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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Superiority and inferiority in the occasional teacher

We just said that the exercise of the function of upaguru does not depend on mental, moral, or spiritual qualifications, and this is true in itself. However, we should this additional clarification: the relationship between teacher and student, however temporary and limited in scope that might be, does imply superiority of some kind, and the fact that spiritual counsel is being sought implies a recognition of that superiority. To accept these implications and to do one’s best to carry out this function does not imply any kind of pride or arrogance. It is simply a recognition of the complexities of human superiority and inferiority, illustrating that a person who is normally and in most respects inferior to another might, at a particular time and in a particular way, act from a position of superiority.

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