Jason posted some interesting stuff today about Esperanto. It’s a language invented more than a hundred years ago, and it was supposed to be a universal worldwide “second language” so that we could all communicate. Sadly, it continues to have only about 2 million speakers. I’ve been fascinated by the concept for years, though. So romantic, that we should all be able to transcend our differences and compromise and all learn something new. In reality, the world’s second language is English, the language of commerce, power, empire. When I finally publish (web, book, whatever) that first collection of poetry, I’m calling it “esperanto.” It’s such a lonely but noble idea.