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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To hide from the sword is to invite evil

Those weak-willed leaders who deny the function of the sword delude themselves by thinking that they can avoid this problem by hiding from it. The same goes for movements that would remove this vocation from society.

Evil wields the sword and when those who organize themselves in favor of God and of goodness refuse to allow also for the presence of the sword, they exclude the strongest from among them, or at least render them useless by robbing them of their function. This is not courage, it is ignorance and naivety, and the exclusion of the strong-willed and the clear-seeing in such movements creates an imbalance and perpetuates weakness. Those who will not face the harsh realities of resistance to evil ensure that they will be ruled by the weakest among them, who will often wind up promoting and enabling a different kind of violence in their turn.

They think that they are choosing the high road by refusing the necessary compromise, but it is a timeless fact that always and everywhere the best are called to fight and to sacrifice for those who will not and who tremble at the call. And just because these individuals fight by means that are not the best, it does not follow that they are not still the most noble.

Only the strong can endure this pseudo-participation in unrighteousness without being overrun by it, infected by it, conquered by it. Only the bravest who at the same time know the good and love it can take the spiritual blow and recover from it.

The monk and the scholar have the advantage of carrying out their good work and of serving the good with clean hands; the warrior must serve the good with hands stained with blood, not because he is bloodthirsty, but because there is no way around it.

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