Political Boredom: The Roman Empire, Christianity, and Hegelianism

by Christian Parreno

The boredom caused by Roman imperialism had been driven away by Christianity.The church sacralised nature and society, and provided a religious meaning to the polity. The Reformation, however, tore this meaningful Gestalt asunder, threw the individual back on his private conscience, and thus delivered hum, according to Hegel, to boredom. The Protestant has left the beauty and holiness of the Middle Ages, and is ever more immersed in the dreariness of the routines of everyday life. There he can only experience boredom – a very pervasive boredom which could only be driven out by a third religion   or wold view, succeeding the world-views of the Imperium Romanum and the Roman Catholic Church. Hegelianism, we may assume, was the most suitable candidate.

Zijderveld, Anton C. (1979) On Clichés. The Supersedure of Meaning by Function in Modernity. London – UK: Routledge & Kegan Paul. 79-80.

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