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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Military service is not a direct road to heroism

To those who seem to place military service on a kind of pedestal, such that anyone who enlists is granted something like secular sainthood, it would be good to make the observation that although military service offers an opportunity for heroism and therefore spiritual realization, it is one of the most indirect and hazardous paths to that destination.

To become good, the normal means is to flee from evil. That is undeniable and ought to be the normal way of pursuing virtue and goodness. The soldier does the opposite. His challenge is to find a way to become good while running toward evil and entering into a reciprocal relationship with it and even sacrificing himself to its power. Do we really need to emphasize the problems that come from making light of this path, encouraging all young men to see it as sure title to virtue and public respect? Chosen lightly or for the wrong reasons (for example, social clout or college tuition) it creates a class, not of heroes, but of mercenaries, and that is an entirely different thing.

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