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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Being differentiated from your contemporaries does not require that you despise others

With everything that I’ve said so far, it may seem that social life is doomed to be an agonizing experience, and from a certain point of view this is true, but it does not mean that meaningful relationships are impossible. Much of what I’ve said applies to the collective life, and the personal relationships you might develop with the people you meet are something very different and while there still may be significant mental barriers between yourself and even your closest friends, this does not imply that you cannot form close bonds with them. The mental level is not the only level on which to commune with others, and if you insist on alienating yourself from everyone simply because they do not share your mentality then this is more an admission of your own limitations than it is about theirs. In other words, there is no excuse for living a life in loneliness, even with all of what I’ve said above, although this requires us to enter into a new discussion and to focus on our likeness to our neighbors instead of our ‘otherness,’ and to examine that virtue which is called love. Through these observations you will begin to see that as you begin to understand your own differentiation, you will grow to love your neighbor more rather than less, coming to see that he too has an inner life, a reason for being, and that as men you participate in a shared vocation.

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