This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

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The banality of the end

Authentic teachings about the end of the world should not be confused with those ridiculous ‘doomsday’ sermons of modern times involving mass destruction, fire, brimstone, wailing, and gnashing of teeth. These are nothing more reflections of secular anxieties, and they have only begun to become religious opinions as true doctrine has begun to wane.

Conditions that characterize the end times are not sudden or abrupt shocks which overturn an otherwise peaceful existence, as if things could have gone on quite well had the higher powers not intervened to rain down chaos and destruction. On the contrary, traditional religions agree that those characteristics of the ‘last days’ are not novel but simply continuations of trends which we can already see. The end is nothing but the culmination of things that are already happening. It will come about perfectly naturally, as well as supernaturally. This does not mean that it will not be horrifying, but do we not witness horrifying things every day?

We must remember that the intervention of the divine acts primarily as a redemptive and not a destructive force. Thus, things will come to an inevitable finality through a cataclysm that certainly began long ago. Chaos will not be introduced which is not already in the works.

The evils of the last age will be evils of banality, passivity, and cowardice. That period may indeed be an epoch entirely free of physical pain, and because physical pain is a natural necessity and a created good, we can rest assured that in its absence a more sinister type of suffering will creep into man’s existence, one that was held at bay only so long as man possessed ways of coping with his mortality. Therefore, the end may be an age of anesthesia and ‘deadness’ to feeling, but it will be no less agonizing for that fact. The most painful tortures are not primarily physical. If we analyze the trends now underway, following them to their logical conclusion, we can see that this is quite clearly the direction we are moving. It is already apparent that what is pleasure for some is pain for others, what is noble for some is villainous for others. At some point, as this inversion is universalized, it may be that at the time of man’s greatest suffering, he believes that he is in perfect health, and at the time of his greatest poverty, his is unprecedentedly wealthy. So it is said:

“I know thy works, that thou art neither cold, nor hot. I would thou wert cold, or hot. But because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold, not hot, I will begin to vomit thee out of my mouth. Because thou sayest: I am rich, and made wealthy, and have need of nothing: and knowest not, that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked.”[1]

[1] Revelation 3:15-17.

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