In The Consolation of Philosophy by Boethius, what happened to Boethius's eyes, according to him?

In The Consolation of Philosophy, Lady Philosophy appears to Boethius and wipes away the tears from his eyes with a fold of her robe. In metaphorical terms, Lady Philosophy is bringing Boethius to his senses, wiping the dark cloud of mortal things from his eyes. Boethius has developed too much of an attachment to the things of this world, and Lady Philosophy wants him to recognize that this is not the way to true wisdom.

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Metaphorically speaking, Boethius is blind. Over the course of his life, he has developed an attachment to the fleeting things of this world: to wealth, power, and social status. Now that he's in prison and has been deprived of those things he always thought were important, he's feeling pretty sorry...

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Metaphorically speaking, Boethius is blind. Over the course of his life, he has developed an attachment to the fleeting things of this world: to wealth, power, and social status. Now that he's in prison and has been deprived of those things he always thought were important, he's feeling pretty sorry for himself.

Thankfully, Lady Philosophy is one hand to show him the way. She wants to disabuse Boethius of his false outlook on the world, with its attachment to those things that are ultimately of no importance. She wants him to realize that the world and everything in it is fleeting and ephemeral and therefore cannot form the basis of a wise man's life.

In true Neoplatonic fashion, Lady Philosophy holds that the truth is timeless, enduring, and unconquerable. No amount of earthly misfortune can alter its nature. If Boethius wants to get to the truth, therefore, he will have to disregard the things of this world and turn his mind to that which is eternal and transcendent. Lady Philosophy aims to help him in this endeavor.

But before this can happen, Lady Philosophy needs to wipe away the tears that cloud Boethius's eyes, which symbolize his ignorance of what is truly important in life. Only then can he take his first faltering steps on the path to truth.

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