This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

Confusions and clarity

One might complain that the texts ought to have been more precise or straightforward if they wished to avoid confusion; but that is like complaining that reality itself ought to become simplified so that its observers can better understand its underlying principles. This is simply not possible nor should simplicity be demanded of any conception having to do with metaphysical truth. The scriptures are not concerned with popularization, nor with being ‘easily understood’ by all and everyone. Christ said, let them hear who have ears to hear, and he let the rest walk away. The difficulty, of course, is that those who do not have ears often take with them a partial or distorted understanding of what they have heard, which them becomes a half-baked theory that is reduced to the level of the understanding of that individual. It is all too easy to take words at their face value, discarding the fruit and retain the husk. Reincarnation, as understood today and attributed to the Hindus and the Buddhists, is a husk. May we discard it as such and continue to search out the fruit that was withheld.

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