Why is Esperanto worthy of the role World Second Language?
Why are national or ethnic languages not worthy of the role World Second Language?
Friday, March 16, 2012
I FOUND THE LINKS OF AUTHOR, ROTARIAN, EDWARD W. LOLLIS OF PARTICULAR INTEREST AND AM SHARING HIS KIND WORDS AND WORK BELOW:
I am honored by your email (copied below).
You ask who I am. For a bio, see http://www.rotaryfirst100.org/historians/lollis.htm. My primary interest (and only expertise) is peace monuments, and my home page is http://peace.maripo.com. After pretty much tracing every monument in the world (and on-line) with "peace" (or paix or paz or frieden or shanti or haiwa) in its name (and finding nothing with "paco"), I have been adding peace institutions (e.g. UN), peace events (e.g. commemoration of the Holocaust), and individual peacemakers who are likely to have been memorized.
In order to identify peace monuments, I created and maintain an on-line list of "notable peacemakers" (http://peace.maripo.com/p_peacemakers.htm) which has grown to a current total of 951 names. Almost ten percent (whose linked names are in red on the full list) of these peacemakers now have separate web pages to keep track of and to display their individual monuments.
While working a month ago in cooperation with the Bloch Foundation in Warsaw (http://www.bloch.org.pl/en/) on Jan Bloch [1836-1902] -- who created the world's first peace museum (in 1902 in Switzerland) -- I came across Ludwik Zamenhof [1859-1917], who -- believe it or not -- was entirely new to me, but I was not at all surprised to learn that the inventor of Esperanto has been lovingly memorialized by a number of monuments in at least six different countries.
Thank you for sharing my web page (http://peace.maripo.com/m_zamenhof.htm) with Esperantists in the USA, Poland, and other countries. I would very much appreciate your comments and theirs, whether favorable or unfavorable, any errors or omissions (missing dates for example), and most certainly any information you might be able be able to suggest about additional Zamenhof or Esperanto monuments.