This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

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The disbandment of the warriors

In speaking of ‘extinct’ vocations or types, we can also say that the modern world has no place for the traditional warrior type in either its philosophy and social structure. As with the elderly, the modern mentality isolates and destroys this type; but unlike the elderly who represent a stage man cannot yet avoid, the warrior represents instead a particular vocational path, and so unlike old age, a vocational path can be circumvented and removed completely. The process is convoluted and requires a more detailed overview than we intend to provide in this section but suffice it to say that extinct types are usually replaced by a surrogate, and in this case the ‘warrior’ has been replaced by the ‘solider’. Every modern nation possesses the latter in great abundance–the former only in a veiled way and as an anomaly. Because of this, we can use those historical events which represent the destruction of the warrior path as another set of ‘markers’ which identify the genesis of the modern world and the death of the traditional spirit that animated the Middle Ages as it animates all traditional worlds. For examples, we can point to two very clear markers of this type, one in the West, and one in the East. These are the chivalric knight, and the samurai.

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