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 emergence of man

We will emphasize once more, as we near the end of this discussion, that it is man who, being most closely bound up with the higher states, would have been the last to take on the corporeal form, but this does not mean that he did not dwell in the world prior to that moment: and if he did dwell in the world all the while, it goes without saying that his experience would have been Paradisal, being still enwrapped in the bosom of God. He would have been immune to all of the weaknesses of the corporeal state: he would not have had to suffer pain, he would not have aged, nor would he have left any mark on the fossil record. In fact, for him death would not yet have entered the world because he would not have had a corporeal body with which to suffer that event. Lastly, we can observe that such a being as ‘original man’ would know things as they are, by direct perception, and would not be subject to the blindness that comes with mere sensory perception which deals only in ‘reflected knowledge.’ Original man would not be subject to that profound ignorance that would be the fate of later human experience. All that is to say, only once he emerged in corporeal form could he taste the knowledge of good and evil.

Since we just mentioned the experience of death, it is also conceivable that during that period of transition when man began to take on corporeal bodies, their spiritual state could have been such that, until a certain point of materialization was reached, the corporeal body was reabsorbed into the subtle body at the moment of death, and this would remain the case so long the subtle predominated over the corporeal. This would present cases where man lived and acted and could even have left traces of his presence in the corporeal world, but without leaving any skeletal matter behind after death.

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