The spread of a universal language, English, is the greatest cultural event of the last 25 years, argues Matthew Parris in The Times of London. He’s just back from visiting a school in Ethiopia where rural children are learning English.
Speech is fundamental not just to communication but to the process of thought itself. No single language has ever before approached universality. English is now doing so. No other language has ever advanced as far, as fast, as ours. This is the first time in history that it has been possible to denote one language as predominant.
. . . Within a few generations and for the first time in the story of Homo sapiens, most of our species may be able to communicate in a single language.
As a fan of Stargate SG-1, I know that even inhabitants of other planets speak English.