So remember that, statistically speaking, there is at least ONE organism in that civilization that has been enlightened and understands the Zen of Whoopassery.
Or, if there is none, you could teach them. And have a gaggle of devoted whoopastians for a while, and then giggle as the Age of Enlightenment hits, and they discover Science, and denounce you. Some of them will, anyway. Others will stay strong in the faith.
But then you'd have a ji`had on your hands.
On your floor.
QWP, from my post here.