I’ve been a little busy between school and trying to fix the podcast that John broke, so instead of trying to come up with some cat macro like John would, I’m going to introduce you to a word that amused me greatly when I learned it: Anamnesis.
Anamnesis is a concept from the Platonic dialogues, which was used as an explanation of why seeking knowledge is at all practical. The conflict, you see, is this: If you don’t know Truth, you can’t know it when you hear it. If you do, you shouldn’t need to hear it, right?
So Plato came up with a shorthand for the idea that our souls have more information than we do. What I really like, though, is the way Kelly Myers phrased it in Metanoia and the Transformation of Opportunity: “Anamnesis, then, is a recovery of innate knowledge.”
Hell, I don’t know. Maybe I’m the only person who has ever experienced that sensation. But I don’t think so. So I share this word with you. Because it might just brighten your day, and today seems like a good day for that kind of thing.