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the end of civilization as we know it

Refers hyperbolically to some sudden or unexpected deviation from what is familiar or customary. Well, whoever is elected, it won't be the end of civilization as we know it; each candidate is as good or bad as the other in my book. A lot of people think same-sex marriage will mark the end of civilization as we know it.
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the end of civilization as we know it

1 the complete collapse of ordered society. 2 used to indicate that someone is being alarmist or is overreacting to a trivial inconvenience or blunder as if it were enormously significant and catastrophic.
This expression is supposedly a cinematic cliché, and was actually used in the film Citizen Kane ( 1941 ): ‘a project which would mean the end of civilization as we know it’.
1999 Select The giant, dreadlocked rapper's third album contains extensive deliberations on the end of civilisation as we know it.
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He stressed that civilization need not clash with one another but rather should see each beauty, it must be dynamic to flourish together.
Nasir hoped that research on the uncovered items would help provide clues to the civilization which lived in this area over a millennia ago even before the advent of Gandhara Civilization.
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play a role in bridging misunderstandings among different civilizations
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If this civilization's language was not Balochi, we could not prove this civilization as the civilization of Balochistan.If the structural language of civilization is in synthesized form and this structural language has elements of Balochi language thus, we suppose Baloch was not a nomadic nation.
These views were expressed by Mohammad Ali Jinnah University, (MAJU) Karachi faculty member of Business Administration and Social Sciences, Ali Nasir during his second lecture on Indus valley civilization last evening.
Today, that civilization is under increasing pressure.
This, he added, is aimed at creating awareness among the young students about historical fact of this region's ancient civilization.
Ali Nasir told that Indus valley was most developed civilization, they had their own language, Water reservation and drainage system was better than from us, they were first nation for introduction of identity cards, every tribe was identified from the picture of an animal or a particular symbol, personal record of every person was being maintained and they were not using any kind of weapon.
Participants in the conference will discuss characteristics of the modern Islamic civilization, the necessity of reviving this civilization, the role of major religious institutions, universities and academic research centers in building this renewable civilization, and getting acquainted with the obstacles that hinder the spreading of this civilization and means of facing them.
The infamous eco-anarchist John Zerzan, whose books have resulted in recent interviews by Vice and Believer magazines, checks in with further provocative articles about the chaotic results of civilization and technology with the publication of "Why Hope?: The Stand Against Civilization".
Indeed, the place to begin in strengthening the West amid the clashes of the 21st century is in recovering the roots of our own civilization. Those roots are not an identity to be asserted but a tradition-full of variety-to be lived and passed on.
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