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April 10, 2012 By Joseph P. Farrell

In some of my books - The Giza Death Star Destroyed, The Cosmic War, and most recently The Grid of the Gods with co-author Scott de Hart - I have often discussed what composer-conductor Leonard Bernstein called The Tower of Babel Moment of History(see Leonard Bernstein, The Unanswered Question: Six Talks at Harvard, Lecture one, "Musical Phonology.")  In the Grid of the Gods Dr de Hart and I pointed out something we had long talked about in private conversations, namely, that in various religious traditions from around the world, that primordial human unity that was broken in the "Tower of Babel Moment" occurs in different ways. For the Mayans and some others, it is the breaking of a primordial androgyny. For the Mesopotamians, the breaking of both a linguistic and an economic-social unity. And of course, in the Old Testament, it is the breaking of the linguistic unity, with all the social, cultural, and even economic implications that that implies.

Now the reason I'm reviewing all of this is as follows: with the emergence of the internet, the globe spanning reach of English as a "universal language", the emergence of growing integration in the global market, and the decline of small languages, some linguists are predicting that the bulk of the world's languages may become extinct as this cultural phenomenon grows and takes root:

Majority of world’s languages to be extinct by next century

We can confidently predict that the major languages, Spanish, English, Mandarin, Arabic.... will persist, but already, as noted, English is becoming the language of choice in several industries(the airline industry for example), and the sciences. What it emerging, in other words, as a consequence of our economic and technological reintegration, is the linguistic reintegration. What is being accomplished, is the reversal of the Tower of Babel Moment, barring some catastrophic failure of this global information infrastructure.Other languages will of course survive, just as they did in the Empire of Alexander the Great, which nonetheless spread Greek as the dominant language of the empire itself.

I mention all this because there is a further context in which all this must be understood, namely, the growing conflicts and clashes of civilization types, ala Samuel Huntington's Clash of Civilizations. Which language emerges as the dominant global language after such a clash - be it Chinese of the East, Arabic of the Muslim world, or English/Spanish of the Euro-Western world - is a moot point, since that clash itself may thrust humanity back into the Tower of Babel Moment once again.