Boethius, Consolation of Philosophy: 4.22-29 Essay

781 Words Apr 9th, 2011 4 Pages
Shermetrius Mack
Art of Living & Dying
Professor Oliver Ranner
March 3, 2011
Boethius, Consolation of Philosophy: 4.22-29
In this passage Philosophy wants Boethius and the reader to understand that fortune does not truly bring a person true happiness. In its realistic form, fortune is a never-ending spinning wheel that gives and takes away fortune at any moment it time. Thus, one should never confuse fortune with true happiness because true happiness cannot be taken away. According to philosophy, in its truest form pure happiness is embedded within each person (i.e. God) either detached, or attached goods of fortune is not true satisfaction because what fortune may bring to a person is not more valuable then that person itself. Since
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Secondly, “True happiness cannot consist of these fortune born things.” Philosophy wants Boethius to realize that true happiness is not found in temporal gifts of fortune. The idea here is that the power of wealth is not something that a person fully owns but simply a function of that wealth, therefore how can it make a person truly happy? Power, honor, and wealth can all be bestowed who is not a fair judge of either, therefore these cant be things that bring true happiness. In comparison the beauties of nature cannot bring happiness because a mere human being cannot take credit for it, but only admire it because it is a construction of God. Thus, if the possessor cannot truly own one desire a long line of servant, jewels, and fancy clothes, the good of these things, therefore they cannot be paths to true happiness. The only things that a person can truly possess are their intellect inquiry and soul because they are internal blessing and cannot be taken away. Philosophy says God gave man an intellect by which to inquire into philosophical things, but not to concern themselves with good that can only be inferior to their own minds. The human soul is immortal thus, it cannot be satisfied by temporal happiness from material things because they only last until the person dies. Lastly, “If it does not make them desolate once it has been dispatched.” If fortune was happiness and at the end of our life we lose it, then we have

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