Historically we have always divided ourselves into us vs. them, based on nationality, race, creed, classes, opinions etc. We have even killed each other in groups based on such divisions.
So we shouldn’t be surprised that we now have new means to divide ourselves and to want to police each other to respect these divisions. I am talking about the new divisions based on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, queer, questioning, intersexual, asexual, pansexual, other-kins and ~70 different genders.
To have a society much less a civilization, we use one of these divisions to justify the killing of the other, and only this form of division which we use to kill each other ultimately matters.
Democracies own the most destructive weapons and they offer their legislative machinery for sale to the most cohesive divisions listed above. Through various forms of media and censorship, people of these divisions try to convince each other to become more cohesive and take control of the legislative machinery. There are of course groups that try to override the machinery and act in extra-legislative means i.e. through lobbying, NGOs, and fake uprisings.
None of this should surprise us. As individuals we want others to live our way of life, and those who threaten our way of life must be oppressed and killed if necessary.
There is no reason to believe we will ever unify ourselves into humans, without a common enemy who’d have to be labeled non-human and possess no rights we assign to humans if any. The forces of evolution are constantly trying to form new divisions which will perhaps one day induce enough separation to prevent the random matings we need to stay unified as species.
It is interesting how every means to divide ourselves and kill each other is sold to us as means to unify us. The world is a strange place indeed.
There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved.