This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

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Religion and egalitarianism cannot co-exist

“Hierarchies are heavenly. In hell, all are equal.”

~ Nicolas Gomez-Davila[1]

“In Hell there is Democracy, in Heaven there is a Kingdom.”

~ St. John of Kronstadt

Hierarchy is the reflection, not only of earthly reality, which is never egalitarian, but also of the celestial order, which is, after all, a kingdom.

Many of the prejudices against traditional social structures stem from the modern mania for equality at all costs. Egalitarian systems cannot allow a vertical dimension to exist, and so they are by nature antagonistic to religious principles.

All religion implies transcendence, which implies a vertical dimension, which in turn implies hierarchy. Egalitarian democracy (and socialism, for that matter) denies this dimension, only allowing for differences to exist on a “horizontal” plain. Men can be “different” but they must always be “equal” from a hierarchical perspective. Anything else is repugnant to the egalitarian mind, which abhors vertical diversity, whatever it may preach about diversity in other respects. Religion and egalitarianism are therefore mutually exclusive, although this does not prevent the mass of individuals from attempting to entertain and apply both at the same time. Such is the primary source of what is called “cognitive dissonance” in our contemporaries.

[1] Davila, 2013 edition, p. 203.

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