I've been ignoring this discussion, but you guys really need to stop this.
(Original post by Teaddict)
But you are absolutely right - to create a harmonious and functioning society there must be common ground. If someone doesn't speak the same language, they cannot function in an English speaking society. No one is asking them to give up their language or telling them they shouldn't use it; all that is being asked is that for, as you call it, sheer practicality, they learn the language of the country.
Premise 1: 'a harmonious and functioning society' - what does that even mean? And I mean, in a technical sense, stop being abstract. What does harmonious mean when you envision it in your mind's eye? And what does 'functioning' mean? Function and purpose are inseparable, so what purpose do you want, or rather, what end to do you desire for this 'functioning' society?
Premise 2: '...someone doesn't speak the same language, they cannot function in an English speaking society' - why not? But first, what function or purpose do you see for every constituent person in English speaking society? Coming back to the previous point, why can't a person who doesn't speak English 'function'? Deaf and dumb people 'function' well enough without being able to say a single word of any language.
Going back to your first premise, you said that a common language necessitates a 'harmonious and functioning society', can you give me a single period between 1066 and now, to make it simple, where society has been harmonious and it 'functioned'?
Last edited by D.R.E; 02-08-2011 at 19:00.