John Cassian, a monk and theologian, wrote in the early 5th century about an ancient Greek emotion called acedia. A mind ...
University of Wisconsin-Madison professor Christine Whelan says what a lot of people are feeling right now is called “acedia.” ...
Psalm 91, verse six, refers to the noonday devil. Tradition calls it acedia, defined variously as spiritual sloth, lethargy, indifference and torpor by greats like St John Cassian St Benedict ...
Perhaps the sharpest insight into this feeling has come from Jonathan Zecher, a historian of religion, who linked it to the forgotten Christian term: acedia. Acedia was a malady that apparently ...
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Here are a few of our favourites. Acedia was a very specific emotion experienced by very specific men in the Middle Ages: monks living in monasteries. This emotion would often be brought on by a ...
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This One Wild and Precious Life, by Sarah Wilson, looks at ‘moral loneliness’, A Biography of Loneliness, by Fay Bound ...
This unnerving state has much in common with depression, but there's a difference, as Norris is keen to point out: Depression, she believes, is a medical condition, treatable with therapy and drugs; ...
The ancient term 'acedia' describes the paradoxical combination of jangling nerves and vague lack of purpose many of us are feeling now. Reviving the label might help. A new study of centuries-old ...