At the gates of Hell, in Dante’s Inferno, there is an inscription which is typically translated as “Abandon Hope, All Ye Who Enter Here”

For some reason, I always recall that particular cliché as “Abandon Hope, Ye Who Enter Here” instead. When acronymized, as one would do for shorthand tech-support slang—such as PEBKAC—to indicate the “fourth-hand walkthrough” scenario, it becomes AHYWEH, which is barely an anagram for YAHWEH.

All just coincidence, I’m sure.

2 thoughts on “Dante

  1. Without wanting to step on your little coincidence parade, I have to point out that the Name you refer to is not actually spelled yahweh.
    The names of divinity are limitless; I think the human tendency to find them anywhere and everywhere is more an artifact of who we are, than what it might be.
    The other thing I noticed is that the name YHWH, in your neat little dantean alphabet is You Hope Who Here. Or possibly You Here Who Hope. Either way…

    We keep seeking messages, an order in the chaos around us, as if the order gives us meaning… but the research seems to indicate that this is just something humans do with ambiguous information.

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