Early Civilization Compared to Modern Day America

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Early civilization shared similar common features, because all of these societies were under the same pressures. Their whole purpose was survival as it is to this day. Each societies main focus was to become established, stay in one place provide food, shelter and protection for their families. Early civilizations materialize along rivers, because rivers supplied a continuous and dependable supply of water for farming and human consumption. Agriculture today has had an enormous benefit on today’s society, there are now more farmers growing organic fruits and vegetables because the realize the great health benefits organic foods have on human consumption, providing less risk of pesticides and or chemicals on their food. These rivers along with climate and vegetation shaped the development of the early river valley civilizations. However, while people of these civilizations were dependent on the rivers for food, the rivers also inspired new ideas, technological, and economic innovations and developments. This opened up ways for travel and to explore, it also offered the opportunity for growth and new beginnings. Agriculture played an important part in their growth, and they found that by staying in one place, this would ensure family survival while keeping them together. Areas where agriculture grew and civilization prospered the communities productions did as well enabling them to move into cities and expand. This in turn led them to develop and advance into so many different areas, and the more they developed the more they grew, with that they realized they needed to secure and to protect their Family, property and wealth from unwanted outsiders , and in order to this they needed to establish law and order. Mesopotamia left a number of important cultural legacies for Western civilization. One of these legacies was various legal codes developed by a succession of Mesopotamian rulers. Most notably as Hammurabi. Early civilization instilled family values with respect and dignity, which taught families the importance of working together these values have an enormous affect on today’s societies as well families with good upbringing allows them to learn and carry out tradition and pass these customs from generation to generation. Although we have come a long way from early civilization and our ancestors, not much has really changed. We still all face similar issues from our religious beliefs, government policies to the importance of education. Early civilization only the wealthy were really given an opportunity to at an education although some things have changed in today’s society it sort of similar for example we have more chances at an education but yet the ivy leagues schools are very difficult to attend even with student loans the cost of schooling has just sky rocketed out of control forcing families to settle for a less expensive education. The only difference is that our customs allow us to separate ourselves from one other to become our own people in our own town, village, state or country. Civilization then knew their regions and used it to work to their advantage. There are regions here today facing difficult conditions and find it hard to just survive each day due to either climate or natural disasters destroying everything they own and worked for yet they are able to survive and come back strong. Back then, early civilization has had limited means of survival from foraging for food to stressful conditions, and yet survived with overwhelming odds. I believe today’s societies have lost quite a bit of their heritage and seems to weaken from generation to generation and unless families chose to practice and preserve their traditions they will be lost. For example, people today take so much for granted and are less appreciative as to how much they have, back in earlier civilization they only had rations of food to eat maybe one decent meal a day and were probably happier then because they did...
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