This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

NOTICE:
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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Nature and what is natural

When discussing sex, inevitably someone will refer to various animal species and point out behaviors that they exhibit, such as animal promiscuity, and claim that because these behaviors occur ‘in nature,’ they are therefore ‘natural,’ not only to animals but to man as well, since man too is part of nature as they understand it. This stems from an incomprehension, or rather an abuse, of the term ‘nature.’ There is not such thing as ‘nature’ in a general and unqualified sense wherein all things are homogenous and subject to all of the same laws. There are a multitude of things that follow their own specific laws, which is to say there a multitude of natures and each animal species has its own to which it conforms. In other words, each species represents a certain unique type, and its behavior is only ‘natural’ within the bounds of that type and may or may not be natural to any other type. It is ‘natural’ for a whale to live in the ocean, but if we insisted on grouping a horse nature with the whale nature and tossed it into the ocean, we would find out very quickly the error of our view. In other words, just because a behavior occurs ‘in nature’ does not mean that we can call it ‘natural,’ except as it pertains to the species for whom it is proper. Yes, many animals are promiscuous. What has this to do with man? The female Praying Mantis eats the head off of its mate: shall we then recommend this to women, calling it ‘natural’? Mankind has a nature, and this nature has some commonality with the natures found in other species, but similarity is not identity. In order for human behavior to be considered natural it must conform to human nature, and we cannot discern what this is merely by observing promiscuous animals and cannibalistic insects. In other words, we cannot understand human nature by observing non-human behaviors.

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