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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Physical compulsion cannot force a mental result

We have already mentioned this point, but it is worth repeating. We should never try to invoke a mental response directly via physical compulsion. Physical compulsion is at best a preliminary or a preparatory stage that makes education and proper socialization possible.

We can hope of course that the villain who is stopped by force from committing his crimes will eventually be in a position to understand the evil that is driving him, but we must always be cautious of the temptation to imagine our own interventions as being able to force this kind of epiphany. It puts too lofty a goal before such a blunt instrument as physical force.

This means that if we determine that it is permissible to compel citizens to serve in the military via the draft, we may choose to implement such a thing, but at the same time it would be foolish and counterproductive to demand something like patriotic fervor from unwilling participants. You can lead a horse to water, but you cannot make him thank you for it. Anyone who is in a position to resist evil with physical force should also accept that it is not ideal and is not necessarily going to bring about any kind of conversion, at least not directly.

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