Words unite people because they can communicate. But they also divide people. The Biblical myth of the tower of Babel was that God thwarted the builders by making them speak different languages so they couldn’t understand one another and co-ordinate action; but sometimes speaking the same language divides, or the communication it can bring is seen as dangerous and needing to be suppressed. Words carry power, so powerful people try to control them, as shown by George Orwell in “1984” and “Animal Farm”. In Douglas Adams’ “The Hitch-hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”, there is a thing called the Babel Fish, which provides instant translations from any language in the galaxy to any other. The book says that when this was introduced, it caused innumerable wars.
Once upon a time
The God took up a bag to a high place
And threw down all the words to ever exist.
They made a pretty pattern on the grass
But people picked them up and traded them
Or fought over possession of a “so”
Until the different patterns hid in forts
And when a wandering “if” came on the wind
And tried to attach to a sentence in a case
A termination was decided on
And doctors came to cut it cleanly out.