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Posted over 2 years ago
As a trilingual or bilingual, what role does language play in the creation of your identity? Which language do you think in?
This is a very interesting point and I quite agree with it. I also notice that sometimes I think concepts that I can't find words for in any language I know. And I agree that when I speak or think in a language, the people I spoke to most in my life in that language are present in my mind as an imaginary audience. I believe I speak the languages in relationship to them, because I learned it and practised it by speaking to them. It does feel a bit like I'm a different person in every language I speak, but I notice that most when I switch languages with the same person - if I'd been speaking to them in English and we switch to French or vice versa. When this happens it clearly feels like we step into a different context a bit, as if we suddenly look at the world from a different perspective - as if suddenly France is the center of the globe. And the same goes with any other language.
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Posted over 2 years ago
Could we build a world without money?
Yes, I agree that individuals are greatly influenced by the type of society they are born into and they mostly inherit the values that are encouraged and shared in that society. There is a multitude of ways on earth to live and see life. I don't think many bad things would go away without money. I think suddenly many many bad things would happen... Because people would experience it as a crash, a regression, creating a huge feeling of insecurity. (But that's how I imagine it) And it could be called a regression, because it wouldn't be moving forward, improving on what we have already invented - it would be throwing the baby out with the bathwater. I think it is a question of what we focus on: the money or the behaviour. I don't know if you've heard of the finger that points at the moon. If you just look at the finger, you'll never realise that it is pointing to something else. I think that if there's a feeling of money not being used well, we should look at what that is pointing to, what it reveals, and acknowledge what is going wrong and try to fix that, not cut off our finger... This is a very interesting conversation to me. I just wrote the response I felt, let me know if you think I didn't fully respond to your points.
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Posted over 2 years ago
Could we build a world without money?
Nobody is perfect, nor is the system. We can't expect it to be. If we want it to be different, well nobody will change it for us, we need to express what we think is appropriate and what isn't. And use proper arguments as to what decision is made. I think the examples of fair trade and ethical banking are a step in the right direction. It means you only give your money to companies or banks that you trust will use it fairly, ethically. And there are rules they must follow and people who make sure they do. So when you buy a product, you are supporting that company. And by choosing what you buy, you are choosing who you give your power to, quite directly. And if more and more people step into this, unethical companies will... run out of money. Problem solved!
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Posted over 2 years ago
Could we build a world without money?
Hi Orlando, thanks for your reply. As to your question, how I see it: When people feel compelled to cause suffering in order to gain money, that is not because money exists, eradicating money wouldn't make them stop. People in those situations don't just want some pieces of paper or numbers in their bank - they want the power and security and prestige and whatever else comes with it. Money in itself is Worthless. It is the value of it people crave and if it didn't exist, people would pile up other things that express value such as jewellery or luxury goods. So what I meant is that people do what they do whether or not money exists. And in itself the existence of money is far more helpful than harmful to us, as humans. Yes, injustice is not caused by money, it is people who act and use it for better or worse purposes.
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Posted over 2 years ago
Could we build a world without money?
Money is just a tool that has appeared out of necessity, to facilitate exchanging and expressing value - when selling/buying products or services. It is not the ultimate tool, because it cannot measure all types of value - how much does a sunset cost? Or the support of a friend? Money in itself is not to be blamed for what people do or don't do with it. I am happy to see though that people are interested and moving towards using money more fairly. (ethical banking, fair trade) And I think we can improve morally without needing to eradicate money. Instead we could also improve how we see and use money and build it into a better world.
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Posted over 2 years ago
Who would you be without your history?
Yes, we can't predict the consequences of changing the smallest thing in our past. This part of my question was moreso aimed at whether people could think of a way to heal or find peace with past experiences in the present? Would you think it is possible to let go of sad memories now? (not change them)
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Posted over 2 years ago
Who would you be without your history?
Bad experiences help you through rough times as well, because now you know that even bad times pass, like any moment or period in your life - and good things happen again. And then bad things happen again. And then good. We make our life's story by telling it to ourselves :)
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Posted over 2 years ago
Who would you be without your history?
So you are saying you would like to keep your memories but not relive them again. That all in all you wouldn't mind if you suddenly forgot everything, but that it is good to have some life experience to help you as you 'march on'.