The civilization can cover the big mass of people ¾ for example, China: "It is a civilization which gives out itself for the country" (L. Pai). The civilization can include some nations states, as in a case with the western, Latin American or Arab civilizations, or one and only ¾ as in a case with Japan.
European civilization became key part of modern culture. The technology, an education system, views of the world, of mankind, society is based on it. It defines lifestyle which is offered to the whole world as a sample.
From the philosophical and world outlook point of view it is important to understand that today's fight for survival of mankind is closely connected with new attitude, with understanding of that the future can not be, social time can come to an end, the XXI century can become the end of human history. Therefore fight for a survival has to be interfaced to fight in time as it can appear a basic factor in ekologo-global sense — the person can not manage to adapt to new realities.
For mankind there comes the period of its history in which the problem of relationship of society as a whole and the nature becomes the factor defining the main contours of a civilization. Further development of a type of Homo Sapiens demands already all-planetary strategy.
The situation at the end of the XX century is complicated by that for further development of production — a main objective of society — are required deeper specialization, wider, than today, informatization, penetration of technical means into the most intimate parties of human activity in general, production and consumption in particular.
According to O. Spengler development of the people is development of its culture, their bases can be diverse and even are opposite. Each culture is the unique, unique and closed education. He draws images of 8 cultures existing on the earth: Egyptian, Babylon, Indian, Chinese, Greek-Roman, Byzantine-Arab, West European and cultures of the Maya. In introduction to "the Decline of Europe'' believes that from the called cultures continues existence only West European which entered a phase of end and decline, a decline.
Civilizations can mix up, be imposed one on another, include subcivilizations. Despite all this, civilizations represent a certain integrity. Borders between them seldom happen accurate, but they are real. Civilizations are dynamic: they have a rise and decline, they break up and merge and disappear, they are tightened by time sand.
The restrictions imposed by an ecological imperative first of all will concern industrialized countries because overconsumption of energy, natural resources falls to their share. Residents of these countries have to become first of all on the way of reasonable self-restriction, regulation of requirements and consumption.
Having identified for a long time time with physical time, infinite and unidirectional, we did not learn to appreciate time of the Person and Mankind, did not think of that not only the individual, but also the human race can have the end.
Sciences, first of all natural, define that framework in which there will be possible a further development of humanity. As a matter of fact, it becomes their main task. A lot of things understood, but it is necessary to understand even more. But today already clearly the most important ¾ exists forbidden line over which the mankind cannot step under no circumstances. Further ¾ accident.