My Encounter with Esperanto

Approximately fifty years ago, I acquired a small booklet that promised to teach me the basics of Esperanto, known as “the international language.” The booklet was pocket-sized, contained a few pages of grammar, and a vocabulary of several hundred words. It was easy to learn, and I became fascinated by it. This interest led me to join a local Esperanto club, teach the language on a local radio station, and produce a textbook with accompanying cassette tapes. However, as life got busier with medical school, family, and work, I eventually stopped pursuing my passion for Esperanto.

For the past two years, my focus has shifted to bitcoin. After conducting research, I started investing in bitcoin, with the belief that it will play a crucial role in the global economy for future generations. However, as I observe the extravagant claims made by bitcoin enthusiasts, I am reminded of the fate of the Esperanto movement.

Parallels Between bitcoin and Esperanto

Both bitcoin and Esperanto were introduced through publications. bitcoin‘s White Paper by Satoshi Nakamoto is comparable to the “first book” of Esperanto by Dr. Esperanto. Furthermore, like the emergence of various hard forks in bitcoin, there were attempts to reform Esperanto, which ultimately did not gain widespread popularity. Additionally, other constructed languages, such as Interlingua, attempted to rival the success of Esperanto, similar to altcoins in the world of cryptocurrency.

Why Has Esperanto Not Succeeded?

Esperanto, despite its structural simplicity and ease of learning, failed to gain traction as a universal language for international communication. One reason is that the existing system for international communication, despite its complexity, is functional. Furthermore, Esperanto lacks support from major military or economic powers, which other global languages have historically relied upon.

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Despite its promising features, Esperanto fell short of replacing natural languages, and its number of active speakers remains relatively low. These factors contributed to the failure of Esperanto to achieve its ambitious goal of becoming a widely adopted universal language.

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