A Universal Language : The Idea Of A Universal Language

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To those trying to create a more interconnected, accepting, and peaceful world, the idea of a universal language is exciting and intoxicating. Societal progress is hindered without the free flow of ideas across linguistic and cultural boundaries. Many needless conflicts, like the push to remove Mexican immigrants from the US due to their cultural differences, result from misunderstanding and fear due to these linguistic boundaries. A universally understood language would resolve these issues by eliminating the need for translation and allowing for easy communication. At first, it might be tempting to conclude that natural languages would be a robust choice for a universal language since they are used for the vast majority of communication around the world. However, these languages are too closely bound to the cultural identity of their native speakers for them to gain true universality. In contrast, invented auxiliary languages such as Esperanto and Interlingua allow conversations between speakers to bridge gender, ethnic, and moral divides while still allowing the cultures of their speakers to flourish. As a result, one of these invented languages would be much more suited to serve as a universal language in the future. When considering what would make a universal language effective, it is important to realize that the languages we use to communicate define and are defined by our social and cultural context. When two people talk in the same language, they demonstrate
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