The teaching of the Writings is that the heavens, as a kingdom of uses regarded, constitute a human form or a grand man (maximus homo). This is true of the angelic heavens from the entire universe—from all inhabited earths and satellites—taken together. For these are all needed to compose a perfect functional whole. But it may also be said that every complete society is, as to its uses, a human form; and a country, or a church, is thus a “man” in this wide sense of the word. Sometimes, also, the Writings indicate that the human race on our own earth, or all the spirits who now survive in the heavens from this particular planet, must be regarded as a Maximus Homo, with a history (or biography) of its own; a collective man which was born and passed through stages corresponding to infancy, childhood, youth, and manhood.