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.
Besides recycling what can we do that makes the biggest difference for a better world? Hint: Recycling is not on the list.
The business as usual period of society that we grew up in is beginning to come to a close. The change to a future we cannot see yet will be driven by winds of change.
Society is made up six concentric circles or rings all getting smaller and more enlightened as one moves inward. This is another way to look at enlightening.
First and larger than all of the other rings of society combined are TV watching zombies. They will live and die oblivious to the real world around them.