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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Dharma and moral duty

The moral notion of ‘duty’ and ‘obligation’ should be carefully separated from that of dharma, and this refers back to the absence of the moral point of view we have attempted to emphasize. The problem with Western familiarity with the concept of duty, for example, is that too much familiarity leads to an assumption of universality, and when one takes an idea for granted one begins to assume that everyone else takes it for granted as well. But the notion of duty has not always been so prominent as it is in the modern world, particularly since the time of Kant. In Stoicism, just to use one ancient example, it was almost completely absent. Aristotle as well, when discussing virtue, seemed less concerned with good and evil than with a harmony between deliberation and passion.

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