Happiness, according to Boethius, is something that comes from within. Happiness is not found in things that are materialistic and tangible. While Boethius was imprisoned on charges of treason, he had plenty of time to figure such out because he knew that he would never be released. He would be forced to live out his life in prison, and eventually would be executed.
To being, Boethius says that happiness cannot be attained by tangible things. Things such as wealth, power and fame cannot provide true happiness. These things are things that are granted to one by Fortune but can be easily taken away by her as well. If one possesses something that they have the chance of losing, it is not truly theirs to begin with. It belongs to Fortune. While these things do bring temporary happiness, they are not permanent. One must find happiness in oneself through contentment and sufficiency to attain true happiness.
Next, Fortune is very unstable. There is not trust and stability associated with Fortune. Things can be taken away from a person just as quickly as they are bestowed upon them. The Wheel of Fortune shows this. It shows that things can change in an instant and without warning whether for good or bad. This is another reason that one must find happiness from within to experience true happiness. A person cannot rely on the material and tangible things to make them happy. They must look within to find the contentment that every person should possess to find happiness.
In relation to all of this is human nature. Most view things as though the good suffer, and the evil prosper. Because it is in human’s nature to do good, circumstance and society will cause one to do bad. This change in circumstance may cause a loss of possessions and reputation. Some seem to think that the bad are rewarded by Fortune, which is the overpowering force that brings reward and administers punishment in the world. The evil seem to be dominant...
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