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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Do not argue with the willfully ignorant

Many people are willfully ignorant, and it is futile to try to engage them in any kind of serious discussion, even if it is only for the sake of listeners. It is not that their ignorance is difficult to bring to light. That is often quite easy. The difficulty is that you will find that this does not change anything, and that they will simply retreat to another position of ignorance that is slightly different from the first. And if you again show the ignorance of this new position, they act as if that was not their real position after all, and then they will dig another trench at a fresh distance. And you will find yourself advancing on an infinite retreat, wherein there can be no victory since there is and endless variety of errors the determined individual can invent. And the entire time he will be able to maintain the conviction that it is you who has failed, since you have not “proved him wrong,” and it will be true. You have not proved him wrong, because in order for a position to be disproven it must be stationary. And so I say again, never open yourself to this kind of futile chase. You must always discern two things. First, discern whether or not the person is mentally capable of comprehending what you have to say; second, and more important, discern whether or not they are willing to comprehend it. It is easy to forget that if the second thing is absent, the first thing is irrelevant.

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