WHAT IS THE IDEA OF AN INTERNATIONAL AUXILIARY, AND WHY?
- The world is shrinking, and in a previous age foreignors were miles
and days away.
- Now, with modern communications - especially the Internet - anyone
on the globe could be only two seconds away.
- As a civilisation we have outgrown the restrictions placed on us by
the often mutually exclusive national languages.
- We now have the ability to send signal to anywhere on the planet;
but, because of the existence of non-compatable national languages, there
is no guarantee that the signal will be meaningful when recieved.
- It is time for human ingenuity to come up with an effective solution
to this problem: the tecnological fix is being tried - at great expense;
and the traditional altenative is costly translation and interpretation.
- If a low-cost solution, that has no technological overhead, can be
found, then it deserves to be researched by our best brains. This is the
- Formerly a school student learnt one, or more, foreign languages,
and this, as well as being a sign of his education, was his ticket to the
- Now, the situation is totally out of hand, with the number of
national languages in use over a thousand. To service the newer
populations coming into the global economy and culture, the emerging
indiginous peoples, translation and translating programs just cannot keep
- Regional Auxiliary Languages have been proposed for Asia, Europe and
Africa, but these are only partial solutions to the total problem, and
hardly Global solutions.
- The selection of the most suitable language to be taught in all
schools - as the Second Language for the world - is not a theoretical
difficulty, but it is opposed for psychological and cultural reasons.
- Three quarters of a century ago the League of Nations voted on a
resolution to adopt Esperanto as the IAL: while the vote was lost then,
perhaps it is time for civilisation builders to try again ... but with
proper comparative research prior to a decision, this time.
- Once one language has been chosen to serve as the IAL, then the
illiterate masses can gain an education through the new medium; and,
thinkers will have the means of communing with other like minds anywhere
on the planet. Are we ready for World Renaissance?
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