(HH) - Heaven and Its Wonders and Hell - From Things Heard and Seen

HH 220

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220. Also in the hells there are governments, for without governments they could not be kept in restraint; but the governments there are opposite to the governments in the heavens; they are governments of the love of self. Everyone there wishes to dictate to others and to be over others. They hate those that do not favor them, and make them objects of their vengeance and fury, for such is the nature of the love of self. Therefore the more malignant are set over them as governors, and these they obey from fear.# But of this below, where the hells are treated of.
# There are two kinds of rule, one from love towards the neighbor the other from love of self (n. 10814).
From the rule that is from love towards the neighbor flow all goods and all happinesses (n. 10160, 10814).
In heaven no one desires to rule from the love of self, but all desire to minister, which means to rule from love to the neighbor; this is the source of their great power (n. 5732).
From rule from the love of self all evils flow in (n. 10038).
When the loves of self and the world had begun to prevail men were compelled to subject themselves to governments as a means of security (n. 7364, 10160, 10814).


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