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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Truth is not the invention of the formulator

When philosophers espouse through their systems ideas that are true, they are not inventing anything, but merely giving unique expression to what has always been the case, and which was probably already known, even if it had been forgotten or was otherwise formulated in previous instances. Each scientific discovery is a process of our becoming aware of that which has always been there. We receive truth but we do not create it. That is to say, it is only error which is the property of individuals, and when some idea appears to be entirely novel it is almost certain that he who expresses it is largely, if not entirely, mistaken. “There is nothing new under the sun.” All of creation is a book that we are invited to read, and our role is to remain loyal to its contents as we come to understand them. Originality is usually just shoddy plagiarism, receiving attention only because it presents itself as an imitation of the truth, in proportion to the truth that it retains. This is the nature of heresy, for heresy is said to survive only due to the truth it retains, and often a small fragment of truth is capable of giving astoundingly long life to the most egregious of philosophical mistakes.

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