Absolutely fascinating. And wow, you have actually described an historic occurrence through a literary lens (you are indeed a lover of the English language). The angles from which we can approach history are endless. My understanding of the Protestant Reformation includes the 95 Theses of Martin Luther and the quite hilarious actions of Henry VIII, which essentially, (but amongst other things), dissolved the monastic order and the Roman Catholic Church, which, in turn — wow, you are quite correct — catalyzed biblical translations from Latin to English.
The idiomatic assumptions of English: General have started to blur so that the old joke that “America and England are two countries divided by a common language” is slowly becoming less sensible. As time passes, and from the bottom up, English is starting to become one language.
So true. *All* languages are merely cultural interactions w symbols.
If Jung and Campbell — and Shiny (me) — are right about one of the key ingredients to empathy, then any clue suggesting shared points of cultural reference also suggest a climate in which it’s more possible to empathize across cultures.
I don’t know much about Jung or Campbell, but I studied deconstructionism (Derrida) and came away with a healthy hatred of literary theory. (Deconstruction is essentially a bird of a feather of Campbell, I believe).
Your response is really great. As far as what I meant by global atrocities … when I read your essay about Paradigm Shifts, I began to think about shifts of thought on a global scale. Idiocy, it can be argued, has lead to atrocities, internationally. So then I started wondering if atrocities, internationally, have occurred at the same times, and if not, why, why not?