This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

The contemplative is maladjusted

We have said that in order to develop a sense for the inexpressible, which will become the sense of the sacred, one must not be at ease with familiar concepts, settling into the routine of thinking in terms of mental clichés. Those who succeed in this are habitually maladjusted to the ideas that everyone else seems to take for granted: they take little for granted because they know that conventional concepts do not deserve that much credit, and that in a generation or two they’ll be discarded. The more heightened the sense of the sacred, the more critical is our acceptance of the products of the reason: it is not that the reason is disdained, but that it is seen for what it is. This is why the sage often irritates his contemporaries prefer to live on ready-made theories and to think by way of concepts the true meaning of which they’ve never made the least effort to discern. He cannot imitate them, he cannot think as they think and still provide the insights that it is his vocation to provide.

We derive concepts from the reason; we derive insights from the transcendent.

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