|[Copyright Duncan Hull]|
Because there has been implanted in us the power to persuade each other and to make clear to each other whatever we desire, not only have we escaped the life of wild beasts, but we have come together and founded cities and made laws and invented arts. (2)
|[Copyright Traci Gardner]|
I hadn't really thought about it before, but the thing that allows different groups to live in relative peace one with another is the ability to understand and convey ideas and desires. Similarly, the exchange of ideas necessary for the development of government, art, religion, and technological progression is dependent upon this ability to communicate with and influence other individuals. I would submit, on the other hand, that a vast majority of international conflicts are based around the inability of nations and people to adequately communicate and influence one another. A great many of the wars in which America has engaged over the past 50 years have been with nations whose languages differ significantly from English (and for that matter, from the proto-Indo-European family as a whole). Is it possible that these conflicts arise (or, from a more cynical perspective, are made feasible) simply based on a lack of mutual understanding? How is digital media creating spaces where people can bridge gaps and create ties where they might have been otherwise precluded?