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 law of heredity in the modern world

One of the reasons that modern people cannot properly appreciate the caste system is that is revolves around the laws of heredity. Now even modern psychology admits that temperament and even intelligence are largely determined by hereditary factors. The caste system is simply a social order designed to reinforce and channel these factors in such a way as to decrease the amount of internal dissonance that results from having diverse or competing factors at play in individuals such that they find it more difficult to discern “who they are” and, as a result, realize themselves via a vocation. The caste system does not so much seek to create distinctions as to protect the distinctions that are inherent in human nature.

Such an approach must be ancient—it cannot be implemented retroactively—and if it is ever lost it cannot be forcibly re-established. Once the batch is leavened, it cannot be unleavened. This means that a civilization that establishes itself on a blatant disregard for hereditary considerations will create a situation wherein the laws of heredity become inoperative, not because they do not exist, but because things have become so muddled that hereditary chaos is all that we see. Every birth is a matter of chance, and it is impossible to say with any certainty what kind of person my result from a particular marriage.

This is also why modern people are so horrified at the idea of a hereditary monarchy, or a hereditary aristocracy for that matter. They cannot imagine a situation where a ruler, even if capable, could reasonably expect to generate a capable successor, simply as a matter of birth. Today it is a “crap shoot,” and because that is the case today we assume that this was the case always.

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