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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The advantage of co-existing vernacular and official languages

Among Eastern peoples there is often a wide range of vernacular tongues. In this aspect, language in the East is less formal than in the West. However, at the same time, there is always an ‘official language’ that is preserved for the sake of doctrinal exposition. This has the dual advantage of isolating a ‘static’ language for the expression of metaphysical principles, which are by nature immutable, holding them above and beyond the changes that are bound to occur in the everyday languages of the people. This prevents distortions in doctrine. This is why certain tongues are sometimes called ‘dead languages’ by the West. Western civilization does not generally concern itself with metaphysics and, on the contrary, seems to worship the chaotic ‘development’ in its languages. That is why Latin, the last ‘official’ language of the Western world, was happily discarded as ‘dead’ at the end of the Middle Ages. Nor has the West retained a concern for the full expression of thought in everyday language, which is the purpose of vernacular. Since the 17th century, the main concern for the West has been of the economic order, and for this all that matters is that the means of expression be everywhere the same, even if its subtlety and range of expression is significantly diminished thereby. We can say that English, as spoken in the United States, abhors both the heights and the depths of language as traditionally used. It prefers straightforward mediocrity, so that an instruction manual for the latest cellular phone can be read just as easily on the East coast as on the West. The result is what some have called a trader’s tongue, appropriate for the life of the technician, and necessarily only within the context of industrialism.

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