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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Virtue and morality

Virtue is a conformity with God, and is as necessary for the contemplative as it is for the believer, perhaps even more so given the order of knowledge sought but the former. But there needs to be a distinction between a moral code and the possession of a virtue, since the latter has more of a relative legitimacy. In other words, virtue is often obtained by means of a moral code, but two very different moral codes may support the practice of the same virtue. Therefore, virtue transcends the moral code, and the latter is really a tailored and contingent guide to action put in place for a specific type of person, whereas virtue should be sought by every human type via different moral codes.

Two religious dimensions: exoterism and esoterism.

Exoterism: morality, action, merit, grace, salvation.

Esoterism: symbol, knowledge, concentration, identity, realization.

The passional man approaches God via action, and is supported by a moral code.

The contemplative approaches God through realization, which leads to union with the Divine Essence, supported by symbolism and knowledge.

Morality is a principle of action, and deals with merit. Symbolism is support for contemplation, and leads to intellection and the identity between subject and object.

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