This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

Justice of caste

Typically, those educated in the West will insist that this system must have been wrought with injustice, “holding men back” from achieving what they’ve “always dreamed of doing.” That is, after all, the tale that is presented whenever modern people do hear about the caste. Always there is the protagonist fighting to escape the lot which is doing him such tragic injustice. I must implore you for a moment to be honest with yourself, which on this subject may be difficult. But it is no exaggeration to say that the current democratic system that you are used to does more injustice to man than any caste organization ever did. It is the current homogenous system that sends each man into the world to find whatever work he can, and which usually ends in a career which is just as unfulfilling to him as it is unsuitable for his nature and aptitudes. Modern men are the men from their fanciful tales—held back by a system which cannot abide by differentiation amongst individuals. It is the age of equality which deals man a sorry lot—it only seems different because now there is only one lot. To find sanity (and dignity), we must turn our minds back to our subject. Here, in the caste, each man’s nature was discerned in him rather than arbitrarily chosen by him. Trust in divine providence played a part in this institution (another concept which is quite foreign to the modern spirit), and so it is no surprise that birth was seen as significant evidence of one’s proper path. Yet it is ignorant to assume that birth was the only factor. Aptitude was highly significant, and there was a degree of flexibility in, for example, the Hindu system, that would put the “mobility” of modern societies to shame. If we are to believe those who travelled India during the height of the caste, it was not uncommon for those of the lowest caste to become kings! This is why traditional civilizations held the caste system in such high esteem: it was arranged to help each man realized his specific potentialities according to the God-given aptitudes of his nature.

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