Acedia is not just anarchy of mind, but anarchy of life. For when a person is no longer centered in his own life, his life becomes dissipated in the lives of others. Curiosity, gossip, eavesdropping, a voyeuristic bent of mind, always having one’s ears attuned for the latest scandal or Byzantine intrigue—these are symptoms of vicarious living. Meddling in everyone else’s business is a symptom of not having one’s mind on one’s own business.Marc Foley, O.C.D.
The love that keeps us sane: living the little way of St. Thérèse of Lisieux
Chapter Three: The sanity of silence
Foley, M 2000, The love that keeps us sane: living the little way of St. Thérèse of Lisieux, Paulist Press, Mahwah, New Jersey.