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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Rights presuppose duties

The Catholic Church always addresses the notion of right and duty at the same time. The former cannot be separated from the latter without undermining both. Following the reasoning of St. John XXIII, we can say that rights “are inextricably bound up with as many duties, all applying to one and the same person. These rights and duties derive their origin, their sustenance, and their indestructibility from the natural law, which in conferring the one imposes the other.”[1] To use but one example, we can say that the right to life carries with it the duty to preserve one’s life. The two components are two sides of the same coin: “to claim one’s rights and ignore one’s duties, or only half fulfill them, is like building a house with one hand and tearing it down with the other.”[2] This is why the Church, sensing an unfortunate “gap” between the letter and the spirit of rights,[3] calls for the constant fostering of a social sense that remains aware of the needs of the common good.[4]

[1] PT, 28.

[2] PT, 30.

[3] RH, 17.

[4] OA, 23.

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