Attempts to create a "universal language" should cease.
Resolution: Attempts to create a 'universal language' should cease.
Universal Language: "An auxiliary language that is used and understood everywhere" 
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Attempts to artificially manufacture the "Universal Language" should stop.
The idea of a 'universal language' clearly does not understand what communication barriers actually are - they have little to do with not speaking the same language.
Universal Language creation clearly values convenience over respecting the beautiful variety of cultures.
It would be convenient for travelers not to have to learn a new language. However, respecting cultures by not imposing a common language on them is more important than the ease of tourists and international businesses. You can always hire a translator.
Thiago.Pires forfeited this round.
As CON has forfeited the previous round, I shall skip the defense of points I and II and rebutting CON's unstated points.
III. Don't Force It
Having a universal language would be a sign of a thriving global community. A beautiful variety of cultures and academic histories will come together to form a universal language gradually accepted into all cultures. Having one viewpoint select or create a worthy language and prescribe it to the rest of the world will be unsuccessful.
Let us focus our efforts on improving international relations. Not on solving an unsolvable math problem that is an artificial universal language.
As a point of amusement, this is the second time an opponent has forfeited to me on this topic. It would seem universal languages are cursed :P
An example of a created universal language that has benefited many is PADI's universal diver signals set. This is a form of underwater communication that conveys information that can save lives. For example, there is a standard hand signal to demonstrate that you are out of air, and need to share a tank with another scuba diver. Now what if each diver used a different language? How would a diver tell you that you are entering a submerged hunting area if there wasn't a universal underwater language?
There are many other examples like this, and many more ways we can make international interactions easier by creating a standard language. Just don't limit your conception of universal language to Esperanto.
PADI hand signals are not a language. A language must be complex enough for the speaker to form an original sentence. The WRSTC refers to the hand signals as 'training standards' that are used in Canada, US, Europe, and Japan: not globally .
PADI hand signals are not universal. Other organizations such as the Colombian Navy and the Chinese Underwater Association have not yet come to a consensus with WRSTC.
Diving hand signals are being naturally developed by recreational divers . PADI hand signals were not artificially created, but standardized by PADI after naturally developing.
I. Communication Barriers
PADI does not address the difference in cultural values.
A universal language created by one perspective inherently disrespects all other cultures.
III. Don't Force It
“Universal Language” and diving hand signals should develop naturally. Standardizing and implementing a naturally developing language is not the same as creating an artificial language.
As you can see, there are forms of language that do not disrespect cultures, all of which fall under the original definition of Universal Language provided at the beginning of the debate. These, and many more forms of communication, can help people worldwide without diminishing cultures.
I agree with you, an artificial universal language cannot ever harbor cultural values. However, that does not mean one cannot be created to enhance communication.
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