The Personal Dimension and Boredom

John Kekes

in The Human Condition

Published in print August 2010 | ISBN: 9780199588886
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191595448 | DOI:
The Personal Dimension and Boredom

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Boredom is the individual analog of cultural disenchantment. A wide array of commentators agree that boredom is a pervasive problem in contemporary life. The cause of boredom is the lack of a conception of well‐being to which individuals can wholeheartedly commit themselves. The great danger of boredom is that it leads to seeking irrational thrills that might relieve it. Evil is one of these thrills. Boredom makes evildoing an attractive alternative. The cause of boredom and of the lack of satisfying conceptions of well‐being is ignorance of the resources of our cultural identity contained in its system of values. The obvious remedy is education in the humanities, the traditional context of enduring values that make life meaningful and worth living.

Keywords: boredom; thrill of evil; pluralism; relativism; religious objections to secular values; secular values; humanities

Chapter.  7770 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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