Most people in the United States are taught to associate the Dark Ages with a period in European history between the 5th and 15th centuries after the fall of the Roman Empire. Discussions about the ‘Dark Ages’ usually turn on the social and economic relation between peasants and landlords, various warlords, the Catholic Church, as well as people’s overall quality of life. People then were dirt poor, they were generally unhealthy, and they lived short lives averaging about 23 years of age.
Discussion of the general characteristics of the Dark Ages is usually avoided in K- through 12 public schools in the United States and it is glossed over as simply being the consequence of the fall of the Roman Empire as though the Romans were enlightened peoples.
Also ignored is the idea that a ‘Dark Age’ is not necessarily a social condition frozen in the past nor should it be singularly identified by a number of dead European cultures.
But on a higher plane, the Dark Ages were not only an exterior set of material conditions blocking human intellectual and material development but rather the Dark Ages was also a culture reflective of an interior absence of conscientiousness in each person who lived in it.
In order to avoid confusion, let me define two concepts for you. First, the word conscience means an inner feeling or voice viewed as acting as a guide to the rightness or wrongness of one’s behavior and the capacity in a person to empathize with other peoples’ feelings and conditions. Secondly, a ‘Dark Age’ means a high point in cultural dysfunction which is not limited to the past nor measured by a societies technological development.
A dark age is a majority human population at any particular moment in human history which is characterized by extreme scientific ignorance, vulgarity, frivolity, lack of hygiene, cruelty such as torture, endless economically motivated warfare, human economic exploitation, religious superstition, and an absence of popular conscientious sentiment.
My question is whether or not those characteristics fit the United States and global nations today? My answer is that those definitions do describe today’s societies. Except for a very small minority of people, we are right now living in a historical moment of high social dysfunction all over the world.
But I should clarify what I don’t mean by ‘a very small minority’. What I do not mean by ‘a very small minority are formally educated people such as scientists, technicians, and oligarchs.
Scientific knowledge and mechanical skills as well as having had a liberal arts education is not necessarily indicative of conscientiousness. In fact, it may be indicative of the exact opposite. We know that as evidenced by the corruption in both our state and federal judicial systems.
Conscientious self-questioning is not practiced outside the narrow circle of self-interests by the majority of the educated classes. And the problem only gets worse among the less educated and poor in society because they are usually imitative of upper class mores.
We know that because a majority of lower class citizens in the United States support crimes against humanity now being perpetrated in the world. Those same people are also silent on the moral issues surrounding commercial degradation of the global environment. For example, recently it was uncovered that the Governor of Michigan approved for use contaminated water for citizens in Flint Michigan. Flint Michigan is a city with a 56% black population. Thousands of people are now suffering the adverse side effects of lead poisoning and will continue to suffer through the duration of their lives.
The fact that it was done knowingly and with reckless disregard for human life is evidence of a contradiction between what politicians say when they take an oath of office and what they do to innocent people who stand in the way of their own interests when they are in positions of power. Another example is Rob Emmanuel the mayor of Chicago Illinois. That mayor attempted to suppress evidence of a cold blooded killing of a black youth in Chicago. Then, another case emerged in which the district attorney withheld evidence in the case of another black man who was killed by police for no cause. Rob Emmanuel suppressed that information as well. But for having been caught, Rob Emmanuel would care less about those two unjustified police killings.
But how does the lack of moral conscience show itself in the scientific community? There are 5.8 million scientists in the world. Of that total number, there are 2.5 million scientists who are U.S. citizens and that number does not include the millions of technical support professionals who work with them on projects.
The majority of those scientists and technicians are employed by commercial institutions which contract with governments to make technologies designed to inflict death on whole populations of human beings as well as to degrade the natural environment. Most of those very same scientists make no conscientious objection to the uses of their technological innovations by the companies and governments they are employed by. They simply work for money and scientific prestige. Why are they so indifferent?
One reason for their lack of conscientiousness is their adherence to atheism. Atheism literally means ‘against God’ or anti-God and the counter belief that life is inherently meaningless. For example, in the United States, 93% of all top scientists who belong to the ‘National Academy of Sciences’ are self-proclaimed atheists.
This is one reason which explains why they suffer no moral dilemma about making weapons of mass destruction and the use of those weapons on both human populations and the natural environment. I think of all the napalm bombs which were dropped upon the people and jungles in Vietnam and of cluster bombs being used to kill civilians in Yemen by Saudi Arabia today. The scientists who invented those weapons never protest against the use of those weapons.
The vast majority of people are not knowledgeable of the mechanical or electronic nature of the technology they use on a daily basis. For instance, the fact that cell phones emit dangerous radiation is unknown by the average person. The average person could not explain how an internal combustion engine works to generate energy even though the vast majority of them have been living in societies where cars have been driven for over one hundred years.
The truth is that there is no reason to accept a claim that every human being has reached a historically unparalleled rise in consciousness let alone conscientiousness. Not even a significant percentage of human beings have reached higher conscientiousness. Otherwise the average person would be intelligent enough to comprehend how they are politically manipulated and stop it and we would not be in the national and global predicament we are in now.
The truth is that most people still subscribe to old myths and stereotypes; they are the very same myths and stereotypes which guided beliefs and behaviors of people 5000 years ago. Most people are willing to act on those kinds of beliefs even if their actions result in crimes against humanity. For example, recently a Muslim women stood up at a Donald Trump presidential political rally wearing a T-Shirt which read: ‘Salaam, I come in peace’. As she stood silently, the crowd nearly attacked her physically. She was taken out of the arena by armed security guards. The crowd displayed subconscious mob reactions to negative stereotypes. Had they been triggered more by Donald Trump, they would have killed that woman. That is an example of what happens in a ‘Dark Age’.
Other examples are the many secular atrocities of the twentieth century. Those atrocities evidence the general lack of global conscientiousness within people everywhere and especially among scientists and the oligarchs or ruling elites in all nations. For example, over 250,000,000 (million) people died in secular wars waged during the 20th century.
Even now, in the twenty-first century, the United Nations stand by passively in the face of Zionist crimes against humanity ranging from the forced sterilization of Black Falasha Jews which has resulted in a 40% decrease in the Falasha fertility rate within the last 10 years. They stand by passively as African immigrants are forcibly put into concentration camps and they stand by while the military killing of thousands of civilians with reckless disregard in Palestine over the last 5 to 8 years continues.
The United Nations’ inactive enforcement of human rights furthers this dark age we live in. It either cannot act or refuses to act in Iraq, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, and Israel against the execution of thousands of civilian Sunni and Shi’a Muslims by Isis and governmental gangsters who are funded by Saudi Arabia, Israel, and the United States.
The United Nations stands by impotent in the face of global arms sells by western nations to reckless gangster governments; and it lacks a definitive policy for global environmental protection in the face of extreme climate change and increasing climate catastrophes.
In all cases cited above, large populations and their governments are complicit and are glaring examples of individuals and governments that lack conscientiousness. These examples, therefore, support my claim that the Dark Age never stopped. The dark age continues to exist and paradoxically the dark age we live in runs parallel to our highest human conscious aspirations.
Despite our highest human conscious aspirations, superstition has been dressed up and given the form of pseudo-science and modern political gibberish. But be not fooled because they are the same old superstitions of centuries past. And with those superstitions and stereotypes, the masses of people have adapted modern technology and science to their barbarism and atheism. These new modes of doing evil acts have been put to the service of a new generation of psychopaths and have made both religious and secular warfare more deadly and exploitative of human beings than ever before.
A pall hangs over the entire world. We are thus living in a dark age. A dark age as frightening as any other dark age that has existed in the past. Humanity is in tow by the presence of death.
 Nature ( Journal), by Larson and Witham, 1998