Friday, September 24, 2010
Humans are essentially the same the world over, so what are the barriers to understanding and empathizing with one another? Physical appearance and cultural differences are one, and among the cultural differences a big one is the use of different languages. Without a translator, dictionary, or translation program to refer to, if you don't know the language you are helpless. The less foreign languages become a barrier, the more we will understand what makes the human experience unique for each of the six billion plus people on this planet, our only home. Foreign languages and literature is an interesting field. I can never know every one of us, but I should know more nonetheless. I'd like to be fluent in all forms of communication basic to human society and familiar with the information [for which] they were created to represent. Then I can call myself literate, a scholar, and an expert in any field I work in. I must admit I don't read enough English literature as it is.
Posted by Eric Schaetzle at 4:45 PM