Steve, I need to acknowledge your post and want to comment on it but I got carpel-tunnel writing the following article to Zoom. My eyes just got opened and decided to copy this question and lengthy answer over to the new blog that Mary is setting up for CommonLanguageAppeal.org .
“I am among, probably, the majority of people here not convinced in your idea. By no means to discourage you, but you need some more evidences, some more examples, some more other ideas as to how this new global language will make it better for the Earth or be used within the United Nations. Curious to hear more. ”
I am somewhat embarrassed here, after as much time as I spent with this subject I got to believing that some of the benefits where so obvious that there was not much point in naming them. I didn't stop to realize that to everyone else, the concept wasn't even obvious.
Teens have their own language that parents think strange but the teens like to have the language that binds them to their own. They usually do understand English but only use it when they have to. Each region, country or local areas will still use their native language but everything they publish would also be published in the common language. If anyone is visiting, they will be able to enjoy their experience more as all the road signs, public sector such as hospitals and police are labeled in the native and Earthen language.
This will remove barriers that keep tourists from coming to your attractions. From the travelers point of view, being able to mostly communicate your desires or needs makes or breaks your experience. Why does all the travel places hire English speaking employees? So all the places that can't afford English speaking employees are not worth seeing? Of course they are so with a universal second language every experience has greater dimension.
It isn't so bad for English speakers but what about German speakers? Can any business hire someone to speak every language? Obviously no, so some will have to struggle with not understanding what is meant by “last bus for the night”.
And safety is increased, airplane pilots, ocean going ships and boats, all navigation would shift to the common language so there would never be a missed signal because of a communications failure again. Rescue workers would all be able to communicate clearly for greater efficiency and safety.
Picture this, you are on a short lay over in Brazil on your flight from Uruguay when a guard notices you look a lot like the wanted picture for a gun runner he just saw. You tell him that you don't understand Portuguese but since you can't communicate he can't understand you either. He pulls you aside until someone can be found that speaks your language and Portuguese. Eventually, you are able to explain why you're there and why you are carrying so much money and they let you go. You however missed your plane. All for the ability to communicate effectively.
You could watch news from around the world instead of depending on the spin doctors running the news that you get locally. You could hear both sides of every argument as all news channels could broadcast in their local language and sub-channel the Earthen language for the rest of the world. Movies would be made in English and the common language for the world market. Corporations would save millions on translation duplication and be able to hire quality employees from elsewhere in the world because they all speak the same second language.
The world organizations like the world health organization would be able to release one statement and instantly be understood by all the other counterparts. The United Nations would adopt the Earthen language for all meetings so people everywhere could understand each speaker.
Schools want you to learn a second language, Earthen should be one of them. Almost every one will want to learn it, first because it is new and different, then later because it is accepted by our peers (the in thing to do), then, because we realize that we are at a disadvantage to those who have learned it. We are all at that same disadvantage right now but as the Earthen language is developed and adopted, those disadvantages will disappear.
Scientific research. Contrary to the belief that English is the language of science, the space station has a mixture of English and Russian labels on everything. Do you really think Putin will recommend Russian schools teach English as the world language? It may have been true that English was the language of science for some period of time, but that too is changing.
The worlds population is growing, we are blurring into something that has never been, a culture of cross cultures. We need to establish a single language that can bind us all as humans. One People that all came from the same source. You and I are related, we share a common ancestor somewhere in the past. Yea, it grossed me out when I first realized it too, but there it is.
As the population grows, demands on limited resources will lead to conflicts. If the conflict is with something less than human, I am required to eliminate this non human threat to our security. However, if the conflict is with my brother, I might want to find a suitable compromise. If we speak the same language, we will grow closer. More talk, less killing, who knows, maybe we can evolve.
In fact, choosing to develop and adopt a universal common language is in a way, evolution in itself as we adapt to the internet reality. Ideas can be shared around the globe so problems can be solved by people that you didn't know existed. Two thirds of the surface of this planet is water and we don't know how to use it. Hydroponic gardening uses less water than regular crops but we don't have gardens at sea. If we are all one people on this one planet, we might want to work together to learn about how to equitably utilize its resources. One language would really help this out.
The real evolution for humanity will be to quit idolizing competition and start embracing cooperation. That can only happen when we start talking but also understanding each other.
One planet, one people, one language.
So, would a common language make the world a better place to live? In so many ways, we haven't even begun to comprehend just how much it would benefit us, but the real question is, will it bring peace? Sadly, no it won't, but what it will do is open the door and hang out a welcome sign.
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