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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Alienation and exoterism in a global world

The insistence on the exclusive possession of truth that is the hallmark of exoterism and which is not, in itself, a bad thing, becomes very problematic in a global world where religions collide on a daily basis. On the basic level of human relationships, for example, has proven toxic. The Christian who believes that he is the exclusive possessor of spiritual truth will, as a natural outcome, view everyone who is “not Christian” as deficient: and judging from experience I can tell you that this “deficiency” is assumed to be not only on the doctrinal level, but on the mental, emotional, and even moral level. This is because exclusivity creates a dualism: us and them. And since we have what we need for goodness, happiness, and truth, then “they” cannot have it, or at least can only have it in some deficient way. In other words, the exoteric man who sees the world in this way is automatically conceited and judgmental of anyone whose spirituality does not mirror his own. And this “us and them” view inevitably becomes “us vs them.” And if this does not lead to actual violence it leads to the fear of violence, and whether victim or oppressor, it seems to always be initiated by the exoterist. Thus, the Christian West accomplished something like a slow genocide in North America, often justified on the basis of their religious superiority; and then in today’s America, not two centuries later, the Christians are adopting the opposite pose, as if they themselves were suffering the worst of persecutions. That is why the exoteric view of religious truth, unguided by the universality of an esoteric spirit, leads to either the active persecution of some unfortunate people or a martyr-complex that leads Christians to feign persecution at the hands of some imagined enemy. In practice, both attitudes tend to operate at the same time, with believers complaining that they are persecuted for their faith while cheering at the occupation and perpetual bombing of various Muslim nations.

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