This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

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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“Hunger is a great motivator.”

We have all heard it suggested, either on the radio or by some person on the street, that it is good for the poor and the unemployed to be under threat of hunger or some other tribulation. This is because, we are told, the threat of suffering is what motivates these slothful creatures to engage in productive labor, and if this threat were removed then the problem of poverty would only become worse. But again, common experience and reflection show clearly that this attitude is false. Very few people limit their productive labor to those hours for which they are remunerated. Most men, when arriving home from “work,” simply transition to work on some other project. As was said above, the healthy individual strives to work. Those who would claim that “hunger is a great motivator” would rarely admit that they need this motivation themselves. What’s worse, the saying implies that poverty is a problem of motivation, and through this implication it allows the speaker to avoid altogether the moral demands which the problem of poverty makes on him and his society. It is an escape from responsibility to the poor by absurdly presenting poverty itself as the best cure for poverty.

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