Monthly Archives: July 2013

St. John Chrysostom on Welfare

“Should we look to kings and princes to put right the inequalities between rich and poor? Should we require soldiers to come and seize the rich person’s gold and distribute it among his destitute neighbors? Should we beg the emperor … Continue reading

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High Offices and Unworthy Men

Some more words of consolation from Philosophy to Boethius: “[P]ower does not make a man master of himself if he is imprisoned by the indissoluble chains of wicked lusts, and when high office is bestowed on unworthy men, so far … Continue reading

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To Displease Wicked Men

The words of Philosophy spoken to Boethius: “But even if you do not know the stories of the foreign philosophers, how Anaxagoras was banished from Athens, how Socrates was put to death by poisoning, and how Zeno was tortured, you … Continue reading

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