“This is a true and proper unveiling, as indicated by the etymology of the Greek word ἀλήθεια. Or perhaps, with an eschatological gaze, a revelation, an ἀποκάλυψις.”
Archbishop Viganeò, “Globalists have Fomented War in the Ukraine to Establish the Tyranny of the New World Order” (March 7, 2022)
The Greek word ἀλήθεια (alethia) is normally translated as truth, but the deeper meaning indicated by its etymology is unforgetful and unforgotten. In Greek, lethe means forgetfulness, obliviousness, deadness. This is why the dead in Hades drink from the River Lethe to forget their mortal lives. We call a wound lethal when it causes a man to forget everything forever. We call a man lethargic when he is half-dead to the world.
In Ovid’s Metamorphosis, the River Lethe flows through the Cave of Hypnos, God of Sleep, a dark and silent place of undisturbed dreams.
Near the Cimmerians, in his dark abode
Deep in a cavern dwells the drowsy god,
. . .
No crowing cock does there his wings display,
Nor with his horny bill provoke the day
. . . .
An arm of Lethe, with a gentle flow
Arising upward from the rock below,
The palace moats, and o’er the pebbles creeps,
And with soft murmurs calls the coming sleeps.*
Incidentally, the Cimmerians dwelt in the land we today know as Ukraine.
Be that as it may, the word lethe means to have forgotten, to have fallen asleep, or to have died. Alethia (truth) therefore means to remember, wake up, or rise from the dead. If we give this meaning to the word alethia (translated as truth) in John 3:20-21, I believe an interesting meaning appears
“For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth [is awake and out of bed] cometh to the light . . .”
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When your eyes are opened to the truth, it is an awakening; and this awakening many times includes an awakening to the fact that you were so long asleep because you were drugged. Sleep in the Cave of Hypnos is not disturbed by a cock’s crow, the only sound there being the “soft murmurs” of Lethe creeping over its pebbled bed like an endless stream of hypnotic bromides from the television. But that sleep in the Cave of Hypnos is also induced by drugs.
“Around its entry nodding poppies grow,
And all cool simples that sweet rest bestow;
Night from the plants their sleepy virtue drains,
And, passing, sheds it on the silent plains.”
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The Greek word ἀποκάλυψις is normally translates as apocalypse or revelation, but the deeper meaning indicated by its etymology is unveiled. As I wrote here some years ago, the nymph Calypso has that name because she drew a veil over the destiny of Odysseus to prevent his return to Ithaca.
“With the pleasures of her bed and the luxury of her loins, she schemed to ‘banish’ from his mind all thoughts of Ithaca and Penelope. Her sweet caresses were calculated, Odysseus later understood, to ‘banish from my breast my country’s love.’ Destiny ‘calls him to his country, and his friends’; Calypso casts a cloak of carnal pleasure over this, and draws him down into the dark stupor of concupiscence.”
When Archbishop Viganeò writes that ἀποκάλυψις (apocalypse) is ἀλήθεια (alethia) in the eschatological gaze, he means that those who have somehow roused from their narcotic slumbers in the Cave of Hypnos awaken to cosmic and not just political reality. Their awakening was to understand that they had been sleeping and dreaming. Their awakening was to understand they had been drugged.
Their ἀποκάλυψις (apocalypse) is to understand why they were drugged and by whom.
*) Book XI, trans. John Dryden.