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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When and where

We have completed our introductory chronological approximation, placing man within the “modern” era, specifically toward the end of the Dark Age, also called the Iron Age or Kali Yuga. We have answered the question “When?” Now we must answer the question: “Where?”—in the specifically geographical sense. At present we find ourselves in the United States, and so it might be reasonable to assume that, beyond my own family, most of those who encounter this manual will also be Americans. The United States is perhaps the most ‘modern’ of all modern nations, and even if that is not the case it is certainly the most outspoken proponent of the basic tenets of modernity: namely, Progress, Technology, Materialism, Liberty and Equality. The United States is the intellectual product of the Enlightenment, and the religious product of the Reformation. When you live in such a nation, at such a time, you have certain advantages. You will be able to the unfolding of the Dark Age ‘from the driver’s seat’, which is to say, in terms of cause and effect, you would be situated at the level of causes. If you were in a third world country, you would find yourself situated at the level of consequences, suffering mostly the secondary results of what has transpired in the developed world. Yet, that very advantage will also be your disadvantage. You are too close to the thing, and it is too familiar. The very symptoms of decadence and dissolution are second nature to you, so you will have difficulty bringing them into focus. What I point out as a sign of decay, you will have been trained to see as a proof of advancement, a badge of honor. For example, the Renaissance, which from the point of view of this manual ought to be considered the moment of death for normal civilization in the West, has always, from the point of view of the modern world, been celebrated as a moment of birth. John Locke is a new Moses leading the new chosen people out of their religious ‘captivity’ of ignorance into the Promised Land of liberty, equality, and secularism. Nonetheless, I think you will not find these difficulties impossible to overcome. After all, I can only assume that you’ve read this far because it has made some amount of sense to you. Just remember, as we move forward in our discussion, that you are on the crest of a giant wave; and although the exhilaration and beauty of your present elevated circumstances may certainly offer you a blissful view of the horizon, you might also ask what worlds have been crushed and buried deep beneath your feet, and what destruction looms ahead.

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