This kind of bad behavior results from individuals favoring secular reasoning and natural morality over spiritual conscience. To understand this proclivity toward maids by such individuals, we will have to explore deep psychology.
Growth of the human intellect requires a certain quality of love to enter into our cognitive function at different stages of development. The concept that one’s feelings are what focus attention and drive the ordering of our experiences has only recently received attention in neuroscience.
However, scientist/theologian Emanuel Swedenborg described the importance of love and affection to stages of cognitive development more than 250 years ago. He depicted the growth of the human intellect as a “marriage” between affection and knowledge. These neuro-nuptials between heart and mind take place at each advance of the intellect toward ever-higher levels of cognition during one’s lifetime.
First, at childhood, there is love of knowledge. This is why humans are born into the world with curiosity for everything.
Next, there is a love of understanding what one knows. This allows memory-data to be abstracted through the development of the human imagination.
Above the imagination, there is a love for perceiving and judging truth. We call this human rationality. The atheist stops here and evolves no further.
There are possibilities for further personal evolution but this can only come about through God and acquiring a new quality of love. Beyond natural or human rationality there is spiritual rationality, which arises from the affection for spiritual truth.
The difference between the natural rational mind and the spiritual rational mind is that the latter concedes that all real love and truth comes from God. It is this spiritual affection for God’s truth that represents the true and legitimate rationality for humans.
The quantum language of Scripture actually addresses this deep knowledge of human psychology and its proper development. For instance, the formation and comparison of these two distinct levels of rationality—the natural and the spiritual—is portrayed with Divine Ingenuity by the story of Abraham’s two sons, Ishmael and Isaac.
Abraham’s first son, Ishmael, was born of Hagar, a maidservant, rather than with his actual, legitimate wife, Sarah. A maidservant therefore represents, on a psycho-spiritual level, a less important quality of love in human cognition. Swedenborg tells us that Ishmael represents the birth of the secular human rational.
When Sarah finally bears Abraham a son, Isaac, this symbolizes the birth of a more elevated cognitive function from the marriage between spiritual love and knowledge in the human intellect. Isaac represents the formation and birth of the spiritual rational, which follows after the birth of the natural or secular rational mind.
As unexpected as this may seem to the reader, further evidence that details concerning the human psyche are contained within Scripture is provided when Sarah sees Ishmael mocking this change in the relationship with Abraham. Sarah implores Abraham to cast out both Hagar and Ishmael. Psychologically speaking, to cast something out is the recognition that the spiritual rational (Isaac) is more important and should ultimately replace the first, or secular rational (Ishmael) and its love (Hagar).
Ishmael’s mocking represents how secular reasoning often pooh-poohs God and religion (Gen. 21:9,10). This is the unfortunate outcome of a cognitive function which is incapable of discerning the higher, spiritual meanings contained within the literal words and stories of Scripture. Such natural reasoning sees only absurdities.
Could you handle the idea that on a deeper level, Holy Scripture contains our own personal story? Or do you have a fondness for maids?