Book 2 Chapter 6: The Powerful and the Rational

The Consolation of Philosophy

High place without virtue is an evil, not a good. Power is an empty name. Philosophy lectures Boethius on the false promise of power, and George Orwell answers her on whether the powerful can indeed get to the rational man (I read a passage from Orwell’s 1984). Happiness, honour, power, and the relation between the virtuous and the powerful.