The chemical industry consists of the companies that produce industrial chemicals. This industry utilizes chemical processes such as chemical reactions and refining methods to convert raw materials—such as oil, natural gas, air, water, metals, and minerals—into more than 70,000 different products. These products include petrochemicals, agrochemicals, ceramics, polymers and rubber (elastomers), oleochemicals (oils, fats, and waxes), explosives, fragrances, and flavors. The chemical industry is thus central to the modern world economy.
From a Unification perspective, several points can be made:
- From a Unification perspective, it has been God's ideal from the very beginning of creation to see human beings, as His sons and daughters, take responsibility for their lives, inherit His creativity, and build a pleasant environment, both internally (spiritually) and externally (in the physical world). Thus, the human ability to produce a huge variety of useful chemicals is a manifestation of an inner drive to fulfill God's ideal of creation and to lead lives of happiness.
- Many projects involving the production and use of chemicals combine the talents, skills, and efforts of many people. From the Unification perspective, this is a good example of the need for people to pool their skills and talents, and to work in harmony with one another and with proper equipment to accomplish a greater whole. In addition, a project is an example of the ingenuity and creativity of people—attributes that have allowed people to (a) conceive of and plan the project, (b) create the tools and equipment needed, and (c) execute the project. These attributes are connected to our God-given spiritual dimension. Other living organisms on Earth are unable to perform such tasks.
- For any creative project to succeed, design and planning must come first, followed by the investment of a great deal of effort. From a Unification perspective, this process resembles the manner in which God has created the world—first formulating a design and a plan, then executing the plan by investing all His efforts and energies according to certain laws and principles, over a long period of time. The highly sophisticated world of nature and the intelligence and capabilities of human beings could not have arisen by thoughtless occurrences cobbled together by blind chance, but they required the thoughtful planning and wholehearted efforts of the Higher Being we call God. When we understand this point, humanity can be grateful to its Creator and realize that its creative attributes and efforts actually resemble His, even in the tasks people undertake for their physical lives.