The value of civilization lies in its ability to minimize the burden of having to attend to survival-related pursuits. A CIVILIZED SOCIETY is one in which life-sustaining necessities can be taken for granted, so that its inhabitants can turn to other pursuits - the pursuits of choice.
AN UNCIVILIZED SOCIETY is one where people live in constant fear of losing the means of sustenance. In such a society, they are locked into a never-ending quest for ever-greater material security. Regardless of how successful they may be, they always face the possibility of losing it all and conceivably not surviving. Thus they can never feel secure.
Under such circumstances, nothing is done solely for its own sake. All decisions are made subject to the overriding pragmatic considerations. No real choice, such as may stem from unmolested subjective preferences, can ever be exercised.
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