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Accidie and Basis In many theories of social construction a great deal of debate focuses on whether or not the most fundamental aspect of human nature emotion is itself a product of social construct Emphasis supporting this claim seems to orbit around the notion that certain emotions that existed at one time in a particular culture have waned or ceased to exist all together It is my belief however that it is impossible to categorize or label an emotion purely by virtue of its public display or lack thereof Therefore the idea that emotions are socially constructed seems to be nothing more than the idea of an ever-changing cultural perspective of linguistic framework One of the emotions brought up in social construction argument is accidie Before we can decide the role of this emotion in the context of social construction it is important to understand exactly what is meant by the word Accidie in its simplest form means the rejection of life It has been likened to more contemporary terms such as sloth or laziness however these ideas seem to have a more trivial nature when juxtaposed with the original cultural significance of accidie Harre Finlay-Johns 1986 Unlike its counterparts accidie is a form of spiritual despair a refusal of grace or in the words of Chaucer a bargain with nothingness that shuts out Gods gift of new possibility Brown 2001 Accidie is a spiritual listlessness a reluctance or a refusal to respond to a higher power Although to this point the idea of accidie has centered on a religious spectrum spirituality is not the only realm of emotional existence affected by accidie Religion is merely the core or nucleus of its effects It is a passing shrinking from creative existence Accidie in effect is a dampening down of ones inner life living at a minimal level of mind and heart and letting all thoughts and feelings die
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