Friday, March 9, 2012

A Voice from the Past - Boethius

"From one beginning rises all mankind;
For one Lord rules and fathers all things born.
He gave the sun his light, the moon her horns,
And men to earth and stars to deck the sky;
He closed in bodies minds brought down from high,
A noble origin for mortal men.
Why then proclaim your kin and ancestry?
Look whence you came and see who made you, God.
No man is base except through sin he quit
His proper source to cherish meaner things."

Boethius, 475-525 AD, The Consolation of Philosophy, Book III, VI (translated by Victor Watts, Penguin Books, 1999, p.59)

Where should we get our value from? What other options should we avoid?

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