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The advancement of civilization

There was a time when infant exposure was acceptable.

There was a time when enslaving a fellow human being was big business.

There was a time when women couldn't vote.

There was a time when it was illegal to go inside a certain restaurant because of the color of your skin.

These weren't practices of barbaric states. They were from so-called civilized nations. Educated people went along with it because it was "the way it was."

But the way it is doesn't mean things are ok now.

I once saw a webpage of a company that brags about how many millions of heads of cattle, pigs, and chickens it processed. Not surprisingly it treats its workers in similar barbaric fashion based on published employee reviews.

It's still quite acceptable to imprison people who speak out against their own government. But most us don't care. We still do business with them. We still buy the products made in those abusive countries. We even have social-conscious athletes and celebrities hawking their wares made in those very countries.

And it's still considered a norm to drop bombs and launch missiles, causing even more anger and resentment on the people we are trying to stop. Those bombs and missiles ain't cheap. They might be smart bombs and missiles but the people launching them certainly aren't.

Civilization might have come a long way. But it still has a long way to go. ☮


  1. "Civilization might have come a long way. But it still has a long way to go. ☮"

    Civilization, both in the East and in the West, is failing to ADAPT in a positive way to the rapid change both in climate and population, which will, unfortunately, in the not to distant bring about a disastrous "double whammy." Advances in technology such as the internet are not going to save us. As a matter of fact, it is making matters even worse as individual judgment, so necessary in the quest for "peace on earth," is being forced into a secondary role.


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