This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

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Shame as betrayal

The result of this neglect of our collective spiritual education, after so many infidelities to the truth we were meant to preserve, is the pain of shame. Shame is the penalty we receive when we leave open the city gates so that the enemy can come and go freely, pillaging and plundering at will. Shame comes from the betrayal of whatever nobility had been built up in Western civilization over the centuries.

Much of what is said or done today in art and literature could be interpreted as an expression of this shame or as a response to it. We go to great lengths to reassure ourselves. Observe with care the attitude toward shame displayed by social movements in late-stage modern civilization.

Since we do not understand the cause of this shame, since we are no longer even aware of the betrayals we commit, we feel the shame, but we perceive it as an injustice. After all, it is unjust to be humiliated for a crime you do not even understand. We reject our shame as we would deny a slanderous accusation brought against us. We become indignant, unaware of the nature of our guilt, but feeling it all the same. It is common to hear people talk of shame as if it were a thing to be rejected altogether, and we are encouraged to suppress it as if its presence were a sign of bad hygiene, preventing us from ‘being proud of who we are’ and from ‘doing what we have a right to do’.

The ideal state, we are told, is one of shamelessness, where the only vices are scruples. In terms of the spiritual life, this amounts to the willful demolition of one’s inner defenses so that any and all influences gain access to the holy center, good and evil alike, without discrimination. To argue for anything less than this surrender is called bigotry, prejudice or hate. This is perhaps the final stage of the decomposition of the conscience, of progressive barbarism.

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