Have you ever been married? Have you ever been in a relationship? Have you ever had a roommate? If you have, then you know there are compromises that must be made to get along with another.
Domestication is the scientific theory of the mutual relationship between animals and plants with the humans who have influence on their care and reproduction.
Charles Darwin recognized the small number of traits that made domestic species different from their wild ancestors. He was also the first to recognize the difference between conscious selective breeding in which humans directly select for desirable traits, and unconscious selection where traits evolve as a by-product of natural selection or from selection on other traits.
There is a genetic difference between domestic and wild populations. There is also such a difference between the domestication traits that researchers believe to have been essential at the early stages of domestication, and the improvement traits that have appeared since the split between wild and domestic populations.
Domestication traits are generally fixed within all domesticates, and were selected during the initial episode of domestication of that animal or plant, whereas improvement traits are present only in a proportion of domesticates, though they may be fixed in individual breeds or regional populations.
Our society expects us to become domesticated. It allows us a few years to sow our wild oats and then we are expected to calm down, become responsible community citizens, raise a family and maintain the status quo.
We go from our wild rebellious youth to domestication. Haircuts, suits and ties, adjusting sleeping habits and responsible shoes are requirements. We become defined by what another person wants.
A civilization is any complex society characterized by urban development, social stratification, symbolic communication forms, and a perceived separation from and domination over the natural environment by a cultural elite. Civilizations are intimately associated with socio-politico-economic characteristics, including centralization, the domestication of both humans and other organisms, specialization of labor, culturally ingrained ideologies of progress and supremacist, monumental architecture, taxation, and expansionism.
To be civilized is to be polite, courteous, well mannered, civil, gentlemanly, ladylike, mannerly, cultured, cultivated, refined, polished, sophisticated, enlightened, educated, advanced, enlightened, educated, refined, polished, polite and somewhat domesticated.
To not be civilized is being rude and unsophisticated.
Yet some of us take a different route.
A feral animal is an animal living in the wild but descended from domesticated individuals.
The introduction of feral animals or plants to non-native regions may disrupt ecosystems and has contributed to extinction of indigenous species.
Beware of feral beings. They are not domesticated.