the sin of global homogenization
In Thailand, i met a wonderous creature: a man interested in Chinese traditional vocal music. His quest fascinated me and rekindled the notion in me that distinct cultural traditions absolutely need to be preserved/documented before they're lost. If we lose them, it's a sin against humanity and God. That notion made me realize the sin in the title of this brief article .. To support the argument, allow me to remind us we are constantly globalizing and homogenizing. It's inevitable. However, there is a specific technology that will support cultural diversity on the planet. Think about this idea please; it's very important: i propose we rapidly develop a high-tech portable 'universal translator' such that a spoken word in one language gets automatically translated to another desired language ("dog" or "fart" for example). We're very close to making this technology both portable and reliable. If we can produce an affordable device, using it will encourage diversity by allowing people of different cultures and languages to easily communicate with each other. Since many people are lazy, they're not going to bother learning another language they don't have to learn. Of course, those who want to learn another language are free to do so.. And for me, the bottom line about global homogenization, when it's forced, is patently Wrong and therefore sin.