This delusional mindset comes from ever-new scientific discoveries and new technologies, which add knowledge and convenience to our lives but not a smidgeon more wisdom.
So the world remains a dangerous place.
Having studied the scientific and theological ideas of Emanuel Swedenborg for forty years, I am further saddened that other followers of Swedenborg feel that they and others have evolved spiritually beyond the attainments of their ancestors.
Yet, Swedenborg himself states that hereditary evils are not only passed along to the progeny, but more evils can be added on during the misguided life-choices and egoistic intentions of each new generation.
Rather than participating in forms of worship that offer affirmation of one’s self-worth (which is actually “titillation”) a true follower of Swedenborg’s unique spiritual doctrines will embrace the need for finding true humility in the form of making unflattering self-discoveries (through self-examination) about one’s own character flaws which often fly just below the radar.
Getting constant hugs, friendship and support from others effectively masks the need for an individual to look deeper inside to see what possible dirt lies within. Love and personal attention feels so good! But because of this dynamic, if I were the Devil Himself, I would promote this kind of “back-slapping” and confidence building so that reality continually eludes everybody.
So what goes here for leading a loving and spiritually useful life?
We cannot simply judge the quality of an outer act of kindness based on the act itself, but on the innocence within that act. Angelic beings produce useful actions through their innocence, while these same exact actions can be feigned by those who have self-centered, hidden agendas and want to get noticed. This latter hypocrisy can only be observed in oneself if you grasp the notion of having a dual or split psyche—outer and inner. This split allows a person’s to act outwardly in an acceptable manner while inwardly scheming. Acknowledging and reconciling these opposing impulses in our makeup creates the contact, friction and psycho-spiritual heat needed to fuse these two traits together and form greater personal innocence.
But most of us will deny having this split consciousness. Yet, constancy of personality is a pipedream (even though you are always called by the same name). And Swedenborg tried to drive this concept home!