CINEMA  Ancient history  21.05.2012. The Origins of Civilization - India

The Origins of Civilization - India

Ancient India is with us today in the living tradition of the Hindu religion, the basis of Indian culture. The traditions that are honored by millions of Hindus in the present were born in the Indus valley 5,000 years ago. We humans have been on the Earth for more than a million years, but civilization -- life in cities -- has come about only in the last 5,000. Through history civilizations have rose and fell, carved out of nature, dependent on nature, in the end -- nature took them back. But in the past few hundred years, one form of civilization -- that of the West -- has changed the balance of nature forever. And now it is civilization itself that has become the central problem of our planet. To understand why, we must look afresh at how we see history.