Counter culture becomes mainstream when the norm is toxic and society looses its center. Eventually not being recognizable in its original form.
English speaking cultures notoriously have a spotty sense of direction. How clear would you say the rules of structure are in English language?
The difference between normal English and the Queens’ English for instance.
And there is no difference between how you structure the order of your words and how you structure your sense of location and direction. This leads even to cultural gaps. French speaking people have a better sense of direction, and even if an English speaking person is speaking French when they ask for help, they can tell the person is a native English speaker. The person may even be fluent in French, they can still tell. Something similar happens in Japanese. Their own language structure is more holistic. They create both compound words in their text as well as their speech to arrive at new words, so each word is inherently descriptive. They can have one word that means tall evergreen. So when they name things, they name what appears to them as a positive entity, an actual place in this case. They name blocks not streets. This is also why they are better at math in general than English speaking people. For them, mathematical processes are more conversational, more like listening for the rhyme in poetry. Despite our differences we do all share common ground.
Interesting, sort of like German too. Yes.
It is interesting how language guides thought.
So how on earth did an English speaking country get to rule the world instead of a Japanese one? Rulers like ambiguity? Yes, as do merchants. English only existed originally to serve as a trade language, and it still serves that purpose. They even originally held it in contempt as an artistic medium. It was considered too vague and ugly, lacked substance.
Yes, I don’t meet many non-English speakers these days. You do meet many bi-lingual individuals though you may never learn that they are. They have found that bi-lingual people reason more objectively in their second language.
We still use Latin but I’ve never heard any one speak it as a common language. It feels so formal. Ah, it isn’t a conversational language anymore in any country, but it was adopted for that very reason for scientific purposes, the clarity and formalism. Now it even has an intimidating facet, like spooky magick words. Watch out! He’s speaking science!
Or Catholic. Ah, even more scary there.
So we all share the sense in common, and how the senses originally shape our sense of space.
I’ve been hearing that our language skills are poorer now that we text everything. No one speaks or uses ink as much. They even want to stop teaching kids to write cursive. Yes, and it’s common to give into the temptation to use short hand or the equivalent.
Your thoughts are welcome. Be well friends.