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unconcern

Profound uninterest or nonchalance out of proportion to societal norms. It is a characteristic of some brain diseases, including certain forms of brain injury, dementias, intoxications, and strokes.
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As Wieseltier put it, "My honor makes me unconcerned, except politically, about the Vatican's view of the Jews." The bad news is that, politically, this seems cause for concern.
Northern Ireland is portrayed as intolerantly hostile compared to the immigrant hub of live-and-let-live London or the Mediterranean unconcern evident in Florenza Spain.
"A possible explanation for the relative unconcern in Saudi Arabia is the trust people have in the government as a continued source of employment," it said.
And yet, if you look at the baby, he wears an expression of benign unconcern, like Harry Hill after an expensive lunch.
For the first time, however, we can note with something approaching optimism that the institutionalised inertia, complacency, unconcern and incompetence which has dogged this wretched saga for so long, may at last have finally run its course.
The theme from boss Jones of late has been one of unconcern over the manner of performances, with points gathering firmly at the top of the list of priorities.
The official unconcern for the poor is also present in the White House's lack of care for the poor around the world.
The drug was definitely defined as a threat to social values, and the mass media undeniably presented its moderate risks in "a stylized and stereotyped fashion." Goode and Ben-Yehuda note that '60s press accounts of LSD identified it with "psychic terror, uncontrollable impulses, violence, an unconcern for one's own safety, psychotic episodes, delusions, and hallucinations." (It was also associated, of course, with the hippie subculture, regarded in many quarters as a threat in itself.) The moral barricades were manned (the chairman of a New Jersey commission declared acid "the greatest threat facing the country today"), and accredited experts proposed several solutions to the alleged crisis, one of which was to prohibit the drug.
Yet the justice system handles witnesses with such unconcern that many people are deterred from coming forward."
The author acknowledges that he was greatly influenced by Carlin Barton's well-known work, The Sorrows of the Ancient Romans, and the difficulty with this book is that it follows Barton in adopting a devil-may-care unconcern for the truth of the anecdotes on which it relies.
With vibrant models of his own (French poets and Vladimir Mayakovsky) and with a casual unconcern for the poetic establishment of his time (see for instance his remarks about Lowell's "Skunk Hour"), O'Hara wrote without the need to beat "the enemy" at its own game and achieve the complex New Critical unity that Williams sought to achieve in Paterson.
Critic Edwin Denby once said of New York City Ballet that its dancers displayed an "angelic unconcern toward emotion." In a way, the Danco dancers typify this same quality, even though they perform at full heat, and syncopation is their natural pulse.