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Why English Became the Collective Language of a Global Sort

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Submitted by M Tovey (United States), Nov 2, 2021 at 15:27

Being raised in an English speaking environment, this observer was immersed in what is singularly the most divergent societal setting that the modern world has even experienced; that will all the failing and failures of the American historical presence in the world, it is still considered by some (the jury is still waiting for the final evidence of prejudicial preferences that desire to contradict what the world would be like if there never was an America) as the most successful non-empire government, even as it is being corrupted by non-Constitutional abuses of the loss of law and order by agents of then enemies of American freedoms. Do we dare incite the idea that English speaking purveyors of the freedoms won from the English speaking Greater Britannia. But how did the British speaking world gain this highly regarded, but also highly contested honor of political renown?
Among the contenders of the post Medieval escape from the Middle Ages of Islamic contentions of empires, the land of the Anglo-Saxons were evidently able to rise to the occasion of superiority over most of the European dominions, only to be surpassed in the 20th Century by the petulant colonists of the Western hemisphere, America. Even as that was challenged in both World Wars One and Two by their German cousins, America emerged, even temporarily, to super power status. How long will this last?
Unfortunately, to that intent, this requires understanding in English, which does speak to how long the world will endure the failures being presented at the G20 summit and the Glasgow global debates. And if English does get lost in the translation, then there is the last resort, translating back to the original language of the single greatest contribution of English language, the King James Bible, which set the stages of today's formations and transformations of inferior governments.
Then English will likely not be the language of international intentions when determining that democracy failed to uphold the freedoms of a world seeking desperately to find peace, but did not know how to find it.
What language will search for truth when all else fails? Therein lays the conundrum.


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