This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

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Presence and absence of caste in the traditional world

The system of castes is an expression of the nature of things, but as such it only expresses a certain aspect of reality by emphasizing a certain truth, which is hierarchy and differentiation. Diversity of qualifications (through birth or heredity) exists and so the caste system is justified, and that is enough.

But it is also true that the other side of the proverbial coin has equal validity, which is why we see traditional worlds, such as the Islamic one, which deploys an almost entirely egalitarian outlook (although not completely egalitarian, which would result in anarchy). This outlook results from a focus, not on the nature of the human condition in this world, but on the questions of man’s final end and spiritual nature, and in this regard each is equal to his neighbor.

The shape of the social order is therefore a result of the consideration given most weight by the doctrine or Revelation belonging to that world, which also, by the grace of God, corresponds to the nature of that particular human type.

Islamic egalitarianism, focused as it is on the final end of man, postulates the immortality of the soul; Hinduism, focused as it is on the diversity of qualifications and their hierarchical arrangement, postulates the divine character of the intellect and, as a result, gives priority of place to an intellectual elite.

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