Saturday, 22 October 2016

Thought 363: Truth-telling

The Greek word for truth, ἀλήθεια, suggests, negatively, an idea of what does not escape one's notice and, positively, the act of taking out of hiddenness/wresting out of concealment. 

From this etymology it could be argued that modern day de-occultists (occult meaning that which is hidden) are in fact today's truth-tellers since they bring out of concealment esoteric knowledge that has traditionally been reserved to secret society initiates and that has never been openly communicated to the mass of humanity. 

It is interesting to note that the great philosopher Plato was in some ways an older-day de-occultist, initiate as he was of the Mysteries of Egypt and Greece, and was criticised in his own lifetime by some quarters for revealing too much esoterica to the profane in his work (Plato as an initiate of the Greek and Egyptian Mysteries is an angle that was put forth by esoteric philosopher Manly P. Hall).