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The Power of Language

The Power of Language

Language is the key to understanding and understanding is the key to peace.

I’m not saying anything original or profound with that statement. I’m actually a bit shocked at how many times I need to keep re-learning this basic lesson. Language is a key — and keys open doors.

A few nights ago, Cape Town tourism entrepreneurs Buntu (shown in the photo above) and Ayanda gave Team Parea a crash course in Xhosa, a common South African native tongue also known as a “click” language. All we learned was “hello,” “how are you,” “I’m fine,” and “thank you,” but employing these terms over the last few days has been pure magic.

“Molo Bhuti” — the gender specific greeting for a man — earns a smile and generous conversation from every Uber driver. “Enkosi kakhulu” (thank you very much) is an immediate ice breaker with every barista, server, cashier. . .

It’s a simple thing. It’s almost the least we humans can do to connect with one another. But even minimal effort to show courtesy and grace by employing a person’s own vocabulary is necessary to build a bridge.

And more bridges are desperately needed in this world.

Peace through Community

Peace through Community

The words of Steve Biko

The words of Steve Biko