This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

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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 problem with contrasting East and West

It may seem unfair or arbitrary to characterize the West as a monstrous aberration while suggesting that Eastern civilizations are more ‘normal’, constituted as they still are around an authentic tradition. The truth is that the West was not always what it is now, and for centuries it was loyal to Christianity, and the traditional principles we might see in Eastern civilizations were by and large identical (in principle, if not in application) to those which animated medieval Europe. The West was not born a perversion but became one through very distinct processes that we will discuss in detail elsewhere. We do not criticize the West for what it is in itself, but for what it has become, for its betrayal of certain truths without which man cannot become a fully developed spiritual being.

We should also admit openly that caution is necessary when it comes to idealizing the East. Indeed, it would be silly to put Eastern civilizations on a pedestal as if we wished to imitate them as they stand. The East seems to be following the trail blazed by Europe in the last few centuries. It did display some initial resistance to the disease and in some cases put up an impressive fight, but ultimately the delay seems to have only made the transition uglier once it finally succumbed. We must grant that the East, like the West, is capable of betraying its truth. Therefore, we use the East as a positive example strictly from the point of view of whatever remnants of the traditional framework are still operative, and only insofar as it has not given itself over completely to modernism.

A time may come very soon when we will have no positive point of comparison at all, and we will perhaps be forced to speak not of ‘East vs. West’ but of the world as it stands vs. a properly constituted civilization of which no example remains to be found.

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