“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.”
“The limits of my language mean the limits of my world”
— Ludwig Wittgenstein
“Cultural survival is not about preservation, sequestering indigenous peoples in enclaves like some sort of zoological specimens. Change itself does note destroy a culture. All societies are constantly evolving. Indeed a culture survives when it has enough confidence in its past and enough say in its future to maintain its spirit and essence through all the changes it will inevitably undergo. ”
― Wade Davis,
Denying cultural expression means limiting the expression of unique perspectives on life and the transmission of knowledge from generation to generation.
Racism No Way
“…there are few contemporary matters that do not involve the problem of the illusion of cultural identity.” (Jean-Francois Bayart)
“When asked the meaning of being human, all the diverse cultures of the world respond with 10,000 different voices. ” Wade Davis.
When a language ceases to be learned by young children, its days are clearly numbered, and we can predict with near certainty that it will not survive the death of the current native speakers.