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Are we moving towards a global language? if so, are there any up to the task?

..as our debate grew steadily, my brother and I considered for a moment that we may have to agree to disagree on this one. He was adamant. " it's already been chosen!!" he says, "English!". The first and most obvious answer. Of course english! America being the powerhouse, global superpower that it is,..knowing the language becomes a tool to forge your destiny in the world!…tall order.. technically most people on the planet speak mandarin, so i'd say they pretty much have a head start. But my focus went deeper, and this is usually where My brother looses it. Does it necessarily even have to be a spoken language that originated from a specific peoples? I asked. What is language in the first place? WHy did we first need to create these sounds with our mouths? Major eye rollage…I continue..at the very least to transmit information easily and efficiently? Spirituality,science, technology,..all leading us towards unity. he definitely agrees here and says, "english" in a way that I know he is no longer interested in debating. like when your winning in monopoly. So I've been wondering about it for a couple of days now and decided to ask the community what your take on this is?

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  • Dec 11 2013: Kindness is a global language.
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      Dec 11 2013: I agree. but I meant language in terms of communicating information efficiently. Although kindness is a type of language it is also limited when it comes to transmitting all types of information. A message is transmitted kindly.
      • Dec 11 2013: Verbal language is extremely limited. Body language, sign language, music and acts of kindness are a lot more universal and understandable. Look at a UN meeting where whatever the speaker is saying is being translated into many languages and you see a puzzling look on there faces as the translation does not always make sense but when they stand and applause everyone in the room understands immediately. Go to a sports game and even if your back is turned or you are downstairs getting food or even a block away when somebody scores everyone no matter what language they speak understands immediately. When Nelson Mandela or any great person dies the shock waves are felt around the world and everyone feels the sadness no matter what language they speak and the same apply's to any great disaster. We are all connected like the water in the Oceans and a tiny ripple anywhere is felt everywhere.
        "We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop." - Mother Teresa

        If you want to change the world, smile, say thank you, pat someone on the back, pet an animal, plant a tree, give freely of all you get, pass it on, help some else for no reason, pay it forward... in other words be kind, kindness is a language everyone understands.
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          Dec 11 2013: I do agree that our emotions have a language of their own, but is it possible to communicate the score as effectively as the reaction to it. Or when an icon dies and the loss reverberates across humanity, can we communicate his or hers exploits and endeavors as efficiently as the feeling of loss. Without a doubt our emotions and the way we express them are very clear, I wonder if this can be so with information.

          "..Look at a UN meeting where whatever the speaker is saying is being translated into many languages and you see a puzzling look on there faces as the translation does not always make sense…"

          This is exactly my point. I believe that so much more is lost in translation. In fact, most of what makes a good speech is lost. It's true that just by watching a powerful speech in a different language, the emotion comes through and is inspiring, but everything can change if you understand the language. You can find yourself in precarious predicaments if lead purely by emotion. which is why I endeavor to find a universal language for information.
      • Dec 11 2013: Jonathan while you are thinking about universal languages you may want to look far into the future when we communicate like starlings or schools of fish where millions are somehow on the same wavelength and act as a group simultaneously. I believe it is explained with Quantum Mechanics using the "entanglement" theory.
        If I was designing a new language I would shoot in the direction of telepathy instead of characters and symbols, a method as old as the caveman. We are supposed to be evolving not going backwards. It's like the car.. it has not changed in a hundred years because the corporations are milking the oil thing for all it is worth. The same with the energy, instead of being independent they want us all dependent little slaves.

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