Perhaps because the poem offers only an uncertain hope of spiritual survival, Cavaliero employs a traditional form to give his own feelings of accidie
concerning the Church some solid grounding.
Issues d'un colloque tenu en 2008 a P university Mount Allison (Canada), les contributions a Pouvrage collectif Entre Textes et Images: Constructions Identitaires en Accidie
et ait Quebec publie en 2010, se proposent non pas d'opposer mais de creuser "les interrelations entre Piconographie et le litteraire" (21) derriere le prisme identitaire.
Burleigh also postulates a common sociological phenomenon as a root cause of both--the "mindless and supposedly economically driven over-expansion of higher education." In Europe, students alienated from their traditional communities and the world of work came under the influence of "jaded academics, many of them not much older than their students, [who] discovered an antidote for accidie
and boredom through laicised left-wing messianisms and the espousal of violence for other people, an especially despicable trait among left-wing intellectuals....
as defined by Chaucer's Parson, who likens the condition to
(22.) In her 1981 tanner lecture on human Values, 'the essential gesture: Writers and Responsibility', (Michigan, University of Michigan, 1981) Nadine Gordimer distinguishes the situations of countries such as South Africa and Nicaragua where 'conflict' is dictating the writer her responsibility, from countries 'where complacency, indifference, accidie
and not conflict threaten the human spirit', p.
In one of his talks, Cardinal Ratzinger said, "Even the Church can fall victim to metaphysical inertia, to accidie
: an excess of external activity can be the pitiful attempt to cover up internal pusillanimity and slothfulness of heart that springs from poverty of faith, from a lack of hope, from a lack of love of God and of man made in his image and likeness." (19) Unless the vision of the Church and the understanding of each of her members rest upon the inter-penetration of the truth and love that are the gifts of God and the program of life in Christ, the gate is open to a spurious reality and a counterfeit compassion.
Anscombe who sees accidie
, or "the positive dislike of sense in human affairs," as "a mark of our times." (58)
For example, medieval Europeans recognized well the emotion of Accidie
(acedia)--a kind of spiritual torpor characterized by boredom, dejection and aversion to fulfilling one's religious duty (praying), which, in modern times, became obsolete.
From works of a generation ago or more, on accidie
and melancholy, the focus had moved on to marriage and love with a much admired book by Lawrence Stone (1977); to the once-general enjoyment of sensibility and horror, tears and shudders, in literature and in common behavior; more recently, to shame, anger, or disgust.
Unfortunately, Higgins remains something of a peripheral figure in the literary world, or as Annie Proulx has observed, "Some pair him gingerly with Joyce and Beckett, some accuse him of not having yet written the Total Book, or of untidy endings, of density and melancholy, of abrupt stops and over-portrayal of frustration and accidie
The sudden sense of the loss of significance, which is central to melancholy, or accidie
or ennui, used to be experienced in a framework in which the meaning of things was beyond doubt.