Lingua Cosmopolitica Mondiale

Lingua Cosmopolitica Mondiale


Communication is indispensable when it comes to building communities and societies. Frequently, cultures or peoples are even defined in by the common language they speak. For a true world community, it will therefore be essential to find a common language.

If school is the place of primary education for the individual, language is the essential means to achieve this. A world state, in which every person, every people and every nation participating in it has the same rights and duties, the same dignity and the same value, can only provide itself with a world language that is not already existing as a national language.

National languages, such as Latin, Spanish, French, and now English, which have assumed or are currently assuming a supranational function, have always been the result of an imposition by violence and war. However, a world state that guarantees equal rights, duties, dignity and value to every human being cannot be built on a foundation of violence and war. So neither can its language do so.

If such a common, non-national language is taught in schools, as well as the local language, the problem of communication at world level will be solved within one or two generations. Everyone will speak the same common language, alongside a possibly different local language (a local dialect, a national language, etc.).

So the promotion of a world language does not mean the end of local languages, quite the contrary! Just as cosmopolitan identity does not erase urban, regional, national, continental identity, the world language would flank or overlay and not erase the local language. In the family and with friends, in the countryside, etc., a child speaks a dialect, but in school and in public buildings the world language is spoken, so that it will be possible to move house or to work in different places in the world without having problems with the language. At the same time, one will no longer have the feeling that the world language is a foreign language for some while for others it is a mother tongue (as is the case with English today). The world language should be an equally learned language for all people - we need justice also in language!

The task of the world state will be to promote the preservation of local cultures as a good of humanity, so that everything that belongs to local culture - not only language - is also taught in schools. The history of one’s own town, culture, dialect or language, traditions, etc., all needs to be an integral part of school teaching. This will of course be taught together with the world language, world history, world literature and the literature of other countries and so on. Global and local culture should both be taught equally. This is real democracy and worldwide cultural cultivation!

So local cultures and languages will be cultivated even more than today. What will no longer exist is the despotism of national states, that led to war and local autonomies, which in turn caused the disappearance of many local cultures throughout history, which practically vanished into nothing or almost nothing (just think of the centuries-old cultural tradition of the Native Americans, which was almost destroyed within a few decades).



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