Electric power is defined as the rate at which electrical energy is transferred by an electric circuit. When electric current flows through a circuit with resistance, it performs "work." Various devices convert this work into many useful forms, such as heat (electric heaters), light (light bulbs), motion (electric motors), and sound (loudspeaker). Electricity can be produced by generation or from storage such as batteries.
From a Unification perspective, several points can be made:
- The scientific investigation of electric power and development of ways to generate it are outward manifestations of our inner attributes such as intelligence and creative ability—attributes that are connected to our spiritual dimension. These attributes reflect God's intelligence and creative nature. They also set humans apart from all other known species.
- Our studies of electricity, including electric power, and the use of this knowledge have helped us fulfill our inner drive to have dominion over the natural world and to use this ability for the benefit of humanity. Unification Thought describes it as fulfilling God's Third Great Blessing to humanity.
- The generation of electricity power has allowed us to create a comfortable living environment through numerous applications. As the Unification principle points out, the creation of a higher quality of life on Earth is useful not only for its own sake but also because our physical lives give us the valuable opportunity for internal, spiritual growth.
- Even as electricity serves the larger purpose, it provides us with an internal guiding principle: to live for the sake of others. By so doing, we transcend the level of mere survival and travel the path toward inheriting God's nature. Eventually, we can vibrate with God's spirit and become channels for God's love to flow through us to others and to the rest of creation. In this manner, we can fulfill what the Unification principle calls the "Three Great Blessings" and establish a world of peace and harmony.