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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Order

“In the beginning…” So says the book of Genesis. And indeed, always in Traditional myth the world begins when the Divine Will brings order out of chaos. Paradise was the moment of supreme ordering against disorder, and so it is clear that order and perfection are closely linked. The Garden of Eden was a reflection of this, and all that followed was a descent into disorder, and it is precisely this gradual ‘descent’ back into primordial disorder that will result in the Apocalypse. Given their awareness of this cosmic trajectory, it should be obvious why traditional peoples tend to guard against all forms of anarchy. We will return to this point below, but in anticipation we can say that this love of order is one of the primary reasons why traditional peoples do not show the same enthusiasm for ‘freedom’ that we might expect. Freedom, if not very carefully qualified and placed within strict limits, is merely chaos; and a political order that takes freedom as its guiding principle is implicitly inviting disorder, even ‘helping it along’. Even if there are merits in a healthy appreciation for personal freedom, it should not be too difficult to see why a society that envisions history as a descent from Edenic order to an inevitable cataclysmic disorder might be suspicious of any philosophy that places a disproportionate (we might even say excess) emphasis on freedom.

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