Seven Thoughts on Language and Saving the Planet

Why multi-lingualism could be the answer.

Photo: Andhrastea Pipperly

If literally everything becomes computerized, is there a reason to continue to read or write language?

Writing is scratching on the wall. But to understand language? That’s something else.

Europeans are literally smarter than Americans. It’s standard for them to learn at least two languages.

The key to fixing our schools and educational system is to make sure that our students learn multiple languages in secondary school, as a foundation for all other learning.

The only way we can share our collective knowledge with one another as a species is by learning each other’s languages.

The ability to communicate is the most important thing in survival.

Only knowing one language limits how far your mind can go. We need languages in order to think with complexity and experience deep feelings to push the bounds of our collective intelligence.