Absolutely everything in the universe goes back to either goodness and truth or evil and falsity. If it is in keeping with the divine design, or is becoming so, it goes back to what is good and true, while if it is in violation of the divine design it goes back to what is evil and false.
This holds true for our understanding and our will, since our understanding is the part of us that is receptive either to what is true or to what is false and our will is the part of us that is receptive either to what is good or to what is evil.
Nowadays, not many people know what “truth” really is in essence because so little is known about what is good. Yet everything true comes from what is good and everything good happens by means of what is true.
There are four kinds of people:
1. There are people who live lives based on falsity; some of them do so with evil intent, and some of them do so without evil intent.
2. There are people who live lives based on truth but lack good intent.
3. There are people who live lives based on truth who use that truth to focus on and move toward what is good.
4. And there are people who live lives based on truth who have good intent.
Let us take these one at a time.
from New Jerusalem, Section 20