Some people may laugh at the idea that thinking in a certain language would change one’s perception of the world, and, as a consequence, one’s being and acting in the world. (A famous variety of this idea is the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis.)
Yet, I so often hear newcomers to Esperanto being surprised by the ”welcoming”, ”friendly” (and so on!) society of Esperanto speakers. An article from The Verge claims that
to speak Esperanto is to become an automatic citizen in the most welcoming non-nation on Earth
This has me wondering:
- Is the general friendliness of the Esperanto community merely a product of culture and traditions? – – or:
- Does Esperanto as a language really somehow ”re-wire” your brain to think in a more holistic and empathetic way? – – or, in other words:
- Would a jerk be less of a jerk when communicating/thinking in Esperanto?