Universal Languages

Whether you speak English, French, German, Irish, or any of the other languages of the world, and whatever your cultural upbringing, people readily unite over music and children.

Music is a universal language that can be enjoyed by anyone of any tongue or background. People all over the world sing along to songs even though they may not understand the lyrics, because the music touches their soul. It could be rock and roll, pop, opera, classical, or any of the other genres, but music has the ability to reach past boundaries that might normally keep us apart.

“Music…It’ll break all language barriers.” – Paddy Keenan from the film Dambé – The Mali Project

Small children are great uniters as well. Few people can help but smile and fuss over an infant or small child, whether you are acquainted with that child or not. I’ve seen this phenomenon everywhere from hometown shopping malls to airports in foreign countries. I have no problem smiling, waving, or saying hello to a curious child as I pass them by, likely never to see most of them again.

A friend of mine recently related an experience that proves this point. Although she is half Danish, she had trouble being accepted in the country because of her French (other half) appearance. However, as she took her blond haired, pale blue eyed toddler to visit relatives in Denmark, she found herself for the first time, welcomed as one of their own.

Wouldn’t it be nice if we could spend more time concentrating on the things that unite us rather than focusing on our differences and divisions? The world would certainly be a better place.

About musingmirror

A writer of many genres, always in search of creative inspiration.
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