This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

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Escapism and religion

It is sometimes said that religions were invented so that early men could “escape” into the heavens, presumably out of fear and ignorance. But is this accusation in the end a projection? Is it not the modern man who escapes to the heavens—in the most literal sense—in his spaceships?

This is, of course, what we should expect from the progression of the Ages:

As man’s spirituality becomes more and more obscured, he can no longer speak with his god directly; he becomes blind. As the physical order of reality asserts itself over the spiritual, both within man and without, he begins to feel alien and discontent on the earth; this agitation leads him to develop navigation and travel through physical space. He says to himself that he is “conquering the earth” as an act of courage, not knowing that he is driven in this fashion only because the material order is conquering him. He can feel the walls closing in, and even the whole world feels much too small. The materialist is naturally claustrophobic, and this is because he populates a world that is a fraction of a fraction of the reality he was originally given to explore. The spiritual frontiers, which far exceed anything that can be reached beyond the moon, are closed to him.

The colonization space, by which man goes to insane lengths just to float outside his own atmosphere, is the final proof of our alienation, choosing the void over our own home—and on this we congratulate ourselves! We launch ourselves in fragile capsules into the cold emptiness, and we call ancient man the escapist.

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