I try to avoid making every blog entry about Esperanto. As enthusiastic about the language and its potential as I am, the universe is filled with other interesting things to talk about. However, the statistics package that comes with the hosted version of this blog software tells me that I always get the most page views when I post something about Esperanto. Which goes to show you that there are more esperanto nerds than archery nerds. I could blog about aviation, but there’s something unappealing about blogging about one’s job.
But here’s one more post about Esperanto, and then I promise to give it a rest for at least a few days. (Hey! It’s the weekend, and I have other things to do than sit at the computer, ‘k?)
There were two pieces of information regarding the use of Esperanto floating about the blogesphere that caught my eye in the last couple of days.
One was a comment by Brian Barker of Esperanto Lobby as a response to my last post. He is spreading the news that the Universala Esperanto-Asocio has been nominated by eight British Members of Parliament for the Nobel Peace Prize for 2008. And evidently, according to Amikema, by two members of the Swiss Parliament. If I read it correctly, the UEA is being credited with running a grass-roots peace movement.
When people are talking to each other, they are less likely to shoot at each other. Sounds like a great plan to me!
The other item is an article in the NewStatesmen, publised May 22, 2008, Observations on Esperanto, by Clare Provost. You can find the article here. The Libera Esperanto-Asocio en Hokkajdo seeks to use Esperanto as an information vehicle between anti-globalization activists in Japan and the rest of the world. These are people that the Japanese security forces consider to be dangerous.
Esperanto, like any other language, can be used by anybody who wants to learn it. It makes sense that people whose motivations are not entirely peaceful would eventually want to communicate with other like-minded activists in other cultures.
But it also makes sense that Esperanto would become a tool for people who oppose efforts to make everybody in the world look the same.