Attaining Civilisation: The Twenty First Century Challenge to Humanity

Peter B. GiblettStarred Page By Peter B. Giblett, 23rd Jul 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/1cmr520-/
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You consider yourself civilised, the truth is the vast majority of us do wherever we live in the world. Can we call our society civilised? This is truly a challenging question. In truth we do not live in a civilised world today, but there is no reason why it cannot become civilised in the future.

We Call Ourselves CIVILISED!

How dare we call our society a civilised one? We live in a world where there are divisions and hatred exist everywhere we look.

Despite more than four hundred years of human rights we can look today at a world that has been at war all but 18 days since the end of World War Two, look around and you will see children in Africa being used on the front line fighting for control of a small section of land in a battle between two sects in which neither will win, even in the supposedly civilised world corruption seems abundant in the world of politics, yet we depend on these people to mould and build our society and more often than not they turn right around and stab us in the back, all they ever wanted was to line their own pockets.

The last pope, Benedict XVI, in a speech once quoted Emperor Manuel II Paleologos of the Byzantine Empire - the Orthodox Christian - which said: "Show me just what Muhammad brought that was new and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached" clearly a leader with bias and hatred in his heart prepared to attack the teachings of Islam in the defence of Christianity at a time when our world needed more understanding and more unity.

A Century of Hate!

If you look back over the last hundred years there is plenty of evidence that we are not civilised at all, just think about Nazi rule and the holocaust in 1930s Germany, the killing fields in Cambodia, Idi Amin's murderous rule in Uganda during the 1970s, Robert Mugabe's murder and violation of human rights even today in Zimbabwe. These can only be just a highlight of this past period and each reader could bring to mind probably another dozen examples of regimes that have taken pleasure in trampling on the rights of others and in some respects it may be seen as easy to comment on this from just outside Toronto in the peaceful land of Canada, yet Canada has its own human rights violations, particularly in regards to its native peoples and all he apologies in the world will not erase the memories for those impacted.

Need for The World to be Viewed as a Whole

During the past fifty years it has become clearer and clearer that this world functions somewhat in unity, it is true that here are differences between nations, yet on the whole we are able to work together on a great many things, the creation of organisations like the United Nations, the World Health Organization and the European Union are all signs that we are capable of working together, indeed the ups and downs of the world economy over recent years shows that the world is intricately linked and that in and of itself is a clear indication that we should be working together now more than ever before. There will continue to be differences that is inevitable, after all there are 196 different countries in the world each having their own traditions and belief structures, yet through all of this it is always possible to find common goals, he challenge is one of having the right leadership, a leadership that is able to bring about positive change and the problem is today many of the leaders that control society today seem to want to stand in the way of progress, they have become the devil incarnate and need to be swept aside in order for any progress to happen.

Are we Simply Children in the Schoolhouse?

Can we take our place amongst the civilised peoples of this universe? This is an intriguing question that deserves to be answered, but the truth is if we cannot in truth call ourselves civilised then what are we? Certainly we have elements that any truly civilised society could be proud of, such as great universities, the Olympic games and other great movements. At the same time how proud can we be when an able person cannot attend the further education they need for advancement because they are unable to pay for the course they wish to attend, in a truly civilised society money would not enter the equation the need for advancement and the ability to achieve should in themselves be enough.

Are we simply children in the schoolhouse just scratching the surface of literary, scientific, and technical knowledge? It has been suggested that "when you give a child a loaded gun, do they not ‘play’ with it, and shoot it off, harming one and all whom are standing around" and that is the level of human society, indeed it is true that our society needs to grow and evolve in order to make sane and rational decisions about how to best use the technologies we have available to us, just because we can do something does not mean we MUST do it indeed we should be making choices that are good for the long term benefit of humanity, not for the short-term monetary gain of a few individuals.

Indeed just because we personally act wise a times or even do the right thing from time to time does not mean that our society has become wise, certain influential individuals have wisdom and not society as a whole.

Money: Best and Worst of Society

In many respects it is money hat is amongst the greatest dividers in society, it divides those that have from those that do not and it is some members of the former group that consider themselves great and the later group irrelevant, simply because they HAVE.

Both Christ and Mohammed cautioned about the evil money brings yet both Christian and Islamic society today are capitalistic in nature and of course capitalism is all about the power of money, indeed the collapse of the world banking system leaves the world economies crippled today, not something that a civilised society would allow.

Truth is we need money to do anything in this world, yet money is misspent by government, not invested by corporations, and hoarded by the greedy, not actions of a civilised world.

Attaining Civilisation?

The quest for civilisation should be one that is a firm part of our agenda as we proceed through the twenty-first century, it will include:

  • Well organized or ordered
  • Leaving behind he need for money
  • Having a moral system
  • having an advanced or humane culture
  • Providing a better lifestyle
  • Being enlightened
  • Being polite and refined in spite of all problems faced

In part civilisation is about building an organized society rather than a disorganized one (and certainly the economic crash of 2008 show how disorganised our current society is), making sure it is not anarchistic (in the way that we move from crash to boom and crash again), or primitive (and included here is the need for members of society to act contrary to normal decency - the desire of the psychopath to commit horrific murder is a primitive response.

Do we need to start again? No instead we need to make adjustments to how we view society. We have developed technology to a level where people are no longer needed in the manufacturing process, but to make that step would leave millions without work, yet in reality we need to change from being a part of the production line to being thought leaders and that is a gigantic step to be taken, but perhaps only by doing so can we move from a greed based society to a civilised one.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
23rd Jul 2013 (#)

Brilliant article Peter - so well thought out and presented. Thank you.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
24th Jul 2013 (#)

civilisation is fast disappearing because people forget about responsibility and doing good...thank you Peter for a most enlightening article...

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author avatar Mariah
23rd Jul 2013 (#)

Well thought out article indeed
Another major problem which inhibits civilised society is the presence of hypocrisy in all walks of life.
Too many preach but don't practice civility within their own communities, let alone extend tolerance and respect for the religious and political beliefs of others.
As in all aspects of truly attaining a civilised society, actions speak so much louder than words.
Mariah

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author avatar Rania, Jamie & Reni
24th Jul 2013 (#)

Dear friend, Peter, you are on the right track and a system based upon a purchase/order criteria will in time replace the old money system.

One cannot change a system which is old, unworkable, and degraded. That system will be thrown right out and the next set up by a group of twenty-four enlightened men and women.

Your article was interesting and well thought out, and we enjoyed every minute of it.

You are so correct, Mohammad was a prophet who taught unity among both men and women and insisted the men treat the women not only as equals, but indeed, as upholding their gender as extraordinary in bearing the human race.

We appreciated the quote from Captain James Galiac Sananda.

Rania and Jamie

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author avatar Reni Sentana-Ries
24th Jul 2013 (#)

Thank you, Peter, for writing this article. Are we civilized? Individually yes, collectively no. Can mankind pull itself out of the mess an upper selfish ruling class coaxed it into? No, not without painful intervention by those who sway technological power over elites in control of the world's militaries.

Will a correction of our pathetic situation of bondage to the "few" who control society's destination come? Yes. Will the process to mankind's final healing be painless? No, it will be violent, but not via atomic bombs, and the seed for a new beginning will be people of ethics, love, understanding, enlightenment, selflessness, unreligious, and non-political.

The reason I say all this is to let you know that I don't believe mankind can evolve under present conditions of economics and finance and politics, for it requires a forceful removal of money power first, and that will just not happen without a violent shaking of mother earth's surface and a complete annihilation of the wicked who would not enter the evacuation ships when they were given the opportunity to do so.

The New Era will simply be formed by a society of righteous people with no selfish elites found among them any more.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
24th Jul 2013 (#)

Reni I agree wholeheartedly with your comments...thank you

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
24th Jul 2013 (#)

This definitely sounds like the rumblings towards a One World Order ....in all aspects of Politics, Religion and Finance to me ..
Many blessings
Stella

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author avatar Reni Sentana-Ries
24th Jul 2013 (#)

Hi, Stella, good to hear from you again. If your comment is a reply to mine and not one to Peter's article, then let me say this much: When Jesus drove the money changers out of the temple, he virtually proposed a New World Order. The idea of a New World Order was then adopted by elite personages who had gained control over the nations of the world with their money-trick, and who then passed their desire for a set-up of their notion on to the politicians of the day (notably Bush Snr.) howbeti theirs was a distorted version from what Jesus Christ was teaching, one which they hoped to fully achieve by leaving their financial system intact.

Now we have merely gone back to the original version of the "New World Order" which was proposed over 2000 years ago and say unequivocally and with full determination that we will not tolerate the presence of any money system inside the New World we are trying to build, for all manifestations of evil comes from the presence of money.

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author avatar Retired
24th Jul 2013 (#)

Great article, Peter!

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
24th Jul 2013 (#)

Stella, I have always believed that society should be using people's abilities and that everybody is a leader at something, trouble is society as it is structured today does not allow certain people to develop to their full potential.

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author avatar Retired
24th Jul 2013 (#)

An intelligent article. Thank you

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author avatar Grumpybear
24th Jul 2013 (#)

Indeed there is a fine line between sensibility and sense and we must go on with sense for sensibility will carry you over into lawlessness if not checked. We must see that we do what is right by looking for the logical and check our reasoning with a firm grasp of sense. :)

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
24th Jul 2013 (#)

Great post, Peter. We reap what we sow. A society is graded by how it treats its most unfortunate. I feel the media is the main culprit as it shoves its misplaced agenda down the throats of hapless citizens. They are owned by special interest groups and the rich. They hardly highlight the sacrifices of the common citizens. When I look around I see nine out of ten are short-changed by the privileged one. This leaves a bad taste in our mouths and divides society.

Then the misplaced priorities of countries. The majority poor have only one enemy - poverty. But their leaders, to suit own ends, portray other countries as enemies but they also have the majority poor who want to be left alone! This leads to making weapons of mass destruction and plain hypocrisy - only we can have them - how dare you aspire to eye them?

The only way is for us to treat others better than we like to be treated. I have been working in the finance field all my life and know how the rich live and think - as if the poor does not exist. I am greeted with gusto by the poorest while the rich do not appear to see anyone other than their own ilk! I feel the awareness to treat others as equal should spread like wildfire before we can become civilized. Now we are shrouded in hypocrisy - some lives are expendable!

And let us not fight over many Gods. We should know by now there can be only one Creator or they are working in perfect harmony! They can defend themselves - we are too insignificant in the whole scheme of things to take up the cudgels on their behalf! siva

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author avatar Buzz
24th Jul 2013 (#)

Great article, Peter. Thanks for the insight. Let me just reply to Siva-ji, a dear friend.

Siva, dear friend,

Humankind even at this level of their existence are not "insignificant" at all. For if they were, the starship commanders would not bother with this world and its inhabitants, and the Mancharians, the Creator as being in the ONEness of all Creation, would not come to teach "their children."

Have a wonderful day!

Rania and Jamie

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
25th Jul 2013 (#)

Thank you dear Jamie, Buzz, for your kind words. My main issue is - few feel it fit to defend their Gods by sacrificing their own lives or even taking others' in the bargain! They think they will even attain heaven with perquisites to go with it more associated with earthly pursuits!!! Thereby they orphan their own families. Individually we should mind own business first than get carried away to lose it all. But I know and am also aware that there is a higher purpose to life - siva

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author avatar M G Singh
24th Jul 2013 (#)

Its a nice post Peter. But the world has gone on for 4000 years like this and I don't see any change in the future.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
24th Jul 2013 (#)

I do beg to differ Mr Singh. The current state of the world is little more than 400 years old and itself came about only after revolutionary movements overthrew the old Feudal order.

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author avatar Trillionaire
28th Jul 2013 (#)

Thanks.

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