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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Principles and preferences

Tradition is an aggregate of principles, and if we had to summarize problem of the modern world in a single sentence, we could say that the modern world has no principles and, in the absence of principles, has established itself on the basis of preferences.

Everything else follows naturally from this, and one of the primary purposes of this manual is to acquaint the reader with actual principles, and not merely principles of the social order, but primarily of the metaphysical order, since metaphysical principles alone are supreme, and if properly grasped they are capable of giving order to everything else, and are in fact the only thing that can do this.

That is to say, he who comprehends the metaphysical will be capable of comprehending the political and of passing judgement on its applications, since the higher comprehends the lower.

If this all sounds strange, it can only be because the prevailing modern view maintains a confused idea of what principles are. Principles are the result of a knowledge of reality. They are given, not invented or chosen.

Preferences, on the other hand, will always be somewhat arbitrary and may or may not have anything to do with reality or objective truth.

In the modern world we think that ‘freedom’ and ‘equality’ and ‘human rights’ are principles, but obviously these are merely preferences of a certain order, or rather they are pseudo-principles based on a predisposition.

Principles in the true sense are more like ‘facts’ about the nature of reality—the total reality, metaphysical as well as physical, and with regard to man this includes his bodily, psychic, and spiritual dimensions: body, mind, and spirit.

To illustrate the point with a simple example, we can say that hierarchy is a principle, while equality is a preference that not only ignores the principle but outright denies it. Hierarchy is an aspect of reality that is fundamental to the structure of everything we know, regardless of which order we are discussing—physical, psychic, spiritual; terrestrial or celestial—whether the Kingdom of God or the world of man, hierarchy is the rule. Equality exists only in the mind and in the Declaration of Independence.

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