Diatomaceous earth (also known as DE, diatomite, diahydro, kieselguhr, and celite) is a soft, chalk-like sedimentary rock. It consists of the fossilized remains of diatoms, a type of hard-shelled algae. White to off-white in color, it is easily crumbled into a fine powder that is highly porous and very light.
Diatomaceous earth is useful for a variety of applications. It is used as a filtration aid, mild abrasive, absorbent for liquids, and insecticide. It is a component of cat litter and dynamite. Given its resistance to heat, it can be used as a thermal insulator.
From a Unification perspective, several points can be made:
- The scientific study of diatomite provides us with a means of understanding how this sedimentary rock is formed and its role in the geological environment. This type of work requires superior mental faculties, which are connected to our spiritual dimension and reflect the higher intelligence of our Creator. In addition, the results of these studies provide glimpses of some of the processes by which God invested His heart, intelligence, and energies in creating this world.
- Our efforts to study diatomite spring from our inner desire to understand the natural world, regardless of whether the knowledge gained helps us for our practical, survival needs. These efforts distinguish the human species from all others on our planet.
- By investigating this and other types of rocks, we work toward establishing harmony with the rest of the created world and stewardship (dominion) of true love over it. In Unification terminology, we work toward fulfilling God's "Third Great Blessing" to humanity.
- Diatomite also contributes to our practical needs, through its various applications. By serving humans and other creatures, it provides us with an internal guiding principle: to live for the sake of others. By so doing, we demonstrate God's nature in action, and we can create a world of harmony and peace, which is the desire of all people.