As the identity of the individual members of something become eroded, the parent; whose identity is the sum of that of all of its members, eventually becomes indistinct, irrelevant, invisible.
From the point of view of those who would call themselves Civilised, such could be said of the pillars of Civilisation.
The opposites to those pillars have retained our attention, regaling us with graphic details of their inhumanities.
In this age of an eroded view of Civilisation, we must remember what it means, and what it comprises.
This “Routes to Barbarism” series of essays is an effort, in the absence of a clear view of Civilisation, to reconstruct the definition of what Civilisation is, what it is not, and what practices lead to the opposite.