“Dry” is a short story inspired by a nightmare wherein I died of thirst. Incidentally, did you know the mega-rich are buying up freshwater sources?
It is projected that between 50 and 90 percent of all languages spoken today will become extinct by the year 2100.
“What’s the big deal?” some people ask. “It’s not as if minority language speakers will suddenly not be able to communicate. Languages like Spanish or English or Chinese are better economically anyway.”
This line of thought is perplexing to me. Other animals exhibit empathy, tool use, even some elements of culture. Out of the vastness of the universe, only one species has demonstrated the ability to use language. It seems we have an instinct for language, something no other creature possesses. This instinct has pushed us to create something rich, colorful, and infinitely diverse.
And yet there are people who think this amazingly colorful, unique element of humanity is worthless.
This is something I posted on Duolingo:
Usually indigenous languages die because of racism, imperialism, and related dystopian issues. Communities rarely [if ever?] intentionally give up their languages because language is part of their culture – they are often forced to give up their language. For example, in residential schools, kids were punished for speaking their language and the result was they were afraid to ever speak it, even to their own children when they became adults. Some indigenous groups consider their language sacred, a literal gift from the heavens, so imagine the pain of not being able to speak it, either because you don’t know it or because you will be punished for speaking it.
I think this is one of the major reasons to support language revitalization – to help heal communities.
I think most minority language speakers would rather their children be bilingual than to just let their language die.
For people who speak English as their mothertongue, they may not understand what it is like to speak a language that is closely tied to one’s ethnicity, history, land, or culture. And I think that is why a lot of native English speakers ask questions like “Why not just let minority languages die?”
It is easy to underestimate the power of language.
Tonight is the night of the full moon.
The silvery orb illumines the sky with myth, magic, and mystery, the same nocturnal ornament known to our ancestors in the depths of the ancient past. They worshiped the moon – and no wonder: mover of waves, light in the dark, tide of women’s blood, regulator of hormones…the moon is humanity’s satellite as much as it is Earth’s.
Its pale light offers a healing reprieve from the ravages of the day.All of us need darkness – like seedlings, like babies in the womb, like caterpillars in metamorphosis – to grow, to heal, to reflect. The moon sees what the sun, in its gaudy brightness, cannot. It illuminates that which we do not need light to see.
One day the moon will end its dance with Earth and go spiraling away into the cosmic vastness, and the moon’s silver mystery will continue elsewhere…
Our ancestors are always with us. All of humanity can trace its lineage to a single ancestor: Mitochondrial Eve, a woman who lived in Africa approximately 200,000 years ago. Our ancestors struggled to give us everything we have today. If they could see us, would they be proud?
In this article from the Oklahoma Gazette, Muscogee Freedmen descendant Ron Graham examines his ancestry and criticizes the forces that want prevent him from regaining his ancestral heritage.
An Election Day Rant
Donald Drumpf: a man without any political experience, endorsed by the Ku Klux Klan, a man without any coherent strategy [“it’s the Muslims’ fault!” isn’t a strategy], a man who raped a child and who makes crude sexual comments about his own daughter and whose own ex-wife characterized an event between them as “rape,” a man without morals, a man who made fun of a disabled reporter and attacked a dead soldier’s family, a pathological liar, a man with numerous failed business ventures and lawsuits.
Donald Drumpf is the embodiment of privilege. And now he is president, defeating a competent and capable woman. Hillary wasn’t perfect, but guess what? She’s a human being in a flawed system – of course she wasn’t perfect.
Third party voters are partially to blame. On Twitter, rumors are spreading that several thousand idiots “voted” for Harambe, a dead gorilla. Voting isn’t about your pure, personal views; it’s about what is best for the country. It’s certainly not a time for pointless jokes. From the torture of Sufragettes to the tribulations of the Civil Rights Era, people suffered and died to secure your right to vote.
Voting is a pragmatic action that takes our country one step closer to something better. I wonder if any 3rd party voters have second thoughts now that a meme has become president.
Of course, third party liberals are not the only reason why this election was a disaster. Florida has a long history of voter suppression, for example. This was the first presidential election in 50 years that did not have the protections of the Voting Rights Act.
This country has changed, and not for the better. What we are witnessing is backlash to years of social progress: marriage equality, better protections for minorities, women visible in all areas of life.
It just goes to show how hate will always be more powerful than hope.
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