Tuesday, November 28, 2006



When can we truly say we have recruited someone to the Esperanto movement? What would be the characteristics of a true recruit?

If we have persuaded a stranger to attend a club meeting, would that make him a recruit? If he attends 10 times would he be a recruit? Does attendance at a club for any amount of times ever qualify someone as a recruit?

If we persuade a stranger to enroll in an Esperanto course, does that make him a recruit? How many lessons must he study before he is a real recruit? Does he have to pass an examination? How many examinations?

If the student demonstrates a satisfactory degree of fluency in spoken Esperanto, does that mean he is a true recruit?

When is anyone really recruited to Esperanto?

Does it matter how we define a recruit? Well, only in the sense that we should be clear what we are talking about. It would be helpful if everyone who reads this blog had the same definitions in mind. No doubt I should have defined my terms clearly from the start. Let me do so now.

"To recruit" means not only to "enlist" but to prosyletize or convert to active participation in a cause.

Active participation? What is "active?" What is "participation?"

And the crucial question: What is the "cause" of Esperanto?

It is time we examined the "internal idea" of Esperanto.


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