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Civilization is a defining characteristic of humanity however it is probably one of the least redeeming Civilization is how we function as a society and our cognizance of appropriate behaviorAs much as we prize civilization and a civilized demeanor we forget the background of our existence as a whole Man is no more than satellite floating on an aimless unchangeable coarse from birth to death Why is it that being civilized or uncivilized matters In the story Blue Winds Dancing by Tom Whitecloud civilization is addressed From this text one can see the many downfalls of civilization and if Whitecould s words stand to prove anything they prove that civilization makes a man a shallow conformist In the Narrator s reflection in the beginning of the story he makes mention of conforming results of civilization Being civilized means trying to do everything you don t want to never doing what you want to The Narrator s journey to Wisconsin is considered for the most part an uncivilized act yet that was what he wanted to do No one considers train hoping across the country an act of a modernly civilized person yet what is wrong with doing it The problem is it does not conform to the established sense of civilization Moreover a person can be outcast from society because of his failure to comply with the ideals of civilization This is the case with the bums in the story They pay the price for being free of civilization What makes them bums is the sense of civilization in the story The narrator s view of this sense is that it gives a man freedom to want only a woman work and a house Consequently this leaves a man with a rather shallow existence In other words man is robbed the freedom of desire by the empathy of civilization The story itself is based upon the conception of civilization The narrator travels from
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