My voice is gone. It has been for a bit, and it’s happened before. I am sure that soon, my vocal cords will come together properly and I will be speaking again.
There are cultures, though, that will never speak again. Approximately every two weeks, the last speaker of an endangered language dies, and with that elder, a language.
Unlike my voice, that language will not be back.
To hear about the Huaroni tribe (also known as the tribe Jim Elliot, Nate Saint, and 3 other missionaries visited at the cost of their lives) go to 5:38 here. Wade Davis also talks about the death of languages.
So I wonder…will these languages be represented around the throne?