“Tradition becomes our security, and when the mind is secure it is in decay.” —Jiddu Krishnamurti
I dislike tradition, a lot.
The older I get, the more I seem to dislike learning languages. I criticize the languages I learn. I criticize my own native language. It doesn't matter what the language is, I make fun of the pronunciation keys, structure, meaning, how the letters/characters are written*
... Sometimes I mispronounce words/rearrange sentences on purpose to friends and family just to mess with them, then I tell them a version of, “You understood what I said right? Then _____ doesn't always need to be pronounced that way/said in that specific order.” People are just too used to the same patterns. Tradition.
I guess I'm not okay with how our ancestors/cave dwellers unscientifically
evolved languages and we all, centuries after centuries, put on our sheep costumes and follow the herd. (Related side note: like the century-old QWERTY keyboard format, created unscientifically, which a majority of us still use—with other countries cramming their own languages onto the same format, pretending it's efficient when it's really built upon a shaky foundation. And now it's going onto phones, tablets, emerging devices... People showing off their “fast typing skills” when there could and should be something better. We really sheeped out on that one.) It just feels like there is no progress.
If languages are works of art, then most of them are terrible pieces of artwork (to me anyways, and that's art, artworks piss some people off right?). Yet, there are no other options, this is the best we have and if I don't try to like and enjoy the language I'm learning, then I miss out on a ton of other things. So how can I spark a passion for learning something I don't like and continue to criticize? How do some of you do it when learning a new language where something makes no sense at all, goes against your logic and you have to mold yourself to its stupid unscientific rules?
* I criticize the most basic things like how One to Nine in every language should each be a single-syllable word. So the two-syllable, “seven” in English makes no sense and we don't have the power to change it even if we wanted to since everyone has already agreed to it. Now go through nit-picking every other language and share my frustration—especially when learning a new language.