However I like to discuss a broader topic on the written language in general. Does words have any value beyond literal meaning and communication?
It seems at it's most based level, language was invented so that one person can communicate with another person. Communicate the physical world around them and the emotional feelings inside them.
However this purely functional beginning seemed to morph into language has some sort of intrinsic beauty in of itself that goes beyond it's literal meaning which is mot demonstrated in the more abstract nature of poetry, literature and even lyrics.
Unfortunately this is not something I have ever really related to. It always seems to me kinda confusing that "good lyrics" is expressing the same idea in a roundabout way instead of too the point. Using words that doesn't literally express the idea you want but implies the idea via various poetic method simply because it's more aesthetically pleasing to express it in a indirect way
Sure I found lyrics or even poetry or books or movies to be beautiful before. However only because the story they tell or the message they express the emotions they reveal is beautiful. I mean yeah I like The Kinks lyrics because they have interesting characters with interesting stories and has a sense of humour. However does the actual words itself is intrinsically pleasing? I'm not too sure
I guess I remember hearing about people lamenting about how the number of unique languages in the world is declining every year due to globalisation and while this is often reported as a negative thing.
I just think as a liberal thinker who rejects right wing conservatism and preserving tradition for the sake of it. If the reason why language was invented in the first place was purely functional to allow communication from one individual to another. If people out of their free will choose to communicate in a language that is more able to communicate with more people instead of a language that communicates with less people (and hence eventually that language eventually dies), that is more within the spirit to why the language was developed in the first place. Trying to preserve the language for the sake of it seems to be similar to someone worshipping the paper the constitution is written on rather than the idea the constitution is expressing.
The only counter argument I could think of is that languages have a unique aesthetic values that simply can't be translated to another language without losing something. For example a poetry may used words because it rhymes or various word plays of similar sounding words like alliteration, can't be translated to another language simply by translating the word literally. Hence the lost of language is a lost of an entire art form reliant on words not just a method of communication.
That argument relies on an individual finding any sort of aesthetic values and pleasures in those art forms which I don't have. Even if for argument sake that there is value in language beyond literal communication, surely the literal communication is more important than the extraneous non-essential elements like poetry or literature where the literal meaning can be translated even if the aesthetic beauty and craftsmanship can't be.
I remember with outright wonder hearing my dad explained about how the Vietnamese used to write the written language with Chinese characters and how after the French colonisation where a French priest started writing the Vietnamese language with Latin character. The Vietnamese public saw the shear convenience of writing in Latin characters in comparison to the complex Chinese character and the fact that the Vietnamese has a historical antagonism with the Chinese (due to thousands years of occupation) allowed Vietnamese out of their free will adopt the Latin character (now French colonialism certainly enforced a lot of things to Vietnamese people so I'm not saying that was a benign thing but the adoption of Latin character was not something forced upon the Vietnamese)
I remember thinking what progressive liberal thinking. To be able to examine thousands of years of tradition as central as the written language and just abandon it due to pragmatic consideration of how easy it is to teach, learn and communicate. Sure the result it's that most Vietnamese people are unable to read ancient Vietnamese text. However there will always be specialist people who could translate it even if there will be things lost in the process.
It seems to me the world will be better off if it adopt that progressive mindset and all the world unite and peacefully decide to pick one language and the rest of the languages of the world just die off via natural death saved one. So there will no longer be barriers for communication. The one surviving language could be Chinese, English, Spanish, Arabic, Swahili, whatever it doesn't matter as long as there is only one