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.
going through the gate January 1, 2011
Tags: Janus, new year
Janus is the god of beginnings, endings, doorways, gateways, and time. Here we are in January- the month that belongs to Janus, travelling through the gateway of a new year.
Janus is a two faced God. One head faces forward to the future and one faces back to the past. At this time of year many of us are prone to doing the same as we consider the events of the past year and consider improvements desired in the coming one.
2010 was a wonderful year for me, as personally we celebrated a quarter century of marriage with a wonderful trip to Italy and professionally we were thrilled with the acceptance of Grace Awakening for publication next fall. In 2011 I hope to see completion of another manuscript that has been in the works for awhile, and hopefully it will be picked up for publication this year. As well, we are planning a research trip to France to work on a prequel to Grace Awakening (tentatively called Grace Beguiling). It is a project that I think Janus would find amusing, Grace moving back in time. I also look forward to improving health by remembering to take my vitamins and getting out for more walks. The poodles will appreciate that effort.
How about you? What are you planning in 2011? What awaits you on the other side of the gate?