Is civilization technology or idea?
Obviously, it is a bit of both. But in our modernity – surrounded by big data, cameras, and supercomputers that fit into our pocket – it is easy to see that we tend to favor technology and forget ideas. While at some level it is difficult to imagine "civilization" without basic technologies. From food, water, shelter, security, and reasonable personal autonomy, we do need a foundation of material to distinguish civilization from our more prehistoric past.
But once that foundation is set, what is it, technology or idea?
Again, I believe it is both, both matter and have equal value. What is important is keeping them in balance, and today, ideas are falling behind, if not outright ignored.
Nowhere is this more true, or more significant, than in leadership. Nowhere is leadership more taught, and more explored, than in the stories of kings, and the philosophy of kingship.
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