This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

NOTICE:
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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Traditional language and magic

We said above that the true name of a being is identical with that being, and to speak the name is to invoke the being. To elaborate even further, it is precisely this principle that is at work in the case of incantations, magical or otherwise, and it explains why magic makes no sense in the modern world. Magical formulas employ ‘real’ words, words that correspond with actual beings or forces of a subtle order, and when language loses its connection with reality, or when the identity between name and being is lost or becomes nominalist, magic naturally becomes ‘ineffective’ and farcical. We can say that arbitrary languages like contemporary English are intrinsically impotent beyond the purely utilitarian level, using words as vehicles to convey the artificial meanings assigned to them, whereas a traditional meaning-bound language is capable of interacting with reality in ways that the modern world cannot begin to comprehend.

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