Society and civilisation are not the same thing.
In a society, we have central banks and central governments. Each growing ever more powerful, as each individual grows weaker and weaker.
In a civilisation, each organisation exists only to serve people. People are free to join, create or leave an organisation as they choose. Organisations can be ignored.
In a society, demands are made by the few which the many feel forced to comply with.
In a civilisation, demands are seen to be bizarre outbursts of the emotionally unstable.
This difference is crucial. With societies, you tend towards creating the unsustainable. This unsustainability is unavoidable. The few make promises that are widely believed. Thus we give them our power. However, the promises prove impossible to keep. The unsustainable is sustained but at increasing cost. Eventually, we get a self destructive reset.
Societies are based on fear. A simple reflection of our inner monkey. With civilisations you get art, science, creativity, personal responsibility, accountability and this is what our human souls need to thrive.
Why is this difference important?
Our current society is heavily dependent upon the ancient 'monkey' portions of our selves. Hence the form and function of our society is control through hierarchical means. Which appeals to our inner monkey. This has a number of advantages and disadvantages. The main disadvantage is that in time, the societal systems become increasingly brittle until they shatter. This is due to simple logic, as fewer and fewer people control more and more, their mistakes are amplified. Each major mistake requiring more and more power to correct. Wielding such power, without being a God, usually causes the sweet spot to be overshot. Ever more power and control over the population is required. This utter waste of resources simply increases over time, until society collapses, as it can no longer match the increasing costs with increasing productivity.
When will our society collapse?
Timing is everything. I cannot predict when Western society will collapse. Predicting when, is predicting the future. I cannot do that. We all are able to see where we are headed, should we care to. The 2008 global financial crisis was a tremor, the earthquake has not happened yet.
How will our society collapse?
Interesting question. There are a great many ways that our society can shatter itself. Another massively destructive world war resets our society. Which is completely pointless but we have done it twice now so a third world war isn't beyond imagination. A societal reset is what we get unless we choose to do something else. In other words, world war three is the default answer. Anything else will require some thought. Some basic awareness of self. An acknowledgement of the increasing demands of society.
However, we do have a choice. We can chose to accept that our society is the result of not correctly training our inner monkey. We can then slowly dissolve society and each of us contribute towards building a civilisation.
This obviously means reading my three books and practising mindful behaviours. :-)
Why should you bother?
A human being, free of the fears of its inner monkey is a beautiful, creative, peaceful and productive member of a human civilisation.
A human being, enslaved by the imagined fears of its out of control inner monkey is just a normal member of society. Many will gladly take any offered drug to help ease the pain of not being what they were born to be - a Mindful Being. Many of us will force our own children to take drugs, just to cope with our societies idea of an education. A child will quite naturally seek an education, a civilised education.
Another big reason is that when society shatters, the damage will be beyond my imagination. Far easier to read my Trilogy and allow society to dissolve slowly and create a civilisation at our own pace.
What is actually happening?
Both. For centuries. Most of Mankind has used its energies to maintain a status quo, that benefits a few at the expense of the many rather than bothering with developing themselves, to benefit themselves and everybody else. The ancient Greeks did have a civilisation, we simply don't even know that we don't have an actual civilisation.
Society is all about what you own / control. (The few controlling more and more.)
Civilisation is all about what you share / give. (Whilst creating more and more.)
One is a pointless waste of life, destroying countless human souls.
The other is the reason for life itself. The reason we are here. The reason I write.
The new civilisation has been here for millennia, when will it dawn on you to join it?