A Power from Within in Book IV of Boethius’ Consolation of Philosophy

907 Words Jan 26th, 2018 4 Pages
Looking back, it’s hard to see when good was ever truly triumphing over evil. In Book IV of Boethius’ Consolation of Philosophy, Lady Philosophy claims that, “the good are always powerful and the evil are weak and futile.” If you look at the world around us, that statement is unfortunately a bit laughable. But you have to look a little closer – what is this type of power? Is the power that one of goodness contains different than our materialistic, tangible pre-conceived definition of power? What are the struggles that make them powerful and triumphant? Looking back on human history, what acts were ultimately deemed triumphant – acts of evil, or acts of goodness?

The definition and the way we see power is interpreted differently by everyone, and is probably why this topic is very controversial. What is power? What type of power is possessed by good, versus the power possessed by evil? While I agree that good is powerful and evil is weak, some may struggle to see how. Evil is everywhere. Good seems to have a silent voice to which people pay no mind. It is hard to be good. It has always been hard to be good. The good are persecuted and it often seems evil always triumphs. But you must look at the life of a good person – they struggle through the snares and jeers of their peers, coaxing them to give in to what’s ‘cool’ and ‘normal’. Good people are constantly bullied and put down because the choices…