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Originally posted by joeching at 2009-1-17 06:09
everything u said make a lot of sense. but my perspective is really just from a techical problem solver. i see culture as the time-tested tool for the world to get out this period of barbarism. the asia culture(or the land where the culture of confucius, buddhism and taoism) should be used to unite some countries as it did in the confucius days. i would be more than glad to see europe achieve the same, but i dont think the culture and the language can really cut it.
as for europe, the first thing they need to resolve is getting to the bottom of what really happened between the jews and hitler(i v been tracking hitler and found most stories are jewish propaganda, which help nobody, least of all jews.) all europeans need to search deep within them to expose what made them overt or covert anti-semite. and the jews need to listen to their findings and make some self-correction(like stop killing the the gaza rite away) so the world can turn around on its way to armaggeddon.
So what you're really talking about here is spirituality. I fully agree that before any kind of brotherhood and justice can come to the nations of the world, we must first establish a common culture, and that culture would need to be founded on some common spiritual foundation. Neither the Christian nor Jewish Faiths teach hatred. But unfortunately many of their followers have not followed those teachings. As Gandhi once said:
I like your Christ, but I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.
The same can apply to Buddhism too. It applies to all relgions. If your read their sacred texts, there's not much we can disagree with, at least on the spiritual front. It's just that few actually put their faith into practice.
This, by the way, applies to language too. To just take some examples. King Sae Jong the Great had created the Korean script out of a sense of justice, compassion, and love for his subjects. He wanted to spread literacy to the poor, and found that the best way to do so was to create a language they could all learn.
Dr. Zamenhof is another example., He was a Polish Jew saddened by the animosity caused in his home country owing in part to the language barrier. He'd concluded that by creating a language that was easy to learn, that while this language might not solve all the world's problems, it would at least solve those caused as a direct result of misunderstandings.
You too are motivated to create a language designed to be easy for the common people to learn. That in my opinion is the height of culture. Artistic beauty was found even in Nazi Germany, with beautiful shows and inspiring musical melodies and films. Beatiful as it was artistically, its culture was purely materialistic, nationalistic and militaristic and imperialistic. That beauty was but superficial. The bearuty of the Korean characters, or Esperanto, or what you are trying to do is found not only in their esthetic appeal, but in their moral appeal. That is wha I meant before when I said that a common Asian culture would need not only a common language but a common 'religion' too. That religion need not be a particular religion, but a sense of the spiritual, a belief in universal justice and brotherhood, which would lay the foundations of this common culture, unlike the current international culture of English as an international language, based mainly on pure materialism and individual profit.
This being the case, the primary objective of any universal auxiliary language must be that it be easily learnable by any of our fellow men, bay any of our brethren under heaven, walking this earth.