[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?’
‘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