At first glance the lesson of the Tower of Babel story is if everyone is not coordinated, the tower cannot be built. There is a bigger lesson to be learned.
Why is it important to understand what civilization is? Because you cannot improve or cope with something unless you know what it is and what actually is causing it.
What is as ubiquitous as air and influences your entire life?
Answer: The Control System.
The Control system is 6,000 to 10,000 years old. It began as the Agricultural Revolution. The Agricultural or Neolithic Revolution has been mislabeled essentially on purpose. If it were correctly titled as the Power Revolution, there would be social unrest.
Civilized people have thoughts today that would never be considered by the previous 99.9% of human generations. I do not mean clever thoughts of science, but the thoughts that prevent civilization from coexisting with nature and living in peace with each other.