Re: Saving the ethnosphere

From: Philip Jonkers (
Date: Tue Apr 30 2002 - 06:35:05 BST

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    > > The less languages around the less potential confusion will be brought
    > > by people trying to communicate
    > > as the probability increases that they speak the same language.
    > > of redundant languages is a natural
    > > process in an environment with progressive global communication.
    > > Trying to intervene in this natural process, in the sense of trying to
    > > preserve superfluous languages, to me seems to
    > > be as artificial as genetic engineering is to biological evolution. A
    > > difference between the two being that, unlike the latter, the former
    > > possible benefit other than one of sentimental and/or historic value.

    > I gather then, that you approve of these "natural" events:
    > > It is not change that threatens the ethnosphere; it is power. Dynamic
    > > living cultures are being destroyed because of political and economic
    > > decisions made by outside entities. In the upper reaches of the Orinoco,
    > > a gold rush brings disease to the Yanomami, killing a quarter of the
    > > population in a decade. In Nigeria, pollutants from the oil industry so
    > > saturate the floodplain of the Niger River, homeland of the Ogoni, that
    > > the once fertile soils can no longer be farmed. That such conflicts
    > > result from deliberate choices made by men is both discouraging and
    > > empowering. If people are the agents of cultural loss, we can also be
    > > the facilitators of cultural survival.
    > The general problem is a deep and difficult one and I certainly don't know
    > how to deal with it. But your comment indicates that you are a mindless
    > fool.

    Did somebody ever accuse you for jumping to conclusions?
    Take a cold shower please...


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