The Question of Language


“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language 
And next year’s words await another voice.”
T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets


Have you ever counted how many words you speak in one day?  How many you use when you write, read, or text?  How many you use when you think or dream?  Language, whether spoken or written, is the powerful conduit that connects humanity.  It is ever evolving and has an infinite amount of possibilities.   Words can soothe our heartbreak, energize our passions, and ignite our resolve.

UNESCO has a pulse on the languages that span our global, interconnected world.  There are approximately 6,000 languages currently in use; however, the forecast for the future is quite clear.  Less than half will exist by the end of this century.  According to National Geographic, one language dies every 14 days. The loss of knowledge is incalculable.

I want to explore the idea of languages within the context of a world that strives relentlessly to find a common language.  I am uncertain exactly where this discussion will lead.  Of one thing I am confident – I will be using words that offer an infinite amount of possibilities.

“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.” 
 Nelson Mandela