Paradoxes of Fortune

Not only was Boethius a star in the political world, as we saw yesterday, but he was also a star in the academic world, as Dr. Marcel Brown, the former Program Coordinator for CUA’s Center for Academic Success, points out in the video below.

Earlier, we discussed the liberal arts. Although we use the phrase more generally now to refer to a broad variety of academic subjects, in the medieval European world that was beginning to develop during Boethius’ lifetime, the liberal arts were seven specific academic subjects. Dr. Brown mentions these. These seven liberal arts were divided into the following two groups: A group called the trivium, made up of the three more basic subjects–grammar, rhetoric, and logic–and a group called the quadrivium, made up of the four more advanced subjects–arithmetic, geometry, astronomy, and music. Dr. Brown goes on to draw a parallel between Lady Philosophy’s message about fortune and important truths about learning.

Interestingly, Dr. Brown says that humility is vital to academic success. In what ways is this true? Have you ever observed this?

Photo: “2016 Baccalaureate Mass and Honors Convocation” (#12) at CUA.

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  1. Jaesen Evangelista says:

    Yes! Humility is not only a way to academic success but a way to lifetime fulfillment. Everyone who is happy (Dalai Lama, the Pope, Mother Theresa, etc.) will tell you that a huge reason for their happiness is their humble lifestyles and satisfaction with the simple things in their life. They would tell you that living simply, giving to the poor, and putting others first will bring you peace of mind and love to yourself. Humility is awesome.

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