Monday, March 8, 2010

"Avatar" and Acedia

Good article in the National Catholic Register about the sin of acedia:

Many Avatar fans experienced a kind of emotional deflation as they left the cineplex. The blockbuster film, shown widely in state-of-the-art 3-D, portrays a world they found so realistic, so beautiful and so affecting that it made the real world seem dull by comparison.
Is the real world really dull? Only if we’re infected with the quiet-est and the most lethal of the seven deadly sins: a sin that has been mostly forgotten. We call it sloth, but Tradition since the Desert Fathers has called it “acedia” — a kind of melancholy that is closely wed to aversion to effort.
Acedia’s place in the culture of death is often overlooked. How, after all, could a culture obsessed with “efficiency” be a culture afflicted with sloth? Yet acedia is one of the defining vices of our age.
Read the rest here.

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