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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This section in relation to the whole

My purpose now is to provide observations and recommendations that would help the modern individual on a more personal level, as opposed to the rest of this manual, which focuses on theory, history, doctrine, and collective psychology. In some ways this necessitates a more conversational approach, which in turn means that I must address a specific audience. Often, especially for the early sections, I am addressing the individual who is just beginning to realize that they are not on the same wavelength as the world in which they find themselves. This would typically imply that the audience is young, but perhaps not. Perhaps they’ve felt this way for years, unconsciously, and this situation has built up in them a terrible sense of alienation, frustration, and even shame, even creating in turn a powerful resentment toward previous generations and ‘the world’ in general, life itself seeming to present only possibilities that are inhuman and abhorrent. Such are the preliminary struggles I wish to address before moving on to more general counsels regarding self-knowledge and practical approaches to things like political participation. I wish to suggest that my way of interpreting life can provide a degree of inner peace, even if we cannot alter external circumstances.

I hope that, despite the shift in tone, the content is comprehensible to anyone who considers himself in the early stages of ‘re-orientation’ that follow the coming to birth of the intellect. As always, if the reader is more interested in comments directly related to prayer or to some other subject, I recommend that you skip these preliminary observations and simply move on as needed. I will emphasize again, as I have before, that this manual is not a systematic exposition: when in doubt, it would probably be best to read it in the order presented, but when you know what you are looking for, you should move directly to your point of interest.

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