VARIABLES OF CULTURE: Food and Language (II)


Most times, it may not be enough reason that food is responsible for influencing the Culture of a particular community. What food does is open up the Community to accept as many options as possible.

This had been tested and trusted by Politicians (in Nigeria) who treat heads of workers’ union to a buffet before meeting with them for a critical issue as defined by union. The idea is that delicacies dished out to them will let down their guards and it always does if they happen to engaged themselves in the delicacies presented before them.

So if food destroys the defences by means of appealing to people’s appetite and pleasure, one of the major influencers of Culture it gives room for is language. The first thing it does is change people’s perception about a community and their attributes will continuously shift towards the language they are adopting as a superior language as they will begin to speak it more than their own native languages.

Language dos not only change one’s mode of communication, it also affects one’s perception, thoughts and actions. Language when imposed on community as the accepted means of communication changes the manner at which the community thinks and most importantly, the community will begin to think and act just as the language owners but not as efficient and effective.

Language is the most effective way of maintaining superiority over another community. No matter how well the adopters make use of the language, it is always the second tier to the owner.

“The innovation and improvement of the language of each community with due respect for other community’s language will definitely cause a global unification we all clamour for. The reason for global disparity despite all the attempt of unification is because everyone wants to dominate when they can simply work together respectfully and peacefully”

Each community should focus on its own language when it comes to using it as the means of defining their problems and creating lasting solutions to them. When the solutions are proffered, they can however communicate these created values to other communities in languages both parties understand. This means every community should have a communicative language that is secondary to its native or definitive language.

As opposed to what is widely promoted, both the value bringer and the value receiver must endeavour to communicate in the language of one another. More importantly, it is the bringer intending to graft something in other communities that must be diligently willing to learn how to best communicate the value they are bringing.

The native or definitive language must be responsible for creation of value and for responding to issues while the communicative language should be responsible for sharing the preferred responses that best addressed the issues. Every community should use its own language for definition of issues and creation of lasting responses while other languages can serve as means of interaction with other communities.



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