Language is deeply bonded to the Culture of its Speaker. The moment a foreign language creeps in, it also brings in its culture with it. Interestingly, the foreign language and culture like parasites, take over and consume the native ones.
Today’s world consists of thousands of languages, but only one acts as THE Universal language- ENGLISH.
English in today’s world seems to have attained a status of being the most commonly used language and the most well-known language.(Sits on top of the pile doesn’t it). With it, English has also lead to the spread of Western (British and American) culture all over the world, be it music, be it education, documents of governance, clothing, etiquette, etc.
There isn’t a single city in the world without an English speaker.
Today’s date, it seems to be the most important language ever , so damn important that it seems to be taking over and eating up all the native languages of all the parts of the world.
So what’s so damn important about this language?
How the hell did it get on top of the pile?
Well, it got there for the sake of uniformity in the world.
The English having conquered something in all the seven continents of the world in the past five hundred years, planted its seeds there.
This brings me to my point, i.e. In a few hundred years, I guess it’ll be the only language used on Earth.
But then I have the following questions….
- What happens when Man starts exploring space???
What happens when Man meets alien life form?
Will the Alien life form learn English and lose its native tongue or will Man learn the Alien tongue and lose English? (The sad thing about any two languages is that neither can live while the other survives)
We seem to consider English as the “Universal language” today, but for how long will it be THE “Universal language”?
Well I guess that depends on the kind of aliens we meet. If we are the superior beings then they learn English, but what if they are the superior ones?
Assuming we are the superior characters in the picture and we manage to pass English to one set of aliens. But what next? What if the next set we meet are superior? ( I guess Bye-Bye English)
This does not only lead to the loss of the language and its importance, but also the culture it carries with it. This leaves me scared thinking we may stop being humans eventually!!! Could this be a form of Evolution?
- In the past century, the Brits and the ‘mericans did well and set the benchmarks in all linguistic and cultural aspects of the world, but well from the way things are going these days I can foresee their time’s up.
I foresee China coming up to take over this century. The Chinese have done a very good job of taking over the world in the past two decades. They’ve become a crucial part of everybody’s life without anyone realizing it. From your clothes to your computers, from zippers to components of the International Space Station, they’re everywhere. There is something Chinese in everything you see around you.
So as I was saying are my grandchildren going to grow up learning Chinese? Is Chinese the next English???
Pretty interesting isn’t it???