Thursday, May 25, 2017

From Babel to the Parthenon

"I am an Athenian and a citizen of the world"
Socrates, 400 years before Christ.

"According to the story(in Genesis), a united humanity in the generations following the Great Flood, speaking a single language and migrating eastward, comes to the land of Shinar (Hebrewשנער‎‎). There they agree to build a city and a tower tall enough to reach heaven. God, observing their city and tower, confounds their speech so that they can no longer understand each other, and scatters them around the world."


Years ago I wrote (in this blog) that we need either more or less "Europe" and either more or less globalization.

Brexit and Trump have kind of proved me right (2016).
So have the Dutch and the French (in 2017). Opposite forces.
(the French and the Dutch refs killed the EU treaty in 2005 too)

Complicated world. Complicated Europe.

I propose we need a real linga franca (as well as more humility) in Europe and on this planet.

Languages are quaint. But they:

a) Segregate humans

b) Red tape costs (translation etc) thus higher costs therefore a push to higher prices.

Europe for example needs a single job market. Impossible with 23+ languages.
English is of course the lingua. Of Europe and the world.

Not Esperanto, Cobol or money. 

God punished us in Babel. 
Let's reverse. Humble and with a lingua franca.
GlobalEnglish, neither UK or US. 

It's open source, not property of the English.
I happen to speak three English languages, UK, US and Global. The third is my favorite.
Some people at work think I am Mr. Spock!

I use Lisboa not Lisbon, I use obrigado, grazie,  takk, kiitos, blitzkrieg, hasta luego, spater, etc.
In spoken it is easier, but worth it in writing too.

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