This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

Principles are causes

Principles are the causes of the things. The principles of the created order, for example, are what predetermine its structure. That is why we say that creation is a reflection of the mind of God: God is the principle of his creation and so the nature of creation is determined by the nature of God. Thus, on the human level, knowledge of principles permits us to act in accordance with the laws of reality and guides all of our plans and programs. Without principles to guide us, our efforts will inevitably fly in the face of the truth. Knowledge of principles provides a superstructure within which we are permitted to construct, and without which all of our projects are doomed from the start. When a civilization rejects or forgets true principles, destruction or perversion or disorder must follow. This does not necessarily involve poverty and suffering within the social order. Depending on where and how the ‘absence of principle’ is most pronounced, the disease will express itself differently. For example, on the individual level, a man without principles might actually prosper and become very wealthy, while on the inside he is barely human. On the collective level, a civilization can sacrifice its own soul while prospering materially. Such is the case with the modern world at present. Principles, then, are at the heart of our discussion here, which implies the study of doctrine, since doctrine is nothing other than the knowledge of principles, knowledge of the Principle; and our study had to begin with a proper understanding of our terms, tradition in particular. As will become abundantly clear, any civilization that is not established on the basis of tradition will ‘lack principle,’ and therefore direction, and therefore order, and will do violence to itself and to others that fall under its influence, floundering as it must in its own ignorance

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