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 sense meaning is not to create it

In a world where man is taught that he can create his own meanings, even to the point of creating and re-creating his own fundamental identity, it is sometimes difficult to get the point across that man does not create meaning, ever, in any way. Meaning is derived from the perception of the truth about reality, from penetrating the superficiality of appearances and glimpsing the essence of things. We discover meaning, but we cannot invent it. All great teachers, all great artists, are engaged in a project, not of self-expression, but of world expression. Their victories, when they occur, are in unveiling the significance of things to themselves and to others, and in introducing us to the grandeur of the real. True, we feel like this or that phrase or work of art inspired in us the sense of grandeur and awe that we now recognize as the sense of the sacred, but this does not mean that they created the reality that we have sense by way of their works. Rather, they aid us by constructing what we could call an occasional cause of wonder and of exaltation. To put it simply, they map the territory and reveal for us the locations of things that we did not know were there, and may never have found, or would not have found without great difficulty.

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