This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

NOTICE:
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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Seeing beyond the familiar

To the most sensitive, the most self-aware, it is always clear that we are never able to really say what we mean, and that all language, all concepts that we are provided by language to work with, are insufficient. We combine and recombine these given concepts to make a straw man, and sometimes this helps us communicate what we have seen with the inner eye, but we know that it is just straw.

The difficulty is that most people do not live in their depths, and are more comfortable making use of borrowed concepts, and having adopted these concepts as their own ideas, they think that they are truly expressing themselves by deploying them as they do in everyday speech. It may be that they are right to believe this, since if they have not encountered the inexpressible, if they have never entered into the darkness wherein one experiences the flash of gnosis, they have no need to express it, and so these stock concepts suffice.  For these, it is true that they manage to always say what they mean, an nothing more, but the reason they are able to do this is because they never try to say much at all, never questioning, always repeating. Never entering the depths, they are not weighted with the need to report what they encountered there.

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