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What constitutes civilization?

Asked by RandomGirl (3352 points ) January 16th, 2013

What does the word civilization really mean?
Does technology represent civilization? Would we be considered civilized without it? What if we take a loose definition of the word technology – if electricity and running water were considered technology – would we think technology was a crucial part of civilization?
Is it our social system?
Is it our relationships with people? When we are civil to one another, does that mean we are civilized?
Is it the social standard of what’s accepted and what’s not that makes a civilization?
Is it more basic than that? Is it the mere presence of several people coexisting? If that’s the case, how many people does it take to be considered a civilization?
Is it something else?

In your opinion, what constitutes civilization?

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