This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

NOTICE:
This Dark Age is now available in paperback on Amazon. The print version is MUCH cleaner than this online version, which is largely unedited and has fallen by the wayside as the project has grown. If you’ve appreciated my writing, please consider leaving a review on the relevant paperback volumes. The print edition also includes new sections (Military History, War Psychology, Dogmatic Theology).

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Actaeon’s lesson

The myth of Actaeon goes like this:

He was a great hunter and one day, hunting deer in the forest with his dogs, he became separated from them and accidentally encountered the goddess Artemis, who was bathing naked in a stream. In punishment for what he had seen, she transformed him into a stag. His dogs turned on him, and their master became their prey.

Here is the symbolic interpretation (which ought to be far more elaborate but is simplified for our purpose here):

When you finally glimpse the beauty of higher things, a transformation takes place, and in fact must take place. We become something different than what we were. This can, from a certain point of view, feel like a punishment, even a condemnation, since in most cases the result is that, after our encounter with the transcendent, our worldly pursuits turn hostile and try to destroy us. Friends become enemies, and what nourished us becomes poison. We’ve changed, and it is only natural that our old habits and obsessions might do us harm, even to hounding us to death.

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