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 instinct for reproduction

One of the more confused theories put forward to explain sexuality is that it is an expression of an instinct for reproduction. Here it is not pleasure plain and simple that drives sexual behavior, a primal impulse toward the generation of offspring. This theory in particular is nonsense and could only be convincing in an entirely abstracted view of sexuality. Never in the moment of union are the man and woman driven by a desire for reproduction. This is not to say that couples do not desire offspring, nor is it to deny that there have been in the past and still are marriages arranged specifically for the purposes of creating offspring, but what has this to do with sexual desire? Political and social plans are one thing, as are the marriages they direct, but when man and woman come together in the moment, their excitement does not revolve around the prospect of a resulting child. Moreover, we could throw in the face of this theory all of the examples of sexual union where offspring was the last thing desired by the two, and where every pain was taken to avoid this possibility. The modern world and its preference for sterility, in fact, should be enough to set this theory aside. But beyond that, the term is a contradiction in itself, because it implies in the instinct a kind of calculatedness that instinct does not have. Ludwig Klages correctly observed that,

“It is a willful falsification to call the sexual instinct and instinct for reproduction. Reproduction is a possible outcome of sexual activity but is not in any way included in the actual experience of sexual excitement. The animal does not know of it; only man knows…”

And what’s more, this is empirical knowledge gained after the fact and it is ridiculous to try to classify it as an instinct. It seems that this could only be sold to minds whose view of ‘natural’ and ‘evolution’ has become so mystical as to be able to grant it powers of providence and planning.

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