Monday, February 10, 2014
Just in case
Somewhere in the Spirit of Laws Montesquieu writes about a society where the single guys who had made the biggest contribution to society would get their pick of the ladies. That's obviously impossible to organize and completely sexist, but I felt like I wanted to deserve the best, I wanted to make the single biggest contribution to humankind of my generation.
I think, in retrospect, working on hunger would have been better. I was too political, so I thought of tackling war. As I've written before, first I thought, after watching the PBS Frontline episode "The Jesus Factor," that it really was a religious thing to our leaders, as it certainly was to al-Qaeda. Then, however, investigating terrorism, Google gave me other ideas. I'd search for Basque, and I'd get the people and the language. I'd google Chechen, Uyghur and Tamil and get the same thing. I learned the Pashtun, Kurds, Somali and Ruanda-rundi speakers were all carved up by the Europeans. I learned the Caucasus mountain range was filled with small, isolated branches of a smallish, isolated language family.
So, my contribution is found at http://www.LanguageAndPeace.com.