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Acedia and Its Discontents

Acedia and Its Discontents: Metaphysical Boredom in an Empire of Desire by R.J. Snell

A philosophical look at the deadly sin known as acedia or sloth. Which is commonly confused with laziness -- but the slothful can in fact be frenetic with activity. The point is that the activity is not the work they are meant for. The "noon-day demon" often distracts with dreams of major undertakings. Touches on farming and meaning and the invention of the term "boredom" in the 18 century along the way.
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