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Howdy everyone, Buliwif here with more nonsense to think about.

So the other day the Shadow posted a blog about paradoxes of humanity. This got me thinking about a large human paradox that has always fascinated me.... The paradox called human "civilization"

Wiktionary defines "Civilization" as 1 - Human society, or the system of society whose facilities are understood. 2 - The act or process of civilizing or becoming civilized. 3 - The state or quality of being civilized. Wiktionary defines "civilized" as 1- Having a highly developed society or culture. 2 - Showing evidence of moral and intellectual advancement; humane, reasonable, ethical. 3 - Marked by refinement in taste and manners.

Would you agree with these definitions? How is it that I could claim civilization as a paradox? Well, let's look at what is considered the hight of civilization nowadays, namely the large cultural centers, i.e big cities... Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, etc. etc. as compared to small towns which could be considered "less refined" by today's standards. Ask someone from said small town how many people they know in town... Now ask someone from any big city how many people they know from the edge of town.... Three blocks over... in their own apartment building... Their next door neighbors! Odds are that even though those big cities are teeming with life, the big city person's list of people will be substantially smaller than the small town person. In fact, chances are that the big city person is outright afraid to say hi to someone on the street! Why do you think that is?

The reason for that, in my opinion, is what I like to consider the single greatest Human Paradox ever! You see humans, by nature, are savagely territorial. They choose their area and they guard it with their lives. Get too close and they snap. The problem with this, and this is where the paradox comes in, is that humans crave companionship. They instinctively group together for security and comfort... Yet as they group closer together, they begin to become withdrawn and antisocial... it's a vicious cycle...

Take a look at the violent crime rates between large cities and small towns. Do you think the difference is due to the fact that the populations of those cities are so large that the odds are just higher that there would be more crime? Or is it simply that there's more crime because as people group closer together, they become more violent?

I'm no scientist (I just play one on the internet), but it doesn't take much to notice the correlation... The more you become civilized, the more savage you become. Paradox...

Of course I could just be blowing smoke out my posterior, But it's always been something that made me go hmmmm...

I think I'll go introduce myself to my neighbors...

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Comment by PrincessEricasWorld on January 9, 2009 at 10:39pm
i would like to go there.

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