Sunday, July 31, 2022
Of Men and Mice
Boethius, Consolation of Philosophy
2.6.4 (tr. P.G. Walsh):
And what is this desirable, glorious power which you men seek? Being
living creatures of the earth, you presumably give thought to those you see
as your subjects, and to your own role as masters? Imagine your reaction if
you saw a colony of mice, and one of them was claiming lawful dominion
over the rest; that would be good for a belly-laugh!
quae vero est ista vestra expetibilis ac praeclara potentia? nonne, o terrena animalia, consideratis quibus qui praesidere videamini? nunc si inter mures videres unum aliquem ius sibi ac potestatem prae ceteris vindicantem, quanto movereris cachinno!