Arcana Coelestia (Elliott) n. 10791

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10791. If this did not happen the human race would be destroyed; for owing to heredity all people have an innate desire to rule others and to possess other people's goods, and this gives rise to enmity, envy, hatred, vengeance, deceit, brutality, and very many other vices. Therefore unless they were held in check by means of laws and by means of rewards that support their loves (important positions and monetary gain for those whose deeds are good) and punishments that go against those loves (loss of important positions, possessions, and life for those whose deeds are bad), the human race would be destroyed.

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