This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

The war of ends and means

Means are rebellious by nature, always trying to dethrone their proper ends. Means wish for nothing more than to be exercised to their fullness. They are full of hubris. Ends serve for direction and moderation. Ends are therefore superior and prior to means. Because of this hostility, means are always seeking to drive out ends, and, because men are also full of hubris, they are easily convinced to forget about the ends and worship the means as ends in themselves. This perpetually “revolt of the means” is destined to create a vicious circle wherein there is no other “end” conceivable besides the further development of means. Once this happens, there is nowhere left for man to go but forward, as fast as possible.

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