Civilization is a strange pickle. It is built upon lies that create an illusion of truth. It provides security and quite often acts as a prison. It is something that we love and love to hate. It is our mirror until we see something we don't like and then we break it only to forge a new one that correctly answers the question: who is the fairest of them all?
If I were to disagree with Oscar Wilde regarding his quote, I would just flip it on its head: "Individuals exist only as a mental concept; in the real world there are only civilizations."