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 reason for writing

This collection of notes was produced at the request of my wife and for the sake of posterity. In that sense it was originally written for my family. I offer it here, with some hesitation, on the assumption that someone else might find it edifying even in this poorly edited and barely organized form.

The scope of the project, which I envisioned as a kind of ‘manual for life’, has always been ludicrous. Namely, a work of synthesis integrating the various areas of knowledge necessary for understanding oneself and the reality in which we find ourselves entangled.

Now, after having put years of work into it, I am at peace with the fact that it will never be ‘complete’ in any real sense. The last print version was over a thousand pages long, and much of what I intend to include is still missing. I can only guess at how preposterously large the project might be before mortality brings it to a point of abrupt termination. When it is all said and done, I suspect that it will only amount to a loosely organized collection of notes, a minor contribution to a much larger, more comprehensive work that could only ever exist as an aspiration.

Beyond the fact that my goal was utterly unreachable from the start, I have the happy distraction of children and the demands of my ‘normal job’. These responsibilities force me to be somewhat selective in what I have included thus far. I have also been limited in how much I’ve been able to refine the content once written. There is a definite unevenness in the flow, and a lack of balance in the subject matter. At one point I will gloss over a complex issue, and elsewhere I will dwell in excess on some trivial matter that seemed important to me at the time.

All that is to say that the reader should be prepared for a complete lack of discipline especially when it comes to editorial work. My situation being what it is, I have never had the money or the desire to work with an editor. If circumstances provide for it, I suppose a proofreader could help a great deal, and perhaps the edition you have in front of you will have that benefit, but I doubt it. Most likely you will find errors, unfinished sentences, and odd notes that were obviously scribbled as reminders for me to put something somewhere but which I never addressed. Some of what I have written I have never read a second time. In that way, this project will have some of the characteristics of a diary, which might be incredibly annoying to some, but helpful to others.

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