, guiding a civilization on a macro-scale from prehistory to the present day. The series has enjoyed long-lasting popularity. ... (series)

* Civilization: The Card Game is "an original tabletop card game [for 2 to 4 players] designed by Civilization IV lead designer Soren Johnson, featuring more than 250 custom cards and rules based on Civilization IV. ... (card game)

* Civilization is a board game designed by Francis Tresham, published in Britain in 1980 by Hartland Trefoil (later by Gibson Games), and in the US in 1981 by Avalon Hill. The game typically takes eight or more hours to play and is for two to seven players. ... (board game)

* "Civilization" is the 8th episode (production #109) of the television series ''''. (Enterprise)

* Sid Meier's Civilization is a turn based strategy computer game created by Sid Meier for MicroProse in 1991. The game's objective is " build an empire that would stand the test of time". ... (computer game)

* A stage or system of social, political or technical development of a large scale order encompassing several or many communities, often on the nation or people scale. (ancient civilisations; western civilisation; the Aztec civilisation. ...

* a degree of human social organization marked by the continual acquisition of new truth from the unknown and right from the chaotic, which in the ...

* In each section, civilizations are in danger of being destroyed, deteriorating, or already devastated.

* An economic engine built on ideas.

* Large coin hoards indicate the profits of raids and trade with the British Isles, Mediterranean, Byzantium, and Muslim Asia. Export of furs, slaves, arms (to eastern Europe), and mercenary services to rulers (eg, bodyguards of Ethelred, Canute, Slavic princes, Byzantine emperors). ...

* Generally understood as a more advanced form of organized life; civilizations usually have more complex forms of social, political, military, and ...

* Societies distinguished by reliance on sedentary agriculture, ability to produce food surpluses; and existence of nonfarming elites, as well as merchant and manufacturing groups. (p. 9)

* W ay of life that includes political states based on cities with dense populations, large buildings constructed for communal activities,diverse economies, a sense of a local identity, and some knowledge of writing.

* A culture with people who have settled in an area and worked together to build a society in which science, the arts, and a form of government are ...

* a complex society with a stable food supply, specialization of labor, a goverment, social levels, and a highly developed culture that includes art ...

* an urbanized society with a large very complex social

* Societies that have advanced culture including a political system, job specialization, written language, and complex religions

* s cannot exist without the ability to produce a reliable agricultural surplus. Civilizations are often defined by the amount of workforce ...

* games are a rare genre of RPGs in which the players either play an entire civilization, or play leaders of those societies. ...

* Term used to denote a society who has reached a level of development that includes producing excess food, building cities, establishing a government, and keeping written records.

To ask why or to reflect on this question one must ask whether we Native Americans were civilized upon the arrival of the Europeans I say that we were. We had societies who had a system of government.

Our system of government has been copied by the government of the United States. So who defines what civilization is?

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