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Civilization is the name we humans like to give to ourselves because we think we’re such a sophisticated bunch. But let’s be honest, we’re just a bunch of well-dressed monkeys with smartphones.

According to historians, our civilization began around 5,000 years ago when humans started building fancy buildings and making written records. But really, civilization probably started the moment someone figured out they could light a fire without burning down the entire village.

Civilization has come a long way since then, and now we have indoor plumbing, diet fads, and reality TV. We’ve built towering skyscrapers and launched rockets into space, yet we still can’t seem to get along with each other.

Our so-called civilization is filled with all kinds of contradictions. We preach equality and justice, yet we still have slavery and discrimination. We glorify peace, yet we wage war. We say we want to save the planet, yet we keep polluting it.

Despite our many flaws, civilization has given us some pretty impressive achievements. We’ve created amazing works of art and literature, developed life-saving technologies, and even landed on the moon. But let’s not forget that we’ve also invented the electric chair and the Snuggie.

In the end, whether we like it or not, civilization is a reflection of who we are as a species. It’s messy, unpredictable, and often downright ridiculous. But hey, at least we can laugh about it. After all, laughter is what makes us human. Or is it just a good cover-up for our inadequacies? Either way, it’s better than nothing.