My definition of civilization is below.
"The country of Bhutan’s emphasis on GNH, or 'Gross National Happiness,'dates back to 1972 when King Jigme Singye Wangchuck coined the term. And they back it with a Gross National Happiness Commission set up in 2008 to guide public policy. Here are a few examples of how the commission reviews public policy proposals. Do proposals:
- Increase or decrease levels of stress in the population?
- Discourage or encourage physical exercise?
- Increase or decrease “economic security within the population”?
- Increase or decrease “material well-being within the population”?
Their prime minister explained to a reporter from The Guardian:
'In the end, the development must be about furthering human civilization … to increase and improve the level of human well-being and happiness. We are talking of happiness, not of a sensory kind. The human being has material as well as emotional, psychological, and spiritual needs.'"
What would the US capitalism look like if these were our guiding principles? How truly civil-ized.