This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

What does this mean for the conduct of one’s life?

If it be asked how the previous comments are capable of acting as a support to spiritual realization and, on a more practical level, the development of an appropriate attitude toward the world around us, we can offer the following:

To the extent that you recoil in disgust at the degeneration of the world, this very extent do you protest the return of the Messiah, since the dissolution of things is at the same their rebirth: death and birth have a kind of identity, each being a gateway to the other, and a necessary but painful transition accompanies both. As Christ draws near, the world trembles, and our egos experience this as an agony and a dying, because after all, it is the ego that must perish if we are to become Christs.

Resist not evil: resist not the coming of the Messiah. The Antichrist, must come first. Woe to him who identifies with the latter as a result of his ego-rebellion against the coming of the former. You will participate in the pains of the world but the knowledge that your struggle is vain and that to join in any world-saving cause is to fight with the Antichrist, this is wisdom, this is spiritual maturity. This is the proper posture of the Dark Age. Much of what follows is a result of this realization and assumes its acceptance. Does this mean that we have no battles to fight? Far from it. But what it means is that, as has already been said, a discernment of spirits is necessary in order to know which battles are part of the true war. Begin with the self, and permit the battlefield to extend from there.

Fight to alleviate the suffering of your fellows but remember that they too have a battle to fight and that there is more to this ‘true victory’ than the alleviation of suffering, and that suffering is not something that the human condition should ever try to escape entirely.

Act as a paradoxical fighting martyr, one who knows they go to the lions and accepts this in Christ-like fashion, but who fights nonetheless, not in hope of worldly victory over evil, but because the Lesser Holy War acts as a support and a preparation for the Greater Holy War. Our exterior combat is thereby legitimized and circumscribed within proper limits, avoiding fanaticism for vain causes in favor of a spiritual liberation.

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