Firstly, I question the term 'civilization'. Much of what goes on in the world is not so civilized. Historically any attempt to homogenizes people has failed. I would much prefer to view people as just individuals and groups making their way through life. Its the 'How' is important. There is enough suffering in the world by inadvertence so if we become more conscious of how we interact with others we can then be more harmonious. Change is inevitable, but we play a huge part in nature and rate of change.