Saturday, October 21, 2006

Thought for the Day IV – Toynbee Civilization

"Civilization is a movement and not a condition, a voyage and not a harbor." – Arnold Toynbee

I have a BA in Anthropology so culture and civilization are very interesting to me. I stated in an earlier post that I believe we now live in a worldwide civilization with many facets.

I think I like this definition. It may explain why all civilizations have fallen in the past. When they reach harbor they stop. They cease being a civilization.

I'm also interested in creating civilizations. In Sci-Fi and Fantasy authors often create what is referred to as their fictional Universe or World. I'm a member of a web group called Conculture that discusses constructed cultures. I think I'll share with you in this blog some of my ideas for some of my Concivilizations.


Anonymous said...

I don't know about anyone else, but it would be helpful to me if you used some phonetics w/some of these "unusual words. It's kind of like trying to decifer a Russian novel. Otherwise, I find the ideas thought provoking.

Thanks -


Inner Prop said...

Which unusual words? Most of the time in SciFi you don't put in definitions or pronunciation guide.

You can pronounce any words the way they're spelled unless stated otherwise.

Thanks for the comment.

Anonymous said...

Okay, I'm just new to this SciFi stuff. I'll work on it, though.