Just about every area on Earth has experienced some level of civility either in the present or the past, even though there are areas now that most people might consider uncivilized. Present day America is by far one of the most civilized places on the planet. It possesses a pursuit and accumulation of knowledge, attempts to better itself through technological advancement and the rule of law, and is one of the most inclusive nations in existence. These same traits describe most every 'civilized' country that has existed.: the Roman and Greek Empires, Mesopotamia, Ancient China, and the early Islamic areas of the Middle East, to provide just a few examples. All of these places were regarded as barbaric before their rise to civilization and many suffered a return to barbarism or backwardness after the height of their civility. So too did ancient India have lows and highs.