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The Consolation of Philosophy

Boethius’ opened new doors towards my understanding of aesthetics. How does one depict beauty? How can one find beauty out of absurdity without resulting in ironic parody or detachment? Is life truly meaningless? Philosophies of enlightenment caution readers to not become close-minded, but instead one is free from ignorance once one understands the meaning of happiness. In The Consolation of Philosophy, Boethius writes a reflective piece of enlightened thought incorporating wisdom from Lady Philosophy, as well as writing himself into the book. It acts as a tool or guide to understanding that argues that only a human can argue that happiness. Boethius has free will and applies courage and reason to see the light of truth in himself. Philosophy discusses Fortune and chance—as Fortune’s nature is change itself—suggesting that life could be governed by a principle of rationality—found within oneself. Good fortune deceives and bad fortune enlightens; all fortune is inherently good as it teaches one to see the benefit in all. Boethius essentially teaches himself lessons regarding divine nature and beauty by writing such a complex piece in his imprisonment.






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