Afterlife, commanding others in


[1 of 1] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Afterlife, commanding others in" (search under Afterlife/Afterlife, Heaven, Hell)": source "Spiritual Experiences, vol.4": detail "Section 5000 - 5001"
I have spoken with spirits about the love of commanding. They thought that it was not permissible to command, but it was said that it is permissible to command, but that the love of commanding comes from one of two origins: either from love for oneself or from love toward the neighbor. Those who rule from self-love and not from love of the neighbor are all devils because they do everything from themselves and not from the Lord. Individuals like this rush into all manner of atrocious evils, such as hatreds, acts of revenge, cruelties. They don't care for any other use than what serves them, thus what serves for profit. But those who command from a love for the neighbor can be raised to high positions because they have regarded use as the end in view, use to the fellow citizen, use to the city, use to the kingdom of the Lord. Thus they have regard for the neighbor. The good that is use is the neighbor. Through them the Lord exercises command, for they fear the Lord and love truth, good, and use, thus God, that is, the Lord. The commands of such people are good, and their commands are the command of love. For when spiritual and heavenly love command, then the Lord commands.
 In the other life it cannot be other than that certain people command, certain obey. Certain have brought a life of command with them from the world and have this aura, and the aura produces subordination. A way of life accustomed to obeying is brought along by those who have been in subordinate positions in the world. They know no other way of life, nor do they desire one. Consequently it is necessary that there be command, but it must be the command of spiritual and heavenly love. Those who command in this way see others as equal to themselves, love them, and do good to them; it is the reverse with the command of hellish and diabolical love.