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David Kim Mr. Badgley September 25, 2008 “Is the World Civilized?” Global The world is based upon a series of complex thoughts and ideas that intertwine with one another. The idea of connotations and associations of words can be brought about by the idea of right and wrong. To ask “Is the World Civilized” means to ask if the ones who control it, are civilized. For one to be “civilized,” he/she needs to be part of the system of a civilization and help it continue; from that point of reference,
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  David Kim                                       GlobalMr. BadgleySeptember 25, 2008“Is the World Civilized?”The world is based upon a series of complex thoughts and ideas that intertwine with oneanother.  The idea of connotations and associations of words can be brought about by the idea of right and wrong.  To ask “Is the World Civilized” means to ask if the ones who control it, arecivilized.  For one to be “civilized,” he/she needs to be part of the system of a civilization andhelp it continue; from that point of reference, the world is civilized.A civilization must have the follow traits: cities, writing, advanced technology, complexinstitutions, and dependence.  Cities are necessary in a civilization because they provide acenter of trade and allow for population growth.  If people produce offspring, they are helpingthe city’s population; therefore helping the civilization.  The second trait a civilization must haveis writing.  Writing permits asynchronous communication and leads to the development of complex thought.  Writing can serve as a means for anything, from financial records tomagazines.  The third trait, advanced technology, is the application of science that improves, oradvances a civilization.  A civilization also needs complex institutions, which are long lastingpatterns of an organization which include the specialization of workers.  The last trait,dependence is the major key to a civilization, whether it is internal or external.  A civilizationcannot function without the help/aid of neighboring countries or the workers within thecivilization.   As long as a person helps the civilization continue and does nothing to hurt it, theyare considered civil.  Only then can that person use the features of the civilization.The world is civilized if its inhabitants act accordingly with the norms set by society.Hammurabi’s code invokes the principle of retaliation, “an eye for an eye,” which would be  considered absurd in the modern world.  If society advocates studying is pointless, then thosewho are in opposition are less civilized or uncivilized.  Today society deems murder as a badthing; Hitler murdered millions all over the world so he is considered uncivilized.  Like the timesof Hammurabi, the world is organized and most lands have laws governing them.  If a persondoes something uncivil, he will be tested in court and judged from there; these trials are seen inthe Civil Rights Movement.  It was considered uncivil when Rosa Parks refused to give up herseat to a white person.  Only after society allowed it was it considered civil.  The concept of goodprevailing over evil brought by Zoroastrianism could be quickly reversed if society deemed it so.As civilizations change, the accepted values of “civil” change.People who say that the world is uncivilized have this misconception of civil meaning rightand perfect and they are clearly misunderstood.  In the movie “Pleasantville,” the characters livein a utopia, which would be the perfect example of civil for those who live in a visionary land, butthis is impossible.  Even in Pleasantville, the characters change their ways, and “civil” takes on anew meaning.  In a utopia, man is completely pure and free of evil.  No one would fit avisionary’s terms of a “civilized world.”  Even Shakespeare says in his poem, “civil hands makecivil hands unclean.”  During his time, people who were committing wrongs were still consideredcivil.  A “perfect civil” is analogous to Santa Claus – they don’t exist.“Civil” has many connotations, and it’s meaning changes as society does.  A person’s“civility” can be matched by the laws of society; from there will their actions be judged as rightor wrong.  As the saying goes, “We are born princes and the civilizing process makes us frogs.”Although I am worried about our future, I can say with validity that our world is civilized.
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