America: Literally the only country in the world that will let a proven inept, unqualified, idiot cop shoot a little boy with a toy gun in less than 2 seconds, let the incompetent cop off scot fucking free, then sue you, the horrified, grief-stricken parents of this dead child, for the ambulance gas money.
No, I’m not being sarcastic. No, this is not The Onion.
My point is that the Dark Ages didn’t suffer from a complete and total lack of enlightenment among the masses, not even in the area of Europe that the term applies to. Definitely not in places like Asia or the Middle East, which were doing just fine culturally at the time. However, there were some characteristics of the Dark Ages that fit with the backwards thinking the name implies. A few key traits of the period (at least as they’re mostly misunderstood by history):
- A lack of historical documents or records
- Feudalism was the class system of the day
- Violent conflicts were a constant occurrence
- Religious superstition was rampant
When you think of the Dark Ages strictly in terms of the handful of conditions that defined the time, comparisons to the state of American society today get a lot easier to make.