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 role of doubt

Due to certain philosophical trends since Descartes, we also need to mention the role of doubt in the quest for knowledge. It has become the status quo to begin by doubting everything, and then asking what we may really know. This is an impossible starting point. One cannot doubt everything: when one pretends to doubt everything, this only demonstrates that one has not become aware of the first principles on which they must stand. One must already be on solid ground before ‘doubt’ can be deployed at all.

Doubt is an act of review, of auditing our collected concepts one at time. It has no positive role, and cannot construct or demonstrate to us anything of value: it can only revise the flawed or reject the false, and so to begin in doubt is to try to write a sentence using a pencil that has an eraser on both ends.

What is most important however is that doubt is a tool of the rational faculty and can neither validate nor invalidate the truth that we encounter in the supra-rational, that is to say, the knowledge of the inexpressible, gnosis. An eraser can audit what has been written, but it cannot erase the hand that did the writing. Rub the paper clean, but the hand still holds the pencil.

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