Until now, most who worked to promote Esperanto were enthusiasts who worked without pay. They had full-time jobs and could volunteer only part-time for Esperanto. Thanks to their work, the movement has grown from one speaker to two million. Although many of them did this well, most of them could have done even better with specialized training. By hiring and training thousands who will be paid to work full-time, we could expect that the Esperanto movement will grow much faster.
Of course, hiring thousands will cost a huge amount of money. Even if we did have the money now, we would do well to start slowly. We have a lot to learn. In the first year, if we only hire only ten, it would be a good start. In that first year, with those we hire, we will be experimenting with untested ideas. We will learn from not only our successes. In the next year, we will hire more and continue testing ideas. After a few years, we will have learned how to achieve our desired results. We will teach what we have learned and continue working to learn more.
It’s true that we will ultimately be looking for a huge amount of money; however, the value of a common world language is enormous. To reach out to others with warm words instead of hot weapons is beyond value and justifies the expense many times over. And even if we compare the costs of our project with other expensive projects, taking into consideration the value gained, the ratio of expenses to value is far less for our project.
In Canada, a bridge between the mainland and the island province (Prince Edward Island) was built at a cost of more than $1 300 000 000 Canadian. That bridge is useful to those who want to go to the island, but very few of the over eight billion people on earth will ever even hear about it much less use it. Around the world, big companies and governments often spend such huge amounts of money on thousands of such projects, which similarly do not affect the lives of normal people at all. The amount of money spent on just that one Canadian bridge, which is of no use at all to the great majority of humanity, would be enough to pay thousands of people to work on our language bridge, which will be extremely useful to the great majority of humanity. The money existed for that Canadian bridge, it exists for ours. Let’s find the money.
One of the tasks, of the thousands of people we hire, will be to find money. Money will be found by asking for it. Often, maybe most of the time, the answer will be “No.” However, we will also get “Yes.” We will need to experiment to learn how best to ask. We are experimenting now: Are you willing to help us financially?