Towards Greater Civilization
"A human society having an advanced stage of development in the arts and sciences and social, political, and cultural diversity."

The final installment of this year's civilization series is a prophecy that I as well as any other student of pragmatic intelligence can make. It is a statement of the result of a thought experiment; a simulation, so to speak, that places civilization as a force against two of societyís most difficult problems. Civilization is a force that works against problem number one, crime, and problem number two, war. These two events are actions taken by people who, for one reason or another, give up civilized behavior and get involved in actions that destroy the safety and security of others. No one has ever been able to justify crime for any reason, because it is actions taken against the social civil consciousness and the very laws that this consciousness causes to be derived. The proof of civilizationís existence is in the laws that describe our boundaries and encourage civilized behavior. These laws are found everywhere there are people. As time progresses, they are becoming more homogenous from place to place on Earth. A single common view of civilization is emerging, and everyone is contributing to its evolution. In light of this evolution, I predict that crime will perish against the growing tidal wave of civilized thought. There shall be no room in the minds of civilized people to create notions of criminal behavior, and no one will find any criminal act more desirable than an act concordant with the prevailing civilization.

Problem number two for civilization is war. This is a much more difficult problem for civilization, because it exists in a land between honorable behavior and savagery. War has evaded the force of civilization because, at times, it appears to be a prime mover of civilization. History has been written in a way that credits war with advancing civilization. If this is true, then war is sowing the seeds of its own eventual demise. Logically speaking, as civilization takes hold in more places in the world, war begins to appear to be less and less necessary. The ways to resolve conflicts without resorting to war begins to make more sense and they seem to be more possible to people and to nations of people. War is not going to survive the process of civilization in the world. Even if there is not an eternal, lasting peace here, there shall still no longer be war because other more civilized means of resolving conflicts will be chosen.

In the final analysis, we see that civilization will bring an end to crime and to war. The possibility that every child nurtured in our world will be given a civilized mind that he and she can keep for the entirety of their lives is going to be realized through civilization. No more conspiracies designed to strip children of their civilized minds will be formed, and no more acts of nurturing anything other than civilized thoughts in the minds of children and adults alike will be done. We are the vehicles of our own salvation in this adventure we are calling life. We will build nearly perfect societies from the foundations of one of our most precious discoveries: the civilized society of mankind.

December 31, 2003

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