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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We have a responsibility to our symbols

It is said sometimes that the world is an illusion, and insofar as this has religious truth it simply means that the appearances of things are not the end of the story and that the root of all beings is beyond them, and that only the beyond-being is ultimately real. Yet this way of putting it is not entirely apt, and it might be better to say that the world is more an allusion than an illusion. All beings possess significance, but this significance alludes to a deeper meaning that we must penetrate.

Every being must be understood as signifying something beyond itself, as conveying a hidden meaning, as a term in the divine vocabulary that has no synonym. This being the case, to be implies to be responsible to some meaning. For me to exist at all means that I must stand for something. If the rock or the tree or the bird in the sky all convey a meaning that is beyond them, so also do I represent something that is beyond my individual self. Thus, I am responsible to that something, to that truth that I manifest and from which I derive whatever meaning I possess.

We, all of us, are symbols, in the traditional sense, or more accurately we are composed of various symbols. Every being is composed of symbols, and feels an obligation to realize its symbols. Plants and animals do this perfectly, manifesting precisely what they must. It is only man who can choose to manifest or, on the contrary, to betray his symbols by trying to manifest some other meaning, or by pretending that he can choose his own symbols and reject those given to him.

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