The whole point of “going native” is that the familiar Western civilization is portrayed as inauthentic, ugly, broken, flawed.
We know this dirty little secret of civilization theoretically—cynicism about everything is our American meat and milk.
If you thought qualifications for being a hermit were a tendency toward solitude and dislike of civilization, think again.
We have the foundations, the civilization, the vital forces that make it possible for us to achieve these dreams.
Rousseau maintained that humans are peaceful in their natural state; wars result from the corrupting influences of civilization.
His shafts were always aimed at that which passes for the highest in American civilization.
The extravagances of fashion run through all grades of civilization.
civilization has made but few marks on its far-flung plains.
They satisfy their interests as well as they can and the result is the stage of civilization.
He was a connecting link between barbarism and civilization.
1704, "law which makes a criminal process civil," from civilize + -ation. Sense of "civilized condition" first recorded 1772, probably from French civilisation, to be an opposite to barbarity and a distinct word from civility. Sense of a particular human society in a civilized condition, considered as a whole over time, is from 1857. Related: Civilizational.