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Tony Kellerhuis Definition paper 4-4-2002 Civilized We are starting to witness the beginning of a new era full of information and technology and it will help develop the future Despite all the new inventions and ideas which indicate how far advanced people have become versus the past has society grown in other ways Does being civilized only mean to become more advanced technologically or does it also apply to morals Obviously society has developed learning and technology to the extremes Today inventions such as the computer and nuclear power plants have come into play Things which were never imagined long ago yet easily obtained today Machines alleviate us from a lot of hard work which was completed by hand so in this sense society has become more civilized On the other hand not all the technology used nowadays improves society Many specialized weapons have been produced to kill large quantities of people Such as machine guns and nuclear weapons Many people have to live in constant fear of these extremely dangerous weapons while others use them for protection We still have as many wars as in the past but new technology used helps bring about more casualties Could this be crueler than our ancestors Besides the wars society has not grown in understanding others Prejudice around today seems more prevalent Many hate groups like the KKK are still around today and a large group of new ones have come into being In the past when our country became a civilization there were prejudices just because people were different Over 100 years later people havent changed much and prejudice prevails making one wonder if we have become civilized yet Technically we have become civilized People travel across the country in a few hours and emails fly wirelessly every second We think becoming civilized means creating newer and better inventions than there were in the past making us think we have become more civilized
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