One of the values of learning another language, is the enlightenment it provides to your own language. I have links to an article about this in a previous blog post.
While I’ve been working with Mnemosyne and Lethe this week, I’ve discovered an interesting thing.
In English, the opposite of memory is forgetfulness. In Greek lethe (forgetfulness) is opposed with aletheia (prefix ‘a-‘ making some thing the opposite, remember). Aletheia doesn’t mean memory, it means truth.
I find that very profound. It’s not the concept of a lie that is the opposite of truth in Greek, it’s forgetfulness.
It begs pondering.
I think I can do something with the concept
. I’m not sure what, at this point, but it fits with Ben’s reality, doesn’t it? Lethe has robbed Grace of memory, and it keeps her from knowing the truth.
I suppose this means I’m about to be introduced to the goddess Aletheia. I wonder what she’ll be like? Writing is fascinating business.
Aletheia means something like non-forgetting. Or removing forgetfullness.
That is so interesting. Like a higher (or deeper) kind of knowing. Not through remembering. But by un-forgetting.
(By re-moving the veils of forgetfulness).
So many fascinating words.