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 body as participation in the material order

We have spoken several times of material phenomena, and this applies also to the human body, which is itself part of the material order. To strike another person and cause them pain might be the result of a good or an evil will, and could therefore be deemed morally good or morally evil. The mere fact of causing pain is not enough to make the judgement. Our body language also is neither good nor evil but flows directly from the interior chamber where good and evil vie for supremacy, and also in the interplay between two persons and their influence on one another.

There are so many acts, expressions, and gestures the moral character of which might change drastically depending on the inner life of the person. Who could argue that a smile is always good and loving and not sometimes the fa├žade of hypocrisy? How often is a seemingly kind word actually a manipulation, a flattery, or a seduction? To feed the hungry might be an act of love but it might also hide ulterior motives. We can mention here the Gospel story of the widow who gave a pittance and was judged morally superior to those who gave much more.

Good works support spiritual growth but cannot ensure it. Those who say that good works have no value are correct only in the very narrow sense that good works cannot guarantee that the will is in fact conformed to the good.

To summarize, we could say that material phenomena take on a strictly moral significance only insofar as they are signs and consequences of internal states. Actions and moral codes of action indicate and support an inner conformity with the good.

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