Human Languages
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So, aren't we so very special ...

... the western world, the English-speaking world,
the Christian world... ... ... ... ?

In a word, No.

To put it all into perspective and to try to come to
cognizant awareness of the true position of the
"western" view of things, check out human languages...

...and recognize/come to terms with the fact that we,
human beings, are the *result* of all that has gone
before, all of the conquests and evolutionary phases
of our transition to our current state of being... the
"western" view / the Christian view plays a role with
all of the other views of the world and in so doing,
is merely a part of the play, not the director, not the
pre-eminent "be all / end all" to life for humankind,
not the central core essence of human existence that
we in the "western" world sometimes delude ourselves
into believing...

Humble yourselves before the eyes of the world, and
know your place / our place in the great scheme of
things which is our *natural* world...

The Top 12 Living Languages (ranked by number of people
speaking the language as their first or native language). Also
included are total number of people speaking the language.
Figures listed in millions:


................... First/Native ... Total

1. Mandarin ........... 885 ........ 1,075   

2. Hindi .............. 375 .......... 496

3. Spanish ............ 358 .......... 425

4. English ............ 347 .......... 514

5. Arabic ............. 211 .......... 256

6. Bengali ............ 210 .......... 215

7. Portuguese ......... 178 .......... 194

8. Russian ............ 165 .......... 275

9. Japanese ........... 125 .......... 126

10. German ............ 100 .......... 128

11. French ............. 77 .......... 129

12. Malay-Indonesian ... 58 .......... 176


Above from information in -The World Almanac 2000-

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For clues on origins of Indo-European culture and
religion, follow their roots back to Indo-European
language origins.

Most Indo-European language lineages follow <with
obsolete languages enclosed in brackets>...

o Hindi, Bengali, Urdu, Punjabi, Marathi, Gujarati, Romany
from <Sanskrit>
from Indo-Aryan
from Indo-Iranian

o Modern Greek
from <Medieval Greek>
from <Ancient Greek>
from Greek

o Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Romanian, French
from Latin
from Italic

o English, Modern Low German, Flemish, Dutch, Afrikaans
from Low German
from West Germanic
from Germanic

o Modern High German, Yiddish
from High German
from West Germanic
from Germanic

o Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Icelandic
from North Germanic
from Germanic

o Scottish Gaelic, Irish Gaelic
from Celtic

o Breton, Welsh
from Celtic

o Russian, Ukranian
from East Slavic
from Slavic

o Bulgarian, Slovenian, Serbo-Croatian
from South Slavic
from Slavic

o Polish, Czech, Slovak
from West Slavic
from Slavic

o Latvian, Lithuanian
from Baltic

o Persian
from <Old Persian>
from Iranian
from Indo-Iranian

Above from information in -The New York Public Library
Desk Reference, 3rd Edition-