This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

The rule of secrecy in the modern world

The traditional approach to esoterism was secrecy. Some historians will attribute this concealment to zealousness, persecution, and small-minded ignorance on the part of religious authority. In other words, the few who possessed the truth were driven into hiding by the ‘official’ Church. This was Julius Evola’s mistake regarding the secrecy of the alchemists in the medieval period. The mistake is understandable because it is true in a sense. The religious authorities were indeed suspicious of esoteric elements when it came to official dogma, but we need to understand this opposition correctly. It was not wrong, and not due to incomprehension plain and simple. The teachings of esoterists are very easily misunderstood by the majority, and in societies that are religious in character, it is not safe to permit easily misunderstood doctrines to be spread within the domain of a particular religious form. It is a matter of prudence and not of persecution or self-interest, and it is the role of the religious authorities to act in this way, even if it does seem to suppress esoterism.

Having rendered the opposition of the religious authorities understandable, we should ask whether it is acceptable and prudent today, in the present, to speak openly about these teachings, or if secrecy ought to remain the rule always and everywhere.

To this, we reply that we no longer live in a traditional civilization ruled by a religious mentality under the guidance of a particular religious form. Instead, we live in a time of chaos where unbelief and anarchy are the norm, and where doctrine of any kind is almost entirely absent. Thus, we are free from both difficulties faced by the alchemists: we cannot lead the general public away from orthodoxy, since they are nowhere near it and don’t even have any concept of it; and we also need not fear opposition by the religious authorities, because these also have been removed from any effective power over the world.

We can openly speak of these things because in the main no one will listen, and while damage can still be done to those who cannot understand these things, it will be outweighed by any help offered to those who can understand but lack access to this knowledge.

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