Acedia is a well-informed and inspired book about the historical and psychological origins of a centuries old affliction.
ALLISTON, Ontario (PRWEB) May 08, 2013
As a physician-psychotherapist for 25 years, Dave MacQuarrie’s main challenge while working with his clients was finding ways to encourage them to live authentically while completing the necessary therapeutic work given to them. Upon retirement, he discovered the ancient word acedia. He soon saw this word as the key to the psycho-spiritual state that prevents people from dealing with the crisis of climate change. “Acedia: The Darkness Within: (and the darkness of Climate Change)” (published by AuthorHouse) is a collection of his findings after the completion of a deep investigating into the ancient concept.
Looking at climate change in a different light, MacQuarrie decided to toss away the technological and economic issues that are normally discussed and look at how human choice has affected the climate. He surmised that as species, humans limit themselves by laziness, their catastrophic fearfulness and their self-righteous—choices he subsumed under the word acedia.
“Acedia: The Darkness Within” sheds light on what MacQuarrie sees as the systemic problems of humanity, and shows that if society, as a whole, does not succeed in transforming individual and cultural acedia, the race is doomed. MacQuarrie believes that the transformation will require wisdom, hope, discipline and playfulness if humans have any hope of surviving the next 100 years.
Praise for “Acedia: The Darkness Within”:
Acedia is a well-informed and inspired book about the historical and psychological origins of a centuries old affliction. Acedia masterfully connects the dots between personal psychological traumas and looming environmental collapse. Dr. MacQuarrie pulls no punches yet offers a ray of hope that we just might save our future.
– Christian de Quincey, PhD, Professor of Philosophy and Consciousness Studies, John F. Kennedy University, and author of Radical Nature: The Soul of Matter.
“Acedia: The Darkness Within: (and the darkness of Climate Change)”
By Dave MacQuarrie, M.D. Ph.D.
Hardcover | 6 x 9in | 284 pages | ISBN 9781477286494 |
Softcover | 6 x 9in | 284 pages | ISBN 9781477286487 |
E-Book | 284 pages | ISBN 9781477286500 |
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble
About the Author
Dave MacQuarrie, M.D., Ph.D., is a retired physician-psychotherapist with 25 years experience. He resides in Alliston, Ontario.
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