MONDAY, JUNE 05, 2006
Press 1 for English
I called up Orlando Utilities Commission because our power was out. I get "Press 1 for English; Para Espanol marche dos."
What is up with that? I live in an English speaking country; it should be assumed that I speak English.
If this was a private company I would not only understand, but I would fight for their right to use whatever language they want... but it isn't. It is the public utilities service.
Since I am on the topic of language, let me point something out. When God wanted to disintegrate the people at Babel he confused their language. The language barrier is one of the most fragmenting aspects of humans--moreso than color and religion. Before we start embrasing multiple, coexisting languages, we need to think about the effects that it *will* have.
I am not against Spanish-speaking people or anything... I am not saying that they are worth more or less to God or our society. I am just saying that God knew that fragmenting language would provide an adequate barrier so the barrier must truely exist.
Posted by Chet at 10:35 AM
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