The nucleus of this piece came to me while dallying with my friend Lucy. Lucy helps me reconsider words, concepts, and experiences I accepted without thought.
After discovering the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis I spent a lot of time musing upon the effects the way we address each other has on our thought. My parents raised me to speak both Mandarin and English and I studied German and Norwegian. Seeing the way a variety of languages operate has lead me to think a lot about how our languages evolve and how we will consciously guide that evolution in a way that benefits our experience of the world. For instance, U might enjoy learning about E-Prime, a reconceptualization of English I find thought-changing.
I feel that English has a wonderful opportunity to address U in a direct and respectful way. I consider writing to U like this an evolutionary act. It stems from my belief in Lovism. I fundamentally consider U and I Wequal. 'IU' or 'UI' kind of looks like a 'W' if U squint, no?
Matthew Bunday loves, moves, plays, writes, codes, climbs, meditates, reads, etc. Recently he escaped Google to plunge into startups once more. Find more of his work at http://zencephalon.com