Love of the world


[1 of 1] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Love, of the world (money, power etc.)" (search under Inner Life/Evil, Negative Emotion, Vice)": source "True Christian Religion": detail "Section 400"
The love of the world consists in the desire of appropriating to ourselves, by any arts whatever, the wealth of others, also in setting the heart on riches, and suffering the world to seduce our minds from spiritual love, which is love towards our neighbor, and thus from heaven. Those are in the love of the world who are desirous of appropriating to themselves the property of others by various arts, especially if they use cunning and deceit, esteeming their neighbors good as of no account whatever. Those who are in this love lust after the property of others, and where the fear of the law or the loss of some advantage resulting from a fair reputation does not restrain them, they deprive others of their possessions: yea, they rob and plunder them.
 The love of the world, however, is not opposed to heavenly love in the same degree as the love of self; for the evils concealed in it are not so great.
 The love of the world is manifold: there are the love of wealth for the sake of exaltation to honors, the love of honors and dignities with a view to the amassing of wealth, the love of wealth for various purposes of worldly pleasure and satisfaction, the love of wealth for the mere sake of wealth, which is the love of misers; and so in other instances. The end for which wealth is desired is called its use; and it is the end or use from which the love derives its quality; for the good or evil nature of the love is determined by the end to which it is directed. Other things serve but as means to promote the end.