Some say civilization is alive and passes on through learning,
and I am one person who is for this idea.
I believe that humans are not products of biological evolution:
we are precise and precious creations from one artistic and creative Creator;
however, our mind do evolve throughout the course of history,
and this can be seen from our deeper understanding of the Creator himself:
we learn from experiences of our own and generations before to know the Creator better.
That is why the Bible says in Acts 17: 26-27 that:
"From one man he (God) made every nation of men,
that they should inhabit the whole earth;
and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live.
God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him,
though he is not far from each one of us."
From one man, God has made all nations so that people of different regions can develope their own ways to search for God.
This is why there are different cultures, religions, and thus rituals,
and this is why different cultures and religions need to respect each other:
afterall, we are all only mere humans searching for the ultimate God.
And that actually brings the inheritance of civilizations to a even greater importance,
for the wisdom and understanding for God that our and others' previous generations have gained are our basis for the continual search for God.
And, how do we inherit the wisdom and the understanding and thus the civilization from the previous generations?