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Another Attempt at World Peace

October 2, 2012

Allen: Dr. Michael Warren brings up an interesting topic in this article from the Galveston Daily News. I think many of us here in the United States tend to think of English as the universal language, but perhaps it is time for a new one, without the “baggage” attached to the English language.

Another attempt at world peace

By Dr. Michael Warren – October 2, 2012

http://galvestondailynews.com/story/351834

The curmudgeon is back. Last week we talked about letting women run the world.

I must say the response to my column was somewhat underwhelming. Only a few people noted it, and nobody seemed to want to join my crusade.

Let me present another try toward world peace. One serious problem, as I see it, is a question of communication. As soon as you get more than one person together, people have difficulty communicating.

Sometimes this is because of a true difference of opinion among everyone involved. I have noticed that in many groups, within the government and everywhere else, if there are 10 people trying to solve a problem, there are usually 11 to 12 opinions on how to do it.

But, even more basic than that often is the total lack of communication because everyone is speaking a different language. One good example of that is the European Common Union. There is a group of European nations that have decided to move closer to one government. They have started by developing a common currency, the euro. It is the national currency of the member nations in the ECU. So, no matter which country you are in, the euro is what you use to buy things. Actually, that is pretty cool.

As time goes on and assuming the various members of the Union get along with each other it could develop into a model closer to the United States of America. But there remains one major obstacle to complete amalgamation of the nations. That is that they all speak different languages. As you travel about the ECU, you hear the languages of about 27 countries, everything from French to Swedish to English.

So, what do you expect? It is a regular tower of Babel (one of my few biblical references.) Then add in all the languages in the rest of the world and you see the problem.

The solution is both simple and complicated. There is a universal language already available to use throughout the world. It is called Esperanto and was developed many years ago for exactly the same purpose as I suggest. The desire to bring the world together, bound by one language.

In fact, Esperanto is spoken in several parts of the world today, but, obviously, not to a large extent. Esperanto takes its form by using existing parts of several languages and a fair amount of common sense. For example “hello” is “saluton,” “good morning” is “bonan matenon,” “good night” is “bonan nokton,” “my name is Marc” is “mia nomo estas Marko,” “thank you” is “dankon” and the always important phrase “I love you” is “mi amas vin.”

Would you like to learn Esperanto? You can find web-based instructions, with live instructors willing to teach you and a much greater community of Esperanto-speaking individuals than you ever imagined.

But to get back to the original subject. Think of one language in one world and how such a situation would result in peace throughout. Finally peace! By the way, “peace” in Esperanto is “pacon.”

Let me know what you think about this, or anything else for that matter. Email me at michael.warren(at)galvnews.com.

Dr. Michael M. Warren is Ashbel Smith professor of surgery at University of Texas Medical Branch Division of Urology. Write him at michael.warren(at)galvnews.com.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Allen Atkinson permalink
    October 2, 2012 8:27 am

    Reblogged this on This Incredible New World.

  2. Lenn Delorie permalink
    October 2, 2012 9:18 am

    This is an interesting article, that deserves a thorough look. People who speak English tend to think that it should be the Universal language, but more people speak Spanish or Esperanto than English in this world and acknowledging to the world that English universal may be a step forward in relations with other countries.

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