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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Sin and moral wrong

Perhaps it would be helpful to draw a distinction between what moralism see as right and wrong and what is “sin” in the true sense. David broke the laws of the Old Testament, and suffered consequences, but at the same time we could say that from an esoteric point of view, God “inspired” his actions and that they were a matter of obedience to the spirit, and it would have been sin for him to otherwise.

There is a Sufi saying on the contradictions between the two orders:

“The exoteric way: I and Thou. The esoteric way: I am Thou and Thou are I. Esoteric knowledge: neither I nor Thou, Him.”

Exoterism takes the creature-Creator dualism to be an absolute, and not a relative, dualism. But no dualism can exist in the Absolute, and all dualism must fade and be ultimately reabsorbed into the Infinite. Esoterism admits a provisional distinction between the self and Self, for example, but only as apparent distinctions, as illusions to be overcome by transcending them, realizing the Truth through knowledge. Thus, esoterism accepts as legitimate much of the dichotomizing that is done in exoterism, but it puts it all in its place as relative.

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