This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

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Esoterism as a shifting frontier

We will refer again to the imagery of Jacob’s Ladder, which is given as follows:

And he saw in his sleep a ladder standing upon the earth, and the top thereof touching heaven: the angels also of God ascending and descending by it.[1]

The symbolic meaning of this image (or one of them, at any rate) is that of religion itself, which has been defined as the intersection between Revelation and human culture, constitution a juncture between the world and the heavens, and the ‘rungs’ themselves representing so many steps on this journey. What this representation shows also is that once we touch the ladder we are already esoterists, at least with respect to the surface of the earth which until that moment was the entirety of our reality.

Thus, we can say that anything that has to do with religious knowledge, and religion itself, is esoteric when placed next to the profane. Even the most exoteric of believers is an esoterist in comparison to the non-believer by the simple fact that he is a believer and is therefore a ‘knower of the hidden meaning of things.’

[1] Genesis 28:12.

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