Esperanto is an international created language that has been around for over a hundred years, and was intended by its creator to be a harbinger of world peace and understanding. Esperanto is a verbal language, different from Empatharian, and current estimates are nearly 2 million speakers worldwide.
Here in the USA, it’s not so well known, however in Europe, Latin America and even China, Esperanto is still being taught as a second language with great potential for the world. Many think of it as a Lingua Franca, which means a language for trade, but it is more than that, on many levels.
Created by Polish ophthalmologist L. L. Zamenhof in 1887, to be an easy and flexible language that would serve as a universal second language to foster world peace and international understanding, and also to build a “community of speakers”, as he believed that one could not have a language without such a community.
Esperanto has yearly Congresses in various worldwide locations, and an “ Akademio de Esperanto” partly modeled on L’Academie Francaise which shepherds any changes to the language, attempting to maintain it as it was originally, but with modern world phrases. There are magazines, periodicals tailored to specific regions, and books and poetry being written in Esperanto. With the advent of the internet, Esperanto has popularized with several language learning platforms shepherding many new speakers.
The language is touted as an excellent entry language into learning other languages, improving long term language learning in the new language as well. The criticism of Esperanto as not having a culture of its own, is actually its greatest compliment, as by design it is culturally neutral, being a facilitator between cultures, not to be the carrier of any one culture.
Zamenhof had the goal to “enable the learner to make direct use of his knowledge with persons of any nationality, whether the language be universally accepted or not”, as he wrote in 1887. The language is currently spoken by people living in more than 100 countries; there are about two thousand Esperanto native speakers and probably some hundred thousand people use the language regularly.
On the other hand, one common criticism made is that Esperanto has failed to live up to the hopes of its creator, who dreamed of it becoming a universal second language. In this regard it has to be noted that Zamenhof was well aware that it might take much time, maybe even many centuries, to get this hope into reality. In his speech at the World Esperanto Congress in Cambridge in 1907 he said, “we hope that earlier or later, maybe after many centuries, on a neutral language foundation, understanding one each other, the nations will build … a big family circle.”
Many people feel that English is the “lingua franca” of the world, currently, and should become the international language for world understanding. However, there are arguments that English is difficult to learn, has many different dialects and word misunderstandings, making it a source of conflict sometimes. Esperanto has much going for it in this regard: it has been focussed on peace-building and international understanding from its inception.
Empatharian is a non-verbal gestural language, and as such has advantages and disadvantages for spreading to the whole world more easily. It is a vehicle for language learning and literacy that improves educational outcomes in children and adults, and improves health outcomes in the elderly as well. It has a powerful effect on those who do Empatharian as well as those who are audience. When people project their spiritual being through Empatharian, it communicates, and people feel a connection to the meaning of the communication, that a spoken language would not necessarily engender.
Empatharian is easily seen and understood, via television, internet and visual media, while a verbal language is not understood or appreciated until you learn the language. In this way, Empatharian has a chance to spread more easily than a verbal language.