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BOETHIUS Book3- Happiness.doc

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University of Toronto St. George
Dominic Martin

BOETHIUS Book 3- Happiness TRUE HAPPINESS -only achieved by the possession of the ‘supreme good’ which consists within it, all other goods. -once attained ensures that no one can aspire for anything further -state of perfection achieved by concentration of all goods within it HUMAN DESIRE - all humans strive on different paths to attain the one goal of happiness - but most are led into error by desiring false or temporal goods The Human Desire for Happiness (Cons. III, pr. 2) “[1] Mortal creatures have one overall concern. This they work at by toiling over a whole range of pursuits, advancing on different paths, but striving to attain the one goal of happiness. [2] This is the good which once attained ensures that no one can aspire to anything further. Indeed, it is the highest of all goods, and gathers all goods within itself. If any good were lacking to it, it could not be the highest good, since some desirable thing would be left outside. Thus it is clear that happiness is the state of perfection achieved by concentration of all goods within it. [3] All mortals, as I have said, strive to attain it by different paths; for this longing for the true good is naturally implanted in human minds, but - error diverts them off course towards false goods.” What people sometimes believe is happiness: * Although all seem like worthy candidates, the problem arises when humans treat these goods as the ultimate good or the path to happiness. (fallen state of man is such that he seeks happiness in these inferior, exterior, multiple goods rather than one supreme good of God. 1. wealth- its only a means to have more, and creates new needs such as protection. Source of worry, either w
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