Conjunction of good and truth


[1 of 4] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Will, relation to understanding" (search under Inner Life/Love, Positive Emotion, Virtue, Will)": source "Heaven and Hell": detail "Section 423"
Let something first be said about the conjunction of the understanding and the will, and its being the same thing as the conjunction of good and truth, that being the conjunction that is effected in the world of spirits. Man has an understanding and a will. The understanding receives truths and is formed out of them, and the will receives goods and is formed out of them; therefore whatever a man understands and thinks from his understanding he calls true, and whatever a man wills and thinks from his will he calls good. From his understanding man can think and thus perceive both what is true and what is good; and yet he thinks what is true and good from the will only when he wills it and does it. When he wills it and from willing does it, it is both in his understanding and in his will, consequently in the man. For neither the understanding alone nor the will alone makes the man, but the understanding and will together; therefore whatever is in both is in the man, and is appropriated to him. That which is in the understanding alone is in man, and yet not really in him; it is only a thing of his memory, or matter of knowledge in his memory about which he can think when in company with others and outside of himself, but not in himself; that is, about which he can speak and reason, and can simulate affections and gestures that are in accord with it.

[2 of 4] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Marriage, spiritual" (search under Inner Life/Teachings)": source "Conjugial Love": detail "Section 83"
There are both internal and external origins of conjugial love, and several of each; nevertheless there is but one inmost or universal origin of all. That this origin is the marriage of good and truth, shall he demonstrated in what now follows. The reason why no one heretofore has deduced the origin of that love from this ground, is because it has never yet been discovered that there is any union between good and truth; and the reason why this discovery has not been made, is because good does not appear in the light of the understanding, as truth does, and hence the knowledge of it conceals itself and evades every inquiry: and as from this circumstance good is as it were unknown, it was impossible for anyone to conjecture that any marriage subsisted between it and truth: yea, before the rational natural sight, good appears so different from truth, that no conjunction between them can be supposed. That this is the case, may be seen from common discourse whenever they are mentioned; as when it is said, "This is good," truth is not at all thought of; and when it is said, "This is true," neither is good at all thought of; therefore at this day it is believed by many, that truth is one thing and good another; and by many also, that a man is intelligent and wise, and thereby a man, according to the truths which he thinks, speaks, writes, and believes, and not at the same time according to goods. But nevertheless there is no good without truth, nor any truth without good, consequently that there is an eternal marriage between them; also that this marriage is the origin of conjugial love.

[3 of 4] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Creation, is good conjoined with truth" (search under Cosmology/Cosmology, Laws)": source "True Christian Religion": detail "Section 624"
All things that exist in the universal heaven and in the universal world are by creation nothing but the marriage of good and truth; for all and everything, whether living or not living, whether animate or inanimate, were created from the marriage of good and truth, and to be the subjects of that marriage. There is not a single thing that was created to be a subject of truth alone, or of good alone; for neither without the other can be anything, but by that marriage they exist and become something, the quality of which is determined by the quality of that marriage. In the Lord God the Creator divine good and divine truth are in their very substance itself; the esse (being) of his substance is divine good, and the existere (manifestation) of his substance is divine truth: in him too they are in their very union itself, for in him they are infinitely one; and as these two principles are in God the Creator a one, they are a one also in all and everything created by him. By this too the Creator is joined in an eternal covenant, like that of marriage, with all things of his creation.

[4 of 4] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "God, as love and wisdom" (search under Beings/God)": source "Apocalypse Explained, vol.1": detail "Section 286"
There are two things which can be predicated of Jehovah alone, that is, of the Lord — infinite and eternal; infinite, of His Being (esse), which is the Divine good of His Divine love; eternal, of His manifestation (existere) from that Being (esse), which is the Divine truth of His Divine wisdom. These two are Divine in themselves. From these the universe was created; therefore also all things in the universe have reference to good and truth, and good is everywhere the being (esse) of a thing, and truth is the manifestation (existere) therefrom; but these two in all things of the universe are finite.