A 100 different languages and a thousand different accents and yet there is one thing in common. Connectivity. People connect on a daily basis with each other not just in their local vicinity but all across the world irrespective of their race, gender, caste, creed or religion. And yet words are the most lethal weapon there is. Among every language that is used on this planet English is the one thing that acts as our bridge language or the “lingua franca”. People who belong from places where english is not spoken on a daily basis let alone is necessary, learn and practice how to speak because they feel that it’ll make them feel more connected which is true by the way or maybe it has become an accepted reality at this point. But the beauty of language lies beyond the confines of English. The softness of Urdu or the cutthroat feeling of Spanish. The rigidity of Russian or the sexiness of Italian. The true beauty and connectivity lies in all these languages whether they are spoken by you or not. When you roam in the streets of Italy and hear the word “pizza” thats the very moment when you truly understand the emotion of pizza which can and is not conveyed by your local dominos or when a Russians talks about vodka, in that very moment you feel the intoxication that you will get induced with if you ever decide to consume said vodka. That’s where my point kicks in, all of these beautiful moments can and should be savoured(which they are sometimes) but instead lead up to unwanted violence, inherited racism and sexism and most importantly accent and origin superiority.
Ever wondered why we wage all these countless wars? Or why our so developed society is on the brink of collapse? We put the blame on others instead of going through our very own problems. We point fingers towards the other end of the spectrum instead of mending our own. When two countries collide with each other it’s not because of something that the prior did or something that the latter was victim of. It’s because of words that were exchanged between them that left a scar in their minds and hearts. Words are more sharp than the thorn of a rose. They can penetrate through something which is impenetrable by a .45. Words can kill they are most highly advanced and future proof weapon. More deadlier than an atomic bomb and they funny thing is everyone has equal and all rights to them and you definitely don’t need the second amendment to use them. A modern society is not one that has world dominance or is the origin of the lingua franca but is one that supports all sorts of immigration. That’s where true power lies. People tend to live in ghettos instead of merging into the society they opt and thats where the division begins and moving forward everything rips itself apart and the world starts burning. It’s good to have a bridge language and for us on earth it’s English but it’s even better to explore beyond the horizon every once in a while.
The world will be a much more joyous and happy place if we know how to turn this annihilating weapon into a canon that shoots rainbows, cats and unicorns. Free the world not by taking men’s lives but by taking their tongues(not literally). Don’t force someone into learning some language that they don’t want to. Don’t make them change the way they speak. Don’t tear them away from their origin and make them speak your language. As us human beings are more then capable of getting ourselves out of situations and always feel connected in our own way. We don’t need a change in our thoughts, personalities and how we see right and wrong based on the opinion of some other society.
“Sans Lingua Franca the world will be torn asunder and then it shall be free.” Which is true if you give it thought but isn’t necessary. Atleast for now.
*Inspired by Metal Gear and Hideo Kojima san.