April 23, 2017

Such As The Use Is, Such Is The Good

From Arcana Coelestia ~ Emanuel Swedenborg
In itself truth is good, because from good; and truth is the form of good, that is to say, when good is formed so as to be perceived intellectually, it is then called truth....

In themselves general memory-knowledges are not goods, nor are they alive; it is the affection of them that causes them to be goods, and to be alive; for when there is this affection they are for the sake of use; since no one is affected by any memory-knowledge or truth except for some use; use makes it a good; and such as the use is, such is the good.

(Arcana Coelestia 3049)