There are many factors that influence the development of human civilization.
Geography and its climatic patterns are probably the most important ones. Climate and location of a country influences lifestyle and progress of the definite nation. People who live in the northern parts of our planet have complicated life, because of unfavorable climatic patterns. They have always suffered from cold and shortage of green food. No wonder, all Nordic European countries and ethnic groups in Siberia or North Canada got used to consumption of meat and fish, because they did not have opportunities to growth vegetables and fruit.
Moreover, severe climate trained their character. Nordic people were always bigger and stronger, because this constitution helped them survive and conquer favorable lands. The people who live on the southern parts have never had such problems. They have always enjoyed warm and mild climate, grew vegetables, fruit and carried out peaceful life. They were not ready for any severe challenges. No wonder, when one compares the literature of North and South; he will notice many differences between them. The literature of North is depressive, philosophical and pessimistic, while the literature of South is romantic, joyful and optimistic. Consequently, it is possible to say that geography is destiny, because location and climate influence one’s mind, worldview and moral values.
On the other hand, this situation has changed currently. Due to the technological progress, people no longer have problems with food or heating and they do not train their harsh traits of character. Modern people are more or less similar all over the world. It is possible to say that nowadays people have equal opportunities for self-development and traveling and they are able to find their proper place in the world. When you are a smart person, you are able to develop your potential and train your skills thoroughly.
Today it is possible to receive education and apply your talent in any part of the world. Even if you come from a developing country, you are able to move to another country, because you have knowledge and skills. You are able to develop your potential and make money with the help of your brain. Then, due to the development of the Internet, one is able to receive distance education and learn foreign languages for free. Geography no longer influences our destiny, because the whole world is in front of you and you are able to use it for your advantage.