Overly ambitious goals can put great strain on the workmen of a company. Strenuous plans can be burdensome to marriage and family relationships.
Early in the bible we read that men were seeking to be great. They said: “Come let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves and not be scattered over the face of the whole earth.” (Genesis 11:4, NIV). A tower of that size had never been built before. – There was no good reason for their intention. People were aiming at greatness. Their ambition was a result of the pride of their own hearts.
Interestingly this resolution led to what they were trying to avoid. In the end they were scattered over the whole earth.
As they were focussing proudly on their building project a new situation arose. Human relationships were imperilled. They ceased to understand each other. What others said did not make sense anymore. The bible reports this incident as the origin of languages on earth.
Today we live in a multilingual world. When you travel to other countries today or even as you walk through the streets of your own city you may hear people communicating with each other in languages unknown to yourself.
If somebody should try to speak to you in words and sounds unintelligible to you, how would you react? Would you be annoyed and turn away from this person? Would you try saying in your own language that you don’t understand? Would you resort to mimics and gestures?
How could any communication with strangers possibly be successful? If you succeed to cultivate an atmosphere of mutual sympathy, there is hope.
You may begin to observe the emotions tied to the words the other person speaks. From that and some of the gestures and mimics made you may try to guess what he or she is trying to say.
If there is love and goodwill among you, you may come to agree that you cannot understand each other’s words, but that you respect and accept each other. Furthermore any shared interests will facilitate communication. Some food you both like to eat or something to drink may enhance this contact.
St. Paul says: “If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.” (1 Corinthians 13:1, NIV). The word ‘tongues’ can be synonymous to the word ‘languages’.