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Being Human
What does it mean to be human? The human capacity for thought and question sets us apart from animals. Boethius explains that all humans have free will as well as the desire to achieve true happiness. During his imprisonment Boethius is approached by Philosophy who has come to comfort and cure him during his time of great remorse. She teaches him how true human happiness cannot be obtained in the world and sheds light on his questions.

After Philosophy’s consolation, Boethius has come to the conclusion that all human beings want to be happy but are lead astray by craving things offered by the world and not perfect and spiritual things from God. In chapter II, Philosophy declares that human happiness is impossible to achieve in earthly life. The temporary gifts that Lady Fortune distributes cannot bring you true happiness because they are only loans that she gives and takes away as she pleases. And you are not born with the gifts of Lady Fortune therefore you shouldn’t become attached to them. Then Philosophy goes onto things that the world considers "good fortune," which are wealth, material possessions, power, and honor. Philosophy says that each of these is incapable of bestowing true happiness. Wealth is only significance when being transferred therefore it has no value by itself. Wealth, once attained, is a source of worry. When you acquire money you are also taking away of wealth from someone else. The power you get from of money is not something that is your own. Philosophy tells Boethius that true happiness can only come from the blessings of his or her own intellectual inquiry and soul so then how can money make you happy? Then Boethius tells us that honor and power can be given to you by any person even those who really are not in a position to give them consequently these cannot bring you true happiness either. He then comes to the conclusion that because we can never satisfied with worldly affairs that there must be a God who we are...
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