This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

To what do the castes correspond?

We should now ask: to what fundamental tendencies do the castes correspond? In other words, what peculiar distinctions in the human nature are the social categories meant to serve? For that is, after all, their purpose: to serve a specific type of person and enable them to realize their potential to its fullest. Caste, even in theory, never pretends to act in the service of “the greater good” at the sacrifice of the individual who participates (and this is quite contrary to modern political theory, which is always about the greatest good of the greatest number).

To answer these questions, we can say that human nature distinguishes itself in individuals through different tendencies, which amount to different ways of relating to the world, of being conscious of it, and of perceiving what is real. In other words, men with different fundamental tendencies will differ with regard to what is ‘real,’ or at least ‘most real’ in their lives. This in turn dictates their pursuits and priorities, as well as how they valuate activities and vocations.

Obviously, since each tendency is an expression of human nature, each is ‘equally valid,’ even if they must still admit of hierarchical arrangement. If a given man has a given vocation, it is legitimate that he pursues it, and the crime would be for him to pursue the vocation of someone else with the idea that it was a more noble one than his. All castes are therefore necessary and worthy of respect as such.

Although not all traditions develop caste, all can acknowledge the principle just stated, and this acknowledgement alone would alleviate much of the strife in the world, in particular the failure of groups to respect one another.

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