The practice of diagnosis or “full knowing” is important in medicine and other disciplines, including mental, emotional, social, and spiritual care and treatment.
We want and need to accurately know the issue or problem before we can accurately prescribe. For example, pancreatitis (inflammation) is different than pancreatic cancer (malignancy).
Here, I address a different sort of inflammation.
To no one’s surprise, our minds, emotions, and spirits have been sorely inflamed and irritated by the pandemic’s fears and restrictions. Over the seemingly endless months, we have become bored, listless, afraid, cranky and uncertain. These are some of the symptoms, but what might be a diagnosis? Acedia.
Jonathan L. Zecher writes in The Conversation (theconversation.com), “This ancient Greek word that so aptly describes our current state was lost to time and translation. John Cassian, a monk and theologian wrote in the…