Boethius on the “wraith-ing” of the wicked

“[A]nything which turns away from goodness ceases to exist, and thus … the wicked   cease to be what they once were. That they used to be human is shown by the human appearance of their body which still remains. So it was by falling into wickedness that they also lost their human nature…. [W]ickedness thrusts down to a level below mankind those whom it has dethroned from the condition of being human. The result is that you cannot think of anyone as human whom you see transformed by wickedness.” (Lady Philosophy in Boethius’s The Consolation of Philosophy 4.3, trans. Watts)

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