This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

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From wonder to reverence, and the roots of religion

Upon contact with the inexpressible, the most basic and universal human responses are awe, wonder, and reverence. Awe and wonder come first, and reverence is the apotheosis.

Awe in the face of the inexpressible, which develops in us an attitude of reverence, is a phenomenon that is constant throughout human history. The range of revered objects may vary, and this depends not only on the type of person who undergoes the experience and the ability of that person to crystallize that experience into human action.

From a certain point of view, we could describe religion as the externalization of reverence based on a direct experience of the inexpressible. We should, however, note as a disclaimer that what was just said about religion should not be understood as meaning that religions come about due to a slow process of formulation that eventually crystalizes into a doctrine, piecemeal. Religions are, in every case, the result of Revelation. What we have said above is meant to describe the process by which man himself, as a being rooted in time and slowly maturing through his life, comes to develop the religion sense, and comes by a need for religion as a way of maintaining harmony with himself and of discovering the meaning of things.

What matters here is that religion has always presented itself as the primary support for reconciling one’s life with gnosis. Through its external formulations, it provides a framework in time and place that to some degree reinforces our ability to encounter the inexpressible, and to aid us in expressing the reverence that we feel compelled to show as a result of this experience. Religion provides an environment that is the marriage of time and eternity, of the individual and the supra-individual, the particular and the universal. This is why a mature spirituality gives to the individual a sense of becoming complete and of having an inner balance that before was absent.

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