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Boethius - The Consolation of Philosophy - Imagine a set of revolving concentric circles

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004859

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Boethius – The Consolation of Philosophy

Imagine a set of revolving concentric circles.  The inmost one comes closest to the simplicity of the centre, while forming itself a kind of centre for those set outside it to revolve around.  The circle furthest out rotates through a wider orbit and the greater its distance from the indivisible centre point, the greater the space it spreads through.  Anything that joins itself to the middle circle is brought close to simplicity, and no longer spreads out widely.  In the same way whatever moves any distance from the primary intelligence becomes enmeshed in ever stronger chains of Fate, and everything is the freer from Fate the closer it seeks the centre of things.  And if it cleaves to the steadfast mind of God, it is free from movement and so escapes the necessity imposed by Fate.

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Boethius

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