The great ancient civilizations were created by noble people. Just like societies are made by people and cultures are kept alive through the future generations of a community, it requires exalted minds to promote an entire world-view around which human beings can center their lives. Humanity is the essence of civilization. They created great cultures and turned the world into the fascinating museum it is today.
Human beings live and always have lived in a multi-civilizational world, full of diversified interaction between human cultures. In ancient times, trade links and conquests formed the basis for inter-civilizational contact. Today, it is easier to share knowledge about these dealings, and the rise and fall of civilizations. This is because our world has become smaller in terms of accessibility and awareness about people and places.
There is no such thing as an uncivilized culture because it is all a matter of interpretation of world-views. Hence, no civilization is better than the other because whether it was the Mesopotamian, Chinese, Egyptian Nile Valley, Indus Valley, Greco-Roman, Mayan or any other significant civilization, they all have contributed to the socio-cultural, politico-economic evolution of humanity. Therefore, in our diversities is our strength, in our shared beliefs the common ground for cross-civilizational discourse and thus the meeting of cultures in peace. In so saying, civilization and culture are distinct, yet inseparable. They are like the pea in the pod, in symbiosis with each other.
It is through the search for knowledge and by unraveling the secrets of the past that we are able to understand our origins, the present and our identity. Most importantly, these discoveries can help us become better human beings. They give us courage to forge friendships with others and getting to know others as we know ourselves, hence, reducing fear of the unknown. This is one way to celebrate civilization. Another way to celebrate civilization is to share your knowledge with others and create platforms for people to come together as professionals, researchers and academics, but most importantly, as friends. Friendships create harmony between human beings. Inter-cultural friendships create familiarity and harmony between nations. This is how peace prevails in the world. This is also the finest way to celebrate civilization.
In light of the above, I cannot help thinking about archeologists contributions in uncovering the heritage of Man and to the study of civilizations. In this connection, Pakistan’s historical and archeological past renders it as one of the world’s breeding ground of civilizations. Inter-disciplinary research collaborations between archeologists, historians and linguists have facilitated discoveries of ancient secrets, in order to better understand our present. Moreover, the ideal connection between the past and present is the youth of any society. Nonetheless, this social segment needs role models to give them a platform to express themselves and make their presence felt in a world of inter-civilizational discourses and clashes. Given the right encouragement our thoughts should lead to action and create better world, if not for ourselves, at least for the future generations to come.