Do you remember that you are a man?

[Philosophy said] ‘I want you to answer this too: do you remember that you are a man?’

‘Why shouldn’t I?’ I said.

‘Can you, then, tell me what man is?’

‘Are you asking me if I know whether man is a rational and mortal animal? I do know it and I acknowledge that that is what I am.’

‘Are you sure you are not something more?’

‘Quite sure.’

‘Now I know the other cause, or rather the major cause of your illness: you have forgotten your true nature.’

St. Boethius, The Consolation of Philosophy, 1.6

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