This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

NOTICE:
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 centrifugal force of becoming

Anything established within the material order is immediately subject to decay and dispersion, which are the governing conditions of becoming. The order of becoming exerts a force that can be called centrifugal, and this on every level, whether psychological or physical. This is why societies detached from a transcendent, unifying center tend to become focused on the material order, pursuing ends that are ‘practical’ (the creation of wealth, for example) instead of moral or religious. As they give themselves over to this unconscious materialism they become more subject to its laws; as a result, they become expansive or ‘imperialistic’ and they begin to grope and stretch themselves across the globe, as if the way to peace were to break away and flee from themselves, slave to an urge they cannot even identify, forced to invent ridiculous justifications for this impulse. All colonialism is a manifestation of it. They then boast of great ‘discoveries’ that resulted from their materialism, and they claim responsibility for improving the human condition all over the globe via their courageous feats of ‘exploration’, but they gain nothing thereby, not in the realm of pure knowledge and certainly not in terms of scratching the itch that drive them into this frenzy. They only become more disturbed and more restless. Unable to imagine any alternative way of being, they constantly redouble their efforts. Without something to counterbalance this urge toward horizontal (worldly) dispersion, which is truly a ‘will to death,’ the civilization in question grows like a cancer until it exhausts its own vitality and resources, at which point it withers and is consumed by an external power.

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