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Prosa 7 The narrator responds to this part of Fortune’s arguments by saying that he never coveted material things, but rather desired power in order to perform virtuous deeds so that men should remember his good government. Philosophy points out that this indicates a desire for glory or renown, which conflicts with perfect virtue. She deflates the meaningfulness of even this enterprise by reminding the narrator how insignificant the earth is when compared to the vastness of the heavens. Similarly, Fame, however long it lasts, amounts to nothing in the vastness of eternity.
Gathering his strength and courage, the narrator suggests that certain things should be obvious, based on the circumstances in which she has found him and how different they are from his former life. He then begins the narration that will delve into the particulars of how he came to be in the situation in which he finds himself. ) He recalls Philosophy’s recommendations, taken from Plato, that men who govern ought to study wisdom or that, alternatively, wise men ought to apply themselves to governing in order to provide for the general well-being and prevent the government of cities from falling into the hands of criminals.
Prosa 3 After recapitulating the idea that men who do evil may never truly prosper despite external appearances, Philosophy proceeds to elaborate on the way that evil diminishes a man, robbing him of his human nature—an idea that was introduced in Prosa 2. Some men, succumbing to evil, become like beasts. The man who succumbs to avarice is thus compared to a wolf; he who perpetrates fraud and trickery is likened to a fox; the man who rages with anger resembles a lion; and he who wallows in lust is like a filthy sow wallowing in the mire.