The title for this post represents one of my favorite quotes from Emanuel Swedenborg. It comes from his scientific writings, rather than from his theological works, yet it is full of spiritual significance.
In fact, Swedenborg based his science on the existence of God (theistic science). Since God is Infinite, reality starts with unimaginable complexity. The process of creation and evolution (through divine influx into increasingly receptive forms) is simply the trajectory of the created universe to more closely mirror and correspond to this divine complexity.
Creation is a downward movement away from first principles. Evolution is the movement of this same creative process to return to first principles and God (otherwise the universe and its laws could not be inwardly consistent—which today’s scientists believe is the case). The human brain (and its conscious mind) is spearheading this cosmic and transcendental circular process, not only because it is the most complex structure in the universe; the human brain also has the greatest capacity to elevate utility and usefulness beyond (and above) anything else seen in the universe.
This elevated utility is spiritual love (which everyone recognizes as humanity living and acting at its very best). Such a love would produce a civilization and commerce consisting of the noblest and highest expressions of utility and helpfulness.
How does empathy and love to the neighbor represent a return to first principles? Well, God is Love. Anything promoting such love moves closer to God’s intentions and the nature of a truly heavenly kingdom. The human heart (will) and mind (intellect) was designed for such exalted utility.
As Swedenborg moved from a scientist to a theologian he put forth a worldview in which love is actually the primal substance and first creative cause of the universe. Evidence for this is the fact that nothing comes into existence except through co-existence. All organized and coherent systems are based on successive and simultaneous cooperation. (He viewed angels as the highest and noblest expression of the process of evolution to exalt this endeavor towards increased cooperativeness.)
Science will fail to advance unless it comes to understand love as the essence of reality and the fundamental force ruling the physics and laws of the universe.
My award winning book Proving God offers insights as to how scientists can rationally apply Love into their models of reality.