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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What is real for the Kshatriya?

The Kshatriya is the man of action, and for him, although his intellect may be powerful and spiritual sense quite developed, it is action that is most real. After all, it is action which determines things, and is not God the first mover, without whom nothing would be made? For the man of action, the highest pursuits are not inner or contemplative but external and expansive, and are enunciated in terms of virtue and glory and character. He is concerned less about the nature of reality than the influence he could exert upon it. This is why the Kshatriya coincides with the royal function and its representatives serve as rulers of the temporal order. And yet without knowledge, action is blind, and so the Kshatriya, despite its superior power of action, must be hierarchically subordinate to the Brahmana.

We will remark here that the Kshatriya presents himself as a de facto materialist, in the sense that his pursuits are necessarily bound up with the material order. What we mean to say is that he is a materialist only accidentally and not by nature. Action is primary, and he makes use of the material world in order to realize himself via action. His values are non-material and ‘noble,’ hence the name ‘nobility.’ This distinguishes the Kshatriya from the Vaishya.

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