This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

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Inversion

All these conditions combine produce a unique perspective in modern man, a perspective which is the reverse of what traditional man would call normal, and which is indeed the precise inverse of the true order of reality. Whereas ancient man perceived the invisible as more profound than the material, his subsequent and on-going materialization rendered the invisible realm nonexistent, leading to the elevation of the visible order in his consciousness.

Reduction, which we mentioned first, produces an inversion of values, and the latter follows necessarily from the former, just as Lucifer (representing the denial of the hierarchy and all that is superior) eventually became Satan (representing the inversion of the true order of things, the lower actively usurping the place of the higher). To refuse to accept that which is above might begin in indifference but it ends in blasphemy—this is a law.

As an example of denial followed by inversion, or, to use the above terminology, Luciferianism followed by Satanism, we can frame the evolution of Western political philosophy as follows:

The ancients, and Catholicism after them, taught that governmental power descends from heaven; modern man, having first lost the perception of the heavenly, teaches that governmental authority ascends from below, from the people, the demos. Denial, and then inversion. This tendency follows naturally from process of reduction, and reversal of proper hierarchy almost always follow when realities are reduced to their lowest orders (reduction).

Consider almost all of modern man’s pursuits, particularly education, in which the entire world of the transcendent, even the science of aesthetics and beauty, is excluded or minimized, and children are nourished on formulas and piles of data devoid of any real meaning. In fact, what the ancients meant by ‘true’ is entirely absent from the contemporary educational mentality, wherein the true is limited to what is empirically demonstrable.

The consequence of this inversion is that our vocabulary itself becomes confused and the paths to meaning obscured. For example, in order to find an authentic tradition (in our sense) we might be forced to undergo an outright rejection the pseudo-traditions of our own society. In order to show respect for truth, we might have to disrespect the authority of our elders as counterfeit and groundless, basing itself, as it does, on the inferior rather than the superior. In order to find religion, we may be forced to avoid respected religious teachers.

Do not take this as an argument for the shameful idea that one can be ‘spiritual but not religious’, which is completely ridiculous. What we mean here is simply that modern churches have, by and large, been consumed by the modern mentality and suffered their own kind of reduction and subsequent inversion of truth. Protestantism is itself a symbol of this fact, where there is no longer any such thing as authority or unity, and where each man is now elevated to the level of priest. A better case for the process could not be identified: Luther reduced institutionalized religion to the level of the individual, throwing off the shackles of authority, destroying the traditional hierarchy. This destruction bred a new and false type of authority, the authority of each and every private individual to pronounce and to teach any idea that seems true. Religion, after Luther, became democratized. Authority was not simply removed but was replaced by a counterfeit—the process of reduction and then inversion was complete. Look for this process around you, and you will find that more examples readily present themselves.

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