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 must be very careful adapting traditional teachings in the present

In spite of all that we’ve said, we must admit that the traditional wisdom presents war not so much as a necessary evil and more as an opportunity for the emergence of heroism and the refining of oneself in favor of a superior character. Does this mean that we’ve taken up a position against tradition? Not hardly, although this requires some explanation.

First, it should always be understood that we are not addressing the same human type as that addressed by, for example, St. Bernard. Or, in the East, we could say that we do not have in mind, and could not possibly have in mind, the same intended audience as the Bhagavad Gita.

We address ourselves to the modern type, and to the traditional vocations insofar as they express themselves in decayed and partial form within the modern world. For this reason, we find that we cannot prescribe the same methods and attitudes as what might have been prescribed to the medieval crusader. To do so would be to completely ignore the drastic change in conditions and in humanity that have taken place since then, which involved a disorientation of the human psyche.

It would be an abuse to tell the solider of today that he should operate by precisely the same principles as what we find in the Hagakure, intended as it was for 17th century samurai.

This is a very important admission, and this is why we have hesitated even to mention any of the traditional attitudes prescribed for the warrior vocation, in fear of the possibility that this fact might be overlooked. Modern men have been rendered modern and while the old ways can still be applied in a certain sense, they cannot be carved out of their ancient context and pasted into the modern one.

Having emphasized this point, we will proceed with caution and offer a few remarks on what, in a different world, were the opportunities for true spiritual development that the warrior vocation presented; and at the same time, when possible, we will provide adaptations that might help the man who finds himself called to this vocation in the modern world, where it exists only in a very degraded form, so that he can make the most of his situation.

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