Entering into a Culture

We were feeling nostalgic for the pampas last week. So we went to dinner at El Sur a restaurant in the heart of Paris. It’s the real thing. The décor, the wine, and best – the meat – are all authentically porteno (pertaining to Buenos Aires).

We went with our Spanish teacher, son Jules, and some friends. The conversation was in Spanish.

“Jules, your Spanish is very good,” we said afterwards.

“Five years of it in school. But, Dad, I don’t know how much you can learn from these sessions…”

“Well, learning languages is cumulative. You just keep at it. Little by little it sinks in…”

“I wonder if it’s worth all the effort…”

“Sure it is. Languages hide the accumulated wisdom of generations of dead people. Each word is an idea. And different languages have different words…and different ideas… The more languages you know, the more ideas you’ve encountered. The more you know, generally… Besides, if you don’t speak the language you can’t enter into a culture and discover its secrets.”

“Oh….”

Regards,

Bill Bonner
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Bill Bonner

Bill Bonner

Since founding Agora Inc. in 1979, Bill Bonner has found success and garnered camaraderie in numerous communities and industries. A man of many talents, his entrepreneurial savvy, unique writings, philanthropic undertakings, and preservationist activities have all been recognized and awarded by some of America’s most respected authorities. Along with Addison Wiggin, his friend and colleague, Bill has written two New York Times best-selling books, Financial Reckoning Day and Empire of Debt. Both works have been critically acclaimed internationally. With political journalist Lila Rajiva, he wrote his third New York Times best-selling book, Mobs, Messiahs and Markets, which offers concrete advice on how to avoid the public spectacle of modern finance. Since 1999, Bill has been a daily contributor and the driving force behind Markets and Money.
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Hi Bill,
I understand that you and your son have business interest in Argentina
(cattle ranch Etc.) and in general you are well disposed to this
South American contry. As an Argentinian living for the last 34 years in Australia after living 6 years in California, I cannot understand your
enthusiasm. May be you know something about this Country that we ignore. (I spend 9 weeks last year visiting friends and relatives) Could you please elaborate?
Kind regards,
George Edward

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