How to Think Like a Medieval Monk | Lapham’s Quarterly


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They may have been founded in 1098, but the Cistercian order in France still managed to anticipate one of the most exciting discoveries of modern science.
2 days ago by edwardog
It is acedia that makes a monk’s vows grow cool, through which he becomes disgusted with the rigor of cloistered life; acedia that wants to be served more delicate food at meals, to lie on softer beds; to spend less time at vigils; to be silent less, or not at all. It is acedia that fears to begin a great work, and dislikes the work it has begun. To acedia, everything is a burden, everything is difficult, nothing is light and easy
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3 days ago by rauschen
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4 days ago by sbmandal
They may have been founded in 1098, but the Cistercian order in France still managed to anticipate one of the most exciting discoveries of modern science. Known…
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5 days ago by jrheard
Stumbled upon an article in the overlap of brain science and religion on Hacker News... Rem…
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5 days ago by raek
A series of exercises and insights supposedly employed by Cistercian monk near the beginning of last millennium, with the goal of improving mental health relative to spiritual goals. Great for the description of Tutivillus alone.
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6 days ago by dogrover
They may have been founded in 1098, but the Cistercian order in France still managed to anticipate one of the most exciting discoveries of modern science. Known…
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6 days ago by stevenbedrick
The reason seemed to be that, while few in the second group reported being distracted by the sound of the TV, a majority in the third group did. “Lacking any other explanation for their inattention,” the study concluded, those in the second group “had no alternative except to believe that they were bored.” In the same way, blaming acedia on a demon transformed it from boredom (resulting from oneself) to distraction (caused by an outside force). Because Cistercians believed in this attribution, it offered a useful coping strategy.
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6 days ago by euler
They may have been founded in 1098, but the Cistercian order in France still managed to anticipate one of the most exciting discoveries of modern science.
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4 weeks ago by linkt