I think it is a little opportunistic to call America a civilisation, the Romans, The Greeks, The Byzantines, The Aztecs, and The Bedouin were/are, not America yet, by any stretch of the imagination. Even the English and French have not reached that yet; I cannot see how America can have.
I hope this post was a joke.
Perhaps if we are looking at your pride. But no, it was not a joke, America is not a civilisation, nor is the UK, nor is any of Europe at this stage, the closest thing to a civilisation in this region are, by definition of the word civilisation, todays Scandinavians.
Well if it's not a joke, then it's probably one of the stupidest things I've ever seen posted on this board. I'd be curious to know what your definition of a civilization is. Â The generally accepted definition is a society in an advanced state of development, marked by progress in the arts and sciences, written language, and complex legal and political systems. Let's look at some of the "civilisations" which you consider superior to the US and the UK: The Aztecs: a culture built around human sacrifice. The Romans: a bellicose and bloodthirsty people whose primary achievements in the arts were stolen or copied from the Greeks. The Bedouins: a bunch of primitive desert nomads. The Byzantine Empire: Â a period of 1200 years dominated by religious conflict and with almost no advances in the arts or sciences. The Greeks are the only civilization you mentioned who are comparable to the US or modern Europe, and their glory years only lasted about 150 years (500-350 BC). Â The Romans were certainly a civilization, and the Aztecs probably fit the basic criteria, but to claim any of these cultures are more of a civilization than the US is just silly.