This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

Unity

If God is the single source of all things, then all things find their ultimate source in a unity. The higher we rise toward God, the more unified and harmonized all things will come to be for us. This is not purely theoretical but is the actual experience of all sages throughout history: East or West, the general ‘insight’ of the sage is that my neighbor is not altogether separate from myself, that ‘we are all one body’ and that, on the basis of this underlying unity, I ought to love my neighbor as myself, and God above all, since He is the highest form of that unity. This is also the promise of all Gospels. In the end, that which was fractured will be made whole, so to speak, not in the sense that everything must collapse into God and cease to exist, but rather in the sense that any separation, disharmony, and alienation will cease to exist and everything begins to fall into its rightful place. This is why the traditional understanding of knowledge was symbolized by the “Great Wheel” with God at the center. The center point of any wheel has nothing within it, and is therefore an excellent representation of the invisible transcendent principle at the center of all knowledge. The spokes stretching outward toward the circumference then pass through varies “layers” of knowledge away from their source and seem further and further apart as they touch the actual edge of the wheel. Lacking an awareness of the center which unifies, it is understandable that the sciences of the modern world would be able to imagine themselves as separate compartments that may or may not intersect. Yet again, as one moves toward the center of the wheel, all knowledge is drawn closer together and ‘merged’ so that we eventually cannot help becoming aware that even those subjects which seem unrelated are in fact separate elements of a great unity. Thus, the traditional view of knowledge holds the subtle spiritual truths as central and higher than all else, and knowledge that is inferior and purely rational has its place further from the center. Here we should note that unity and hierarchy are two sides of the same coin. Unity based on equality is a fiction. No family, no business, no church, no cathedral could be built of all of the constituent parts were kept strictly speaking ‘equal’.

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