“Civilization is vastly overrated.” (Patricia Briggs)
The lifestyle in prehistoric societies was very different to the lifestyle that existed in different civilizations. By definition, it is very much understood that civilization is well-organized when compared to the societies that existed before it.
Yes, most of the ancient or prehistoric civilizations have a very glorious history, where some of the most extraordinary empires of the world once existed. However everything about civilization is not that impressive.
These civilizations took away from us a lot of things which non-civilized people once enjoyed. We will study some of these things in the headings below.
It is not necessary that a civilization always defines a society and often results in a controlled behaviour. Civilization has its own gains and losses. When the Middle Eastern civilization was developed, the biggest drawback which it produced was distinction on the basis of social class. The reason behind this distinction was increasing wealth in the overall economy. The class distinction in a civilization is much higher compared to simpler societies. The gap between the rulers and ruled is much less or even non-existent in simple societies. This gap still exists today in our modern day civilization.
Inequality on the basis of gender is something which was first introduced to this world by civilization. Studying historical text tells us that this gap was non-existent in the societies that existed before civilizations. Furthermore, the notion that simpler societies of the past used to be barbaric is wrong. In fact, some of these societies were home to interesting and wonderful cultures. These societies were far away from aggressive behaviour. The known civilizations of the world, on the contrary, have shown aggressive behaviour time and again due to one reason or another. The modern day wars etc. are all result of this aggressive behaviour.
Below we have mentioned some serious drawbacks of civilizations. The points below will also tell you what civilization has taken away from us (which the old enjoyed).
The topic is huge and a lot can be discussed about it. Yes, civilization has many advantages as well. However, the aforementioned drawbacks are undeniable. These drawbacks have really made our lives pretty tough and, the way society is changing, it is very much evident that future man will be more stressed out and uneasy. As a society we need to think really hard about where we are heading. We need to learn from history and adopt the good things which these pre-historic societies applied in their lives. The task is gigantic and a combined effort is required in this regard.