Have you ever sat down and thought about what is really important in life? Really important to you? What kinds of things do you usually come up with? Love, Respect, Communication? Being recognized for a job well done? Freedom to create and express your life to others?
How about in your family? Have you ever sat down as a family and discussed what was important to you as a group? Or maybe your Mom or Dad ‘laid down the law’ so to speak. What was important then? Kids doing their homework? Coming home before curfew? A good education?
What about at work? I’m sure you’ve heard or read about or have been involved with creating a ‘mission statement’ for a company at one time or another.
“Our company shall strive to provide real time solutions to emerging problems in a timely manner with respect for the environment and the community.”
“Company XYZ envisions a future where everybody uses XYZ products for the enlightenment of man and the realization of life’s purpose.”
How about this one: “McDonald’s vision is to be the world’s best quick service restaurant experience. Being the best means providing outstanding quality, service, cleanliness and value, so that we make every customer in every restaurant smile.” No kidding.
What about the mission statement for theÂ leadersÂ ofÂ your country?
What do you think the three most important values of the entire human race are? Well, let’s have a look,Â shall we?
One way to look at what’s important is what are the most widely spoken languages in the world today. Perhaps they can give us a clue.
The most spoken language today is Mandarin Chinese, with about a billionÂ speakers. That’s a lot of people. How’d they get so numerous? Well, most of them live in China, so they didn’t invadeÂ surroundingÂ countriesÂ to spread their language. So one conclusion is that they got to be number one in terms of language spoken by sheer reproductive success and effectiveness. So the most spoken language in the world is spokenÂ by the people that made the most people.
How about the second most spoken language in the world? English. And how did English get to be so popular? Maybe it might have something to do with the fact that up until a couple hundred years ago, “the sun never set on the English empire.” So English, then, was spread around the world because the English themselves spread it around the world. For what purpose? Namely trade. Business. So the second most spoken language in the world was spread because of worldwide interest in commerce.
How about the third most spoken language in the world? Spanish. And who spread the Spanish language? Spain of course. And what was the underlying motivation forÂ Spanish people in the old days roaming the planet and spreading their language? Religion. Generally speaking, firstÂ the priests would come, and then the conquistadors.
So there you have it. A quick study in how different languages were spread around the world yields a quick and dirty look into the three mostÂ important things that haveÂ generally been important to the human race over the last thousand years or so.