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Use, or goal, end, purpose

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[1 of 3] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Use, or goal, end, purpose" (search under Inner Life/Teachings)": source "Arcana Coelestia, vol.9": detail "Section 7038"
The real worship of the Lord consists in performing uses; and uses, during man's life in the world, consist in every one discharging aright his function in his own station, thus in serving his country, societies, and the neighbour from the heart and in acting with sincerity with his associates, and in performing duties wisely according to the character of each. These uses are chiefly exercises of charity, and are those by means of which principally the Lord is worshipped. The frequenting of the temple, the hearing of sermons, and praying, are also necessary; but without these uses they avail nothing, for they are not of the life, but teach of what quality the life should be.
 The angels in heaven have all happiness from uses and according to uses, insomuch that to them uses are heaven. That from Divine order happiness is according to uses, may be manifest from the things which in man correspond to those which are in the Grand Man; as, for instance, from the external senses namely, from the sight, the hearing, the taste, the smell, the touch, which are correspondences. These senses, therefore, have delights altogether according to the uses they perform. The most delightful is the sense of conjugial love, on account of its use being the greatest, for from it is the propagation of the human race, and from the human race is heaven. The delight of taste follows next, which has such delight, because it serves for the nourishment and thus for the health of the body, according to which the mind acts soundly. The delight of the smell is a lesser delight, because it only serves for recreation, and thus also for health. The delight of the hearing and the delight of the sight are in the last place, because they only receive those things which are to serve in future for uses, and minister to the intellectual part, not so much to the voluntary part. From these and other similar considerations it becomes evident, that happiness in heaven is given by the Lord according to uses; and that it is principally through uses that the Lord is worshipped.


[2 of 3] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Use, or goal, end, purpose" (search under Inner Life/Teachings)": source "Conjugial Love": detail "Section 183"
Love and wisdom, without use, are only abstract ideas of thought; which also after some continuance in the mind pass away like the winds; but in use they are collected together, and therein become one principle, which is called real. Love cannot rest unless it is as work; for love is the essential active principle of life; neither can wisdom exist and subsist unless when it is at work from and with love; and to work is use; therefore we define use to be the doing good from love by wisdom; use being essential good. As these three essentials, love, wisdom, and use, flow into the souls of men, it may appear from what ground it is said, that all good is from God; for everything done from love by wisdom, is called good; and use also is something done. What is love without wisdom but a mere infatuation? and what is love with wisdom without use, but a puff of the mind? Whereas love and wisdom with use not only constitute man, but also are man; yea, what possibly you will be surprised at, they propagate man; for in the seed of a man is his soul in a perfect human form, covered with substances from the purest principles of nature; whereof a body is formed in the womb of the mother. This is the supreme and ultimate use of the divine love by the divine wisdom.

[3 of 3] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Use, or goal, end, purpose" (search under Inner Life/Teachings)": source "Apocalypse Explained, vol.6": detail "Section 1226"
The essence of uses is the public good, by which, with the angels, is meant in the most general sense, the good of the whole heaven, in a less general sense the good of society, and in a particular sense the good of a fellow-citizen. With men again the essence of uses is, in the most general sense, the good both spiritual and civil of the whole human race; in a less general sense, the good of their country; in a particular sense, the good of society; and in an individual sense, the good of a fellow-citizen; and because these goods form their essence, love is their life, since all good originates in love, and in love there is life. Every one is in this love who is delighted with the use in which he is for the sake of such use, whether he is a king, a magistrate, a priest, a minister, a general, a merchant, or a laborer. Every one who is delighted with the use of his calling for the sake of such use, loves his country and his fellow-citizens; but he who is not delighted with uses for the sake of uses, but performs them only for the sake of self, or of honor and wealth alone, does not at heart love his country or his fellow-citizens, but merely himself and the world. The reason of that is, that no one can be kept by the Lord in the love of his neighbor, unless he is in some degree of love for the public good; and no one is in such love unless he is in the love of use for the sake of use, or in the love of use from use, thus from the Lord.