It is sad to observe that man is getting used to the miracle of language. No more jokes, guys. It's time to talk business. My idea in writing this book was to try and bring back the understanding of "the miracle' in its original rights and sense, causing rapture and ecstasy, bliss and misery, wonder and admiration, awe and despair—to draw the attention of my readers, again, not so much to a tool, but, instead, to a phenomenon caused by it, a mirror of life that we live and experience day in, day out. The information age in which we live rapidly transforms language into a useful and convenient device for storing, rendering and transforming life into commands, orders, requests, replies, reports, and so on. The living human language is increasingly replaced with the audio and visual means for the purposes of teaching, charming, inspiring, convincing. By making this fatal preference, we are disfiguring the greatest miracle of mankind—turning it into yet another gadget. For centuries, it has been used for loving, inspiring, communicating, sharing faith and culture, experiencing desire and affection. And now, it is fading. Time to prepare for the greatest demise in human civilization, the demise of the human tongue as a source of life and experience.
Konurbaev, M. (2018). Conclusion, in Ontology and phenomenology of speech, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 219-221.
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