How Do You Say ‘World Peace’ in Farsi?

I remember when Jessica told our grade 8 class

that her last class had done research and concluded

that world peace was not possible

until we all spoke one language.

I knew Jessica was smart and had gone to a smart school

so she must be right

because I’m twelve, what do I know about world peace?

It has taken me twenty-five years to finally see

that the language isn’t Esperanto

but love

or

armas in Esperanto.

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8 thoughts on “How Do You Say ‘World Peace’ in Farsi?

  1. Steven Myers

    i’m with you on this one.
    throw esperanto to the wolves
    and put john lennon’s undershirts for sale on sotheby’s
    with all proceeds going to reviving endangered languages.

    i always liked how close the words
    “alms” and “arms” were to each other and still are..
    like peace and war are inseparable
    and the image of a soldier holding a prayer book
    somehow seems more accurate than a hallmark card.

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    1. cottonbombs Post author

      You mentioned Esperanto earlier in one of your poems and I have been chewing on this idea ever since, so again, thank you for the inspiration. This is just the start. I got a couple more in the oven on this similar theme. When they are ready I will take them out and let them cool on the windowsill and hope people come along and help themselves to a piece. We put effort into endangered species, we should also try and save endangered languages.

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      1. cottonbombs Post author

        It is fun, isn’t it? To write and to have your words come back to you in a different form. Like the first person who tried the mouldy bread and declared it alcohol.

  2. Brian Barker

    @cottonbuds

    Many ill-informed people describe Esperanto as “failed” – others say that if human beings were meant to fly, God would have given them wings.

    Esperanto is neither artificial nor a failure however. As the British Government now employs Esperanto translators it has ceased to be a hobby. More recently this international language was used to address the United Nations in Bonn.

    During a short period of 125 years Esperanto is now in the top 100 languages, out of 6,800 worldwide. It is the 22nd most used language in Wikipedia, ahead of Danish and Arabic. It is a language choice of, Skype, Firefox, Ubuntu and Facebook and Google translate recently added to its prestigious list of 64 languages.

    Native Esperanto speakers, (people who have used the language from birth), include World Chess Champion Susan Polger, Ulrich Brandenberg the new German Ambassador to and Nobel Laureate Daniel Bovet. Financier George Soros learnt Esperanto as a child.

    Esperanto is a living language – see http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-8837438938991452670

    Their new online course http://www.lernu.net has 125 000 hits per day and Esperanto Wikipedia enjoys 400 000 hits per day. That can’t be bad 🙂

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    1. cottonbombs Post author

      Thank you for your thoughtful response. I am in favor of anything that brings people together, from meeting you here to the potential of a language to unite us all. Though, I love the idea and inspiration behind Esperanto, English has such a foot hold in this world already, and is so much more textured than Esperanto. With only 16,000 root words, Esperanto is limited compared to the over 600,000 we’ve got to chose from in this language that unites us now. Sure, it can be argued that most people limit themselves to 16,000 words or less, still, why curb the potential of rich conversation by the musings of the mediocre? Again, I have great respect for Zamenhof for creating his new language, I just think if someone is looking to get into a second language for the purpose of bridging linguistic gaps, English is the better choice. Sure, I am biased because I was born into this language, but I see Esperanto like the city of Brasilia: ambitious, well intentioned, well designed, but dry.

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  3. granbee

    And YOU are the smart one now, Peter. Millions have spent 50 years since the 8th grade and still do not know that the language of world peace is love! You are way ahead of the curve here!

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    1. cottonbombs Post author

      Thank you, Rose! I’m trying to learn about this world as fast as possible. Today the heart, tomorrow I’m getting into trigonmetrics and its impact on table settings. I hope it can unlock the mystery: why do we put the fork on the left?

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