This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

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Greek tradition

We should not be surprised, due to the relative proximity of the Greek and Hebrew civilizations, to find their language identical in this matter. As enunciated by the poets Hesiod and Ovid, the quadripartite division appears again as the Golden Age, the Silver Age, the Bronze Age, and the Iron Age. The Greek tradition also goes into greater detail as to the conditions of earlier ages, something Christian writers were less concerned about. The Golden Age, it is said, was characterized by justice, harmony, and peace. Here men did not have to labor, for the earth provided its fruit willingly. Throughout the Silver and Bronze Ages, man becomes progressively more malicious and given to worldly concerns. According to the law of entropy, man’s contact with the spiritual becomes obscured as his reality is overcome by ‘solidification’. The result is that he gives up on transcendence as it seems to withdraw from his experience of life. The gods eventually taken notice. Zeus, disgusted when he is offered a child-sacrifice, decides to destroy the earth and bring an end to the Bronze Age. A deluge comes, and the earth is wiped clean, all except for the Deucalion (son of Prometheus) and his wife, Pyrrha, who survive the flood by constructing a “chest” or “ark”. The couple repopulates the earth, with their most notable child being named Hellen, who would become the matriarch of the Hellenic race. This moment (the destruction of humanity via a great flood) marks the end of the Silver Age and ushers in a new era of tribulation, the Iron Age. This Age is the furthest from the Gods, where men are not only malicious, but also impious, having very little awareness of the Divine. Disorder reigns, men live without honor, and the human race will degenerate to such a degree that, according to Hesiod, babies will be born with grey hair on their heads.[1]

[1] Works and Days, 174.

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