Impact Of Translation On Human Society

Some people might believe that society can be considered as an inanimate object. This could not be farther from the truth. Society is more like an organism, which is constantly evolving itself according to the stimuli it receives.

This evolution is constantly taking place all around us. In the past few decades, society has evolved rapidly due to exchange of ideas made easy between people from different cultures and backgrounds.

The main reason for this rapid exchange is the advent of English as an international language. Nowadays, most countries are teaching English in their schools to make their students capable of competing on an international level. This is causing a major change in the lifestyles of many people.

Language translation is not a recent occurrence. It has been shaping society for hundreds of years. Since the day spoken language was invented, man has been finding ways to communicate with others. The translation of languages has been shaping society in many ways, as ideas that were first available to only a limited segment of people, became available to almost everybody.

One great impact that translation had on society was that religious ideas became available to a larger segment of people, causing the spread of those ideas. Almost everyone on this planet reads some religious text every day. Whether it is the Bible, the Quran or any other religious book; most often it is not read in its original text.

The Bible was originally written in Hebrew and Aramaic, which are rarely spoken anymore, but now this holy book has been translated in over 300 languages, which has led to propagation of Christian belief in most parts of the world. In the case of the Quran, even though it is most commonly read in Arabic, but there are translations in other languages that enable Moslems from other countries to understand these scriptures.

Translation of language has not only proven useful in spreading religious ideas, but also in the spread of scientific thoughts. Many scientists have made important discoveries while studying translations of manuscripts that scientists from other countries had made in other languages.

Just imagine if translation had not been done, then so many discoveries would have still been unknown to humans. Also, if there would have been even a slight mistake in the translations, then who knows what monstrosity could have end up being made.

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