Please see my comments and responses to your comments in italics, following or adjacent to your previous message, which I've copied into this reply:
I don't know how to respond while being polite.
[b][i]Perhaps you edited out all the rude stuff. Your comments seem perfectly polite. Thank you for that. [/i][/b]
Clearly you didn't get the sarcasm and in addition you made so many incorrect assumptions and leaps from my post(s?) it is hard to even respond. I would say it is just my poor writing, but I have to assume part of it is you. That you are reading my words with a conformist mentality.
Yes, I was referring to languages other then your first language. [i][b] I got that. I was being sarcastic, too.[/i][/b] I said nothing to indicate I reject multiculturalism. You approached what I wrote with the cliched view that everyone who doesn't agree with the importance of learning another language must be a xenophobe and closed-minded---when the exact opposite is true. You might look at my other response above.
[i][b] You say that you don't reject multiculturalism. So I misinterpreted your meaning when you state that you don't need a new language to "get all cultural and cozy up to others so I can further my worldview." Unless you are doing this in some sort of pantomime, then you must be relying on your correspondent's knowledge of English. In which case IT is the foreign language. The other possibility is that you choose not to speak with anyone at all, but gain your cultural insights through non-linguistic means, such as architecture or cuisine. While interesting, such appreciations of other cultures strike me as incomplete. Thus I continue to assert that even though you believe yourself to be accepting of multicultural viewpoints, your understanding of them is less profound than you realize. Also: in no way did I mean to imply that everyone who doesn't agree with the importance of learning another language is a xenophobe. My wording was quite specific. I was referring to you and people like you. By that I mean people who believe they have a more profound understanding of things than they actually do, but who nonetheless do not hesitate to produce lengthy discourses on the correctness of their viewpoint. Happily, this latter subset of people is but a small minority. Most people who think they know more than they actually do are content to keep such ideas to themselves. Perhaps they are protected by a subconscious self-awareness of their ignorance--a word I use non-pejoratively to mean lack of knowledge in a passive sense, and not an active rejection of learning.[/i][/b]
A good grasp of philosophy. [i][b] Is that it? What about mathematics? Science? Economics? [/i][/b]
I feel you should be slower to suggest that I am ignorant, single-minded and without curiosity---perhaps, these rushes to judgement are what lead to war. [i][b] I enjoy one advantage that you do not. I learned another language as an adult. So I know what it's like to speak only one language, and I have some idea of what I didn't know about and could not conceive of before acquiring my second language. And although I hold a master's degree in it, I know that my understanding of it is far from perfect. Even after living for two years and attending college in that foreign language, I appreciate that I will never achieve a complete understanding of the culture. Do you assert that you can appreciate the culture as fully or more fully than I can without the burden of learning the other language? [/i][/b]
I'm sorry, but there is no nice way of putting this, and I hope I am not making the same mistakes you made above---I think you don't have the type of intelligence required to understand my view. This doesn't make you a bad person---just different from me. I'm also sorry, that even though we speak the same language we still can't understand each other. Would a linguist help? Or are there some barriers that language can't bridge? [i][b] I'm relieved to know that I'm not a bad person simply because I lack the intelligence to understand you, and bow before your obviously superior mind. I apologize for my lack of ability to empathize or understand you, and thank you for your gentle kindness towards me by indulging my lack of intellect and gracing me with your valuable insights and experience. Perhaps when I'm older i will come to understand the depth of your wisdom. Or perhaps such wisdom will come to me only after I have fully mastered English.[/i][/b]
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