I sometimes think that people in areas like Europe, where the mix – and sometimes clash – of multiple languages and cultures are a part of daily life, might think differently than people who dwell in more culturally homogeneous areas like the US.
Languages are not simply words, but reflections of world views. To understand and speak multiple languages requires an ability to think in multiple languages. This kind of fluency forces people to see and understand other perspectives.
In the US we don’t have that fluency. The Atlanticand Pacific oceans, plus the size of our continent, serve to isolate us culturally, and I think our relationship with the global community often suffers because of our failure to fully understand other points of view.
I would be interested in hearing other points of view on the subject. Agree? Disagree?