: to imitate
We like to imitate. We like to match the speed of the car in front of us, play at racing them but really just catch up. We tense when others tense, and feel free when others do. As children, we’d see someone panting after a run and wonder how they’re so dramatic in their breaths, and then we’d want to try it too. We’re built to be overcome with the desire to do everything possible, knowing that we can if someone else does it.
: to rewrite
Everyone speaks a language.
In a way we are all linguists: we learn languages well to transcend to a multi-verse of communication. And with knowledge comes power: we can understand each other’s culture, their tendencies, read their minds as simply as we can read lips.
Talents do not thrive in isolation, and neither do linguists. Find people with language in their toolkit, of not flowery but leaf-like nature, with less writing and more translation. Find people that could not just read but write you, re-write, in a way that only linguists can. Only then will our intellect grow. And only then will our perspectives grow.
: to translate
Only in a society of great diversity, where there are people who feel secure in specializing in unique abilities, can new heroes arise. Evolution can only function well when there is such diversity. As such, a diverse and cooperative society will suffer less during periods of adversity and recover faster. A “monoculture” of educational outcomes is thus more vulnerable in challenging times. To unexpected problems will arise unexpected solutions from unexpected heroes with talents we’d never have foreseen us needing.
: to record
Thus, if we fail to be aware of the limitations of language, then we are in danger of reducing our concept, our intuition and awe of nature and the world into these soundbites we call words. Instead of our emotional intelligence being engaged, it is in danger of being silenced.
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