The rise of civilization was all the rage in the ancient world. It was a problem and a benefit that people had to constantly deal with. In one sense, civilization gave average people access to goods, wealth, and opportunities that they would have never had before. On the other hand, cities became targets for armies seeking wealth, and enslavement was pretty much the norm.
In order for a civilization to survive, you need the rule of law, access to resources, and the labor to keep it all going. Sound familiar? Yep, that pretty much describes the state of Egypt when we come onto the scene in Exodus.