Unification Thought recognizes that living organisms serve both a purpose for the individual and a purpose for the whole. The individual purpose involves the maintenance, growth, and multiplication of the species. The whole purpose can include a "Hyung Sang" purpose, whereby other species and the environment are benefited, and a "Sung Sang" purpose whereby humans are benefited. The individual purpose works in harmony with the whole purpose, and underlies the unity seen in the world. In the case of cows, the Hyung Sang purpose for the whole can be seen in the relationship cows have with the symbiotic bacteria and protozoa in their gut. They provide shelter and food for the bacteria and protozoa, and in turn receive the ability to digest and get the energy and nutrition (glucose) from the cellulose that makes up most plant matter. The Sung Sang purpose for the whole includes the vast number of things that cows provide for humans, including milk, cheese, yogurt, beef, and so forth. Gandhi recognized the value in stating that cows were "the second mother to millions of mankind."
The presence of many breeds of cattle show the creativity of humans, reflecting the creativity of God. Cattle, like horses, develop an order to their social structure, from a top individual to the lowest. This vertical relationship provides a sense of order, and reflects relationships seen in human societies and between God and humans.