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International World Standard for Civilisation

Kind of like a row of VU meters on an audio mixer
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Not necessarily an ISO standard, although every time we want to lay down some dictatorial overarching idea that the rest of the world is forced to adhere to, we choose ISO for some reason.

Anyway, that’s not the point. I propose that we lay down the most superb dictatorial overarching idea that the rest of the world will be forced to adhere to. It constitutes a measurable defining quantity that allows everyone else to tell if a person; village; alien weird part of geography (i.e., north vs south); whole nation; ideology or upbringing; is incorrect. The measurement can be compared with either a normal current ongoing civilised mean, or peak civilisation (whenever that was). It would also be highly useful to discover whether we’re all actually creeping backwards.

Ian Tindale, Jul 11 2015


       I think provision of ashtrays and a selection of drinks pretty much covers it. I can't think of anywhere that provides those, that is not civilised; and I can't think of anywhere that doesn't that is.
MaxwellBuchanan, Jul 11 2015

       First you'll have to learn to spell it.
theircompetitor, Jul 11 2015

       donuts, coffee, decent beer, bacon.
FlyingToaster, Jul 11 2015

       Per the etymology, if civil means polite, and the opposite of polite is offensive, and civilization means polite management of offenses, then a good way to measure it would be to count the number of offended people. Call it the Butt-Hurt Index.
LimpNotes, Jul 12 2015

       Shouldn't this be baked in the reams and red tape of the organization that is the U.N.   

       Maybe, little Secondlife or utube presentations need to be made to spell the standards out to all of the world's citizens, even those on the other side of the line.
wjt, Jul 12 2015

Ian Tindale, Jul 12 2015

       Oddly enough, the map of civilised places coincides more or less exactly with the map of places where Rentisham's is used. Could this not be used as the basis for a new standard?
MaxwellBuchanan, Jul 12 2015

       I remember that brochure “there is no geographical or temporal limit on where and when Rentisham’s should be productively (or indeed idly) used”
pocmloc, Jul 12 2015

       I argued awhile back that the growth and development of at least the net-enabled world could be measured by the overall reading level and breadth of topics of the internet.
RayfordSteele, Jul 12 2015


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