This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

NOTICE:
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 myth of equilibrium

The psychologists, with their mechanistic materialism, obsessed with equilibrium and chemical reaction, have led you to believe that your mental health—your so-called “happiness”—is a matter of eradicating all inner tensions. Any sort of insanity and disorder, as they classify those things, is seen as a result of chemical imbalance or cognitive dissonance which calls for resolution. This is, to some degree, a valid premise, but they go too far. To remove all inner tension is to remove all humanity from the person. Only animals are without inner tension—they have nothing other than instinct, they have no “self” to transcend, and no spirit capable of that very transcendence. They are therefore always at peace. The “happiness” of the dog does indeed lie in “homeostasis.” Man, however, having his highest realization not in simple biological potentialities but instead in states of a supra-physical character, requires an almost constant inner tension. “Homeostasis” is for him a degradation, for a man will never be fully human until he climbs higher than his own humanity. Man is the only creature born incomplete, as a work in progress. Man is the only creature on earth with “something to gain” from life. Thus, you must always shun Aristotle’s “bovine happiness,” because, although it will tempt you with its sedentary comfort, this sort of peace is not your goal, nor is it a stage for you to occupy temporarily. You should pass it by without stopping.

There must be a sort of “balance” between inner and outer activity, because you cannot give yourself to both the inner and the outer at the same time. As one is engaged, the other must necessarily be sacrificed. Therefore, be wary of your calling. Are you called inward (towards knowledge)?—then act accordingly and do not become lax. Are you called outward (towards action)?—then act accordingly and do not become lax. Mind your calling. No one can fill it but you. And beware of inertia, for it is equally dangerous for all callings.

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