22 Jun 2015 · 12:36
Until you have been taught a language other than your mother-tongue, you cannot appreciate what it is that you have learned to speak. You cannot be sure how you speak, either. The solution, therefore, is to decide in which other language you would like to become fluent and become familiar with its people. That is the best way to begin anything. Make certain you get a teacher that knows what they are speaking, too, otherwise it’s unlikely that you will ever be able to communicate properly.
There are languages that are more beautiful than others. Some places have ways of saying things that resonate with a person’s soul, their entire being. Silence, too, is a language. It is not simple to speak in silence, but it is beautiful. I was told once that the French have a word – or a phrase – to describe that moment right before orgasm, which I think is particularly special. I should like to know if that is true. If it isn’t, perhaps it should be.
Language serves more purposes than communication. It carries in its essence everything we have all ever been. When we think in that way about ourselves, the world as we know it, it would make sense to value each and every language that has ever been developed. It would make sense to value the people that speak those languages, too.
02 Jun 2014 · 14:50
Wherever you are in this world, you are likely to encounter foreigners. If you should travel, you yourself will be a foreigner. Feeling foreign is stressful. Being treated as a foreigner is an uncomfortable feeling. Particularly when that treatment is ongoing no matter how long you stay in a place. Perhaps it is simply suspicion that makes people treat foreigners as if they were a lesser breed. Perhaps it is more than that. Fear of difference (… yawn …) keeps guards up, and this prevents open exchange between strangers. You cannot have an open exchange with someone you mistrust. It is important to trust yourself, too, it enables you to trust others without fear. Foreigners are not usually dangerous. It is safe to say there are more people on this planet that can be trusted, than those that cannot. Just open your ears. You will hear the difference, no matter what language comes rolling off a tongue.
Foreigners are a valuable source of income for any country. They can also be an education if you can be bothered to give them the time of day. Prejudice against anything foreign, or new, is not productive for anybody. You cannot hope to grow when you are not interested to learn from another how they happened upon life, how it has moulded them. The way you are – and the way you feel about that, as well the way you feel about your place in the world around you speaks for you when you enter into open exchange with someone from another country. If they are interested to speak to you, they will read your ‘type’ in your eyes. Your upbringing will show itself, your conditioning. If you will not meet the eyes of a foreigner simply because they are foreign, you are rude. If you will not meet the eyes of a woman, for whatever reason, you are even ruder.
Being foreign in a place should be enjoyable and exciting. It is a learning. Everyone should be bothered about learning from each other. You cannot make the jump you need to make into your future without the insights of people who are not like you. You cannot get where you need to be without cooperation. We are like keys and locks – each one of us. Give benefit of the doubt where possible. It is good for you. It is also good for the other person. If you are taken advantage of, you will learn what not to do again.
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