WHAT WOULD THE WORLD BE LIKE WITHOUT LANGUAGES?

The world with only one language. An intriguing prospect? A scary one? Or perhaps quite attractive? If you have never given this thought a thought, let me paint a picture for you. And although I am no painter, I will try my very best to do it as vividly as I only can.

The world without languages would be like a year with only one season.

It would be like a season with only one month.

It would be like a month with only one week.

It would be like a week with only one day.

It would be like a day with only one hour.

It would be like an hour with only one minute.

It would be like a minute with only one second.

 

The world without languages would be like the sky with only one cloud.

It would be like the moon with only one star.

It would be like a rainbow with only one colour.

It would be like a poem with only one verse.

It would be like a song with only one note.

It would be like an orchestra with only one instrument.

It would be like a football team with only one player.

It would be like Olympic Games with only one sport.

It would be like a box with only one chocolate.

It would be like Grey with only one shade.

It would be like a life with only one dream.

 

The world without languages would be like an ocean with only dolphins.

It would be like a jungle with only monkeys.

It would be like a farm with only pigs.

It would be like a forest with only pine trees.

It would be like a garden with only roses.

 

The world without languages would be like a wine store that sells only Bordeaux.

It would be like a bar that serves only whisky.

It would be like a restaurant that prepares only coq au vin.

It would be like a bakery that makes only apple pies.

It would be like a library that holds only Shakespeare’s works.

It would be like a cinema that shows only comedies.

 

The world without languages would be like Europe with only France.

It would be like the USA with only New York.

It would be like the UK with only England.

It would be like Oceania with only New Zealand.

It would be like Hawaiʻi with only Oʻahu.

It would be like French Polynesia with only Bora Bora.

It would be like Cook Islands with only Rarotonga.

It would be like Vanuatu with only Espiritu Santo.

It would be like Kiribati with only Tarawa.

It would be like the Federated States of Micronesia with only Pohnpei.

 

The world without languages would be like the three musketeers without Athos and Aramis.

It would be like the A-Team without Hannibal and Howling Mad.

It would be like Ninja Turtles without Michelangelo and Raphael.

It would be like Batman without Robin.

It would be like Lilo without Stich.

It would be like Tom without Jerry.

It would be like Chip without Dale.

 

The world without languages would be like winter with no snow.

It would be like summer with no sun.

It would be like autumn with no reds.

It would be like spring with no blossoms.

It would be like a desert with no sand.

It would be like a storm with no thunders.

It would be like a fire with no flames.

It would be like a car with no engine.

It would be like a cry with no tears.

It would be like love with no butterflies.

It would be like hope with no faith.

It would be like a heart with no heartbeat.

 

The world without languages would be an extremely unexciting place to live. It would be not enough. It would be too little. It would be empty. It would be bereft of flavour, beauty, and charm. It would be stripped of diversity. It would be monotonous. It would be plain. It would be uninteresting.

 

The world without languages just wouldn’t be the same.

 

The world without languages would be a world I definitely wouldn’t want to live in. And would you?


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