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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Intimately connected to the question of prudence, its cultivation, and its exercise, as well as to the earlier questions of conscience and freedom, is the problem of ignorance, for ignorance is destructive of all three. If we are called to freedom, then we are first and foremost called to know the truth: “Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free.”[1] We are given no reason to believe that freedom can exist apart from this truth. Therefore, to the degree that we lack the truth—which is to say, to the degree that we live in ignorance—we are not really free. Because of this, we can say that it is our responsibility to minimize and dispel ignorance whenever we can. We can also infer that we will be held responsible when our ignorance is of the sort that could have easily been dispelled but which, for whatever reason, we allowed to persist.[2]

[1] Jn 8:32.

[2] VS, 62.

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