What would the world be like if we could all understand each other?

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“Meanwhile, the poor Babel fish, by effectively removing all barriers to communication between different races and cultures, has caused more and bloodier wars than anything else in the history of creation.” —Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy


I wonder if in lines like that, he meant that this is what WOULD happen in his view or rather, he meant that as an ironic statement that the underlying assumption is that greater understanding of each other, as some view it, would create more violence?

Either way, Adams was a genius.


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