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 Words

Certain words, depending on time, place, and culture, wield an unbelievable amount of power over the minds and emotions of a people. These are usually the words which represent the supreme values of the society. In American society, examples might be words like: “liberty,” “freedom,” or “equality.” There are also vice words which correspond to these: “tyranny,” “slavery,” or “hate.”

The problem is that these words, while surrounded with an almost holy aura, are at the same time extremely vague. If someone says that “freedom is under attack,” everyone recoils in disgust, and yet we do not really know what this means—it could mean almost anything depending on the speaker. What if the speaker is referring to the “freedom to have an abortion”? What then?

But that is the beauty of virtue words: it draws the audience, almost irresistibly over to your side even before they know what exactly you are arguing for, because the response has become a reflex. The words “freedom” and “equality” act as invocations to the modern mind, producing an almost guaranteed effect. After reflection, of course, we may realize that we don’t agree with the speaker after all, but how many of us remember to pause and reflect?

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