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Civilized. Past participle, past tense of civ·i·lize.
Verb: Bring (a place or people) to a stage of social, cultural, and moral development considered to be more advanced: "a civilized society".
Polite and well-mannered.
A few days ago I went swimming early in the morning. While there I started to look around, as I usually do, and I found myself surprised by how many living things are around us and we don't even notice them. Think about it: Living Things. Around us.
Without taking into account all the grass, trees and plants, in just a matter of minutes I saw a dog, at least five different kinds of small birds, a cat chasing one of those birds, three different kinds of butterflies, ants, flies, mosquitoes, some pigeons, a lizard, a ladybug, a spider, snails, a centipede... All of them minding their own business (well, except the cat), cohabiting right outside my apartment, in the middle of the city.
It is estimated that at any given time there are a billion billion (that's eighteen zeroes) insects living out there. That is roughly 750 per square foot. Now to them all the mammals, the birds, fish, mollusks (did you know Snails were mollusks? I never thought about it before)... and you still want to go outside your apartment?
Yet we don't even notice, and they are all living in harmony, fulfilling their very specific role in Nature and not worrying about work, money or fighting one another. Remind me again, why do we consider ourselves superior to them?
"I believe in God, only I spell it Nature. ~Frank Lloyd Wright, quoted, 14 August 1966"
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