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 sublimation and the norm

Great men and founders of religion usually manifest one of two things: either a sublimation or a norm. Christ, for example, is a sublimation in the sense that he represents the “otherworldly” in the world, hence Christians consider themselves “in the world but not of it,” and the idea that Christ’s Kingdom is not of this world. Buddha is also in this category, as are all the ascetics and hermits. The other path, that of a norm, is represented by Mohammed, Moses, and Abraham, who brought a social order and way of living to a people in addition to a religious life.

The Western mentality is essentially Christian, and this applies even to atheists, since we are dealing with characteristics of the mind and not with any specific ideas or beliefs.

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