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Born into ignorance

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[1 of 2] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Humans, born into ignorance" (search under Inner Life/Mind, Psyche, Soul, Spirit)": source "Conjugial Love": detail "Section 350"
It is well known, that a man by birth is viler than the beasts. All the beasts are born into the knowledges corresponding to the love of their life; for as soon as they are born, or are hatched from the egg, they see, hear, walk, know their food, their dam, their friends and foes; and soon after this they show attention to sex, and to the affairs of love, and also to the rearing of their offspring. Man alone, at his birth, knows nothing of this sort; for no knowledge is connate to him; he has only the faculty and inclination of receiving those things which relate to knowledge and love; and if he does not receive these from others, he remains viler than a beast. Man is born in this condition to the end that he may attribute nothing to himself, but to others, and at length everything of wisdom and of the love thereof to God alone, and may hence become an image of God.

[2 of 2] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Humans, born into ignorance" (search under Inner Life/Mind, Psyche, Soul, Spirit)": source "True Christian Religion": detail "Section 48"
A man is born into no science, to the intent that he may arrive at all science, and advance to understanding, and thereby to wisdom; and he is born into no love, to the intent that be may arrive at all love, by a prudent and intelligent application of the sciences; and by love towards his neighbor, unto love to God, and thus be conjoined with God, and by that means become truly a man, and live eternally.