According to Emanuel Swedenborg, author of True Christianity, published in the 18th century, it goes beyond the common definition of one human helping another. He writes;
“Surely everyone understands that loving many people in a group involves more love for our neighbor than loving an individual member of the group. Therefore smaller and larger communities are also our neighbor, because they are a plurality of people. It follows that someone who loves a community loves the individuals who are part of that community; someone who wishes a community well and gives benefit to it cares for its individuals.” [Emanuel Swedenborg, A Swedenborg Sampler, 2011, p. 201]
Emanuel was allowed to visit the spirit world as a medium and write about his experiences, one hundred years before Allan Kardec codified the Spiritist doctrine. He wished to juxtaposed the love of earthly leaders for their communities to the spirits in position of power in the spirit world. He contrasts the true love of a community versus the love of form and power.
“But in this day and age, leaders may be useful and care for a community and still not love their neighbor. They perform functions and show concern for the sake of the world or themselves in order to deserve, or look as if they deserve, promotion to higher positions. Although these people may not be identified as such in the world, they are identified as such in heaven.” [p. 202]
Swedenborg is saying that politicians may fool us, but they don’t fool God. As one can see, the falsity of politicians hasn’t changed in hundred of years. We still get the same facade of caring, while pockets are being conveniently lined with our hard-earned money.
Whereas, in heaven, the story is altogether different;
“People who have performed useful services out of love for their neighbor are put in leadership positions over a heavenly community as well; there they have splendor and honor. Yet still they do not take that splendor or honor to heart, just the usefulness. The rest, however, who were useful because they loved the world or themselves, are rejected.” [p. 202]
Here on earth, our leaders are still flawed humans, who have not yet learned the road to happiness is to serve. While we, must do what we can for our communities and country, to keep us on a path to assist the truly needy, give guidance to the lost, and continue to encourage honest government, which allows its citizens the freedoms we need to give and assist those more unfortunate than us without coercion.
To learn what the spirit world has in store for us and to understand the spirit world itself, you should read, Explore Your Destiny – Your Path to Perfection.