Radiolab has an excellent example of how language defines our thinking. If you are not a native English speaker (or pretty close to one), this will be an interesting collection of images and words, but knowing the language adds so many more levels to the experience.
In Radiolabs own words:
“Words have the power to shape the way we think and feel. In this stunning video (made to accompany our Words episode), filmmakers Will Hoffman and Daniel Mercadante bandy visual wordplay into a moving exploration of the power of language.”
Imagine if we all spoke 3 or 4 languages, and language shapes our thinking, wouldn’t we all think thoughts we otherwise would never have access to?
Or as the scarecrow in the “Wizard of Oz” would say: “…I could think of things I never thought before, and then I’d sit, and think some more…”