This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

The supra-individual nature of the thing

Now, a bit of advice as to how you might approach the world in light of this data.

First and foremost, you should accept at once that there is no ‘man behind the curtain’, no mastermind adjusting those gears which you see grinding men into nothing. This evil is beyond you, in the sense that you cannot truly stop it. There is no villain to fight and no dragon to heroically kill. You can withstand it, of course, and therein lies the whole warrior-ascetic vocation—but you cannot destroy this force or reverse the work being done, any more than you can ‘turn back the clock’ on history.

The evil we describe is supra-human. Do not, therefore, mistake your neighbor for the devil. He is capable of evil acts, as are you, as are we all, and some of us more than others, but no one person or group or movement could possibly shoulder the blame for all of this. To try and ‘locate’ your enemy in anything more than a relative sense will only lead you to exaggerate human evils and lash out day after day at men who may be participating in the chaos, but whose powers you vastly overestimate by assuming they actually know what they are doing.

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