The ease of introduction breaks down most barriers that separate two individuals. Over the phone, that is expected. First appearances might later erect some barriers, but these are equally likely to be washed away if the introduction is smooth. Woe unto those with names difficult to spell and hard to pronounce, points out Ayub Chege in a fact-based analysis of lifestyles.
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It is no coincidence that Eminem should lyric about his being slim shady to the kids in his classroom. Trying to introduce himself above the noisy crowd is hard enough before accent all but creates a screeching sound that might have the audience covering their ears. Sadly, too many of us have been credited with none-English names that are instantly rejected by word processors. Therefore, trying to impress a potential employer or a potential date is already an uphill task at the onset.
Smooth flow of communication starts with the first words uttered, and thus the difficulty set forth by trying to speak out an unpronounceable name is an obvious barrier that faces many. The tongue has a way of coining the syllables that is ethnic and so the pronunciation comes out in some phonetic or sound cluster that is specific to regional and class delimitation. Therefore, from the two-letter Chinese names to the twenty-plus letter names in some Asian countries or the Polish names with few vowels between multiple consonants or the Russian names with some foreign letters not known in the alphabet or some African names that have apostrophes and ~-sign used over some vowels…
The end result is that names end up being quite complex and thus complicating pronunciation. And no amount of teaching for the correct pronunciation truly brings out the true phonetic.
Beyond the name
Prejudice is human nature. We are born that way unless we actively choose to rise above the fear that other humans raise in us. We become prejudiced because we have inherent fear we are not good enough, and the only way is to force our superiority onto others. And that is why we seek titles and lengthy wordage to append to our nature so make us feel worthy of other peoples.
A name means nothing to a strong soul, because the name is something that is only added to an already functional unit that can identify itself better than some nonentity like a none living organism. Yet, that name means so much that many have been dropped out of races on account of their names.
If humanity was to be as superior as plants, it would seek to understand that nothing manages its affairs better. Names notwithstanding, plants carry about their businesses without fail. Parasitic and host plants thrive by seasons and live to invade new territories. And man could ‘borrow a leaf’ likewise that segregation on account of name or ethnicity are so self-defeating that they have been the reason for such much ruin in an otherwise very simple livelihood.
Whatever the name, it is just an addition to the soul. And it is the soul that defines a human. When the soul is right, any name however pronounced need not create advantage of barrier to communication anywhere, anytime, anyway.
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