|Accidia: Jheronimus Bosch|
Apathy: lack of interest or concern, especially regarding matters of general importance or appeal; indifference.
Do you ever ask yourself why folks are so apathetic about God these days? And why is it so hard to make a dent in this apathy? What spawned the apathy and indifference we face in America today?
The word apathy comes from the greek apatheia, "freedom from suffering" or "impassibility".
Interesting. Freedom from suffering and impassibility. (Keep this in mind.)
Some of its synonyms are spiritlessness and (this is a big one) acedia.
Okay, now we are getting somewhere.
Acedia is the "real" name of one of The Capital Sins. These days we call it sloth.
People today tend to think of sloth as a kind of "not-so-deadly sin". As if it were on the level of mere laziness or a bit of sluggishness.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
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