There is a long history of human use of naturally occurring fibers. In the past century, scientists have studied these fibers more carefully and have found ways to modify them and to prepare a wide variety of synthetic fibers that can then be used for many applications.
From a Unification perspective, we can make several points:
- Scientific research into fibers satisfies our internal drive to understand more about the natural world. This is a manifestation of our invisible, spiritual self that seeks to know the truth.
- We have been able to apply the knowledge gained from this research (and from our everyday experience) in numerous practical ways. This is a manifestation of our desire to create a comfortable living environment for our physical bodies.
- Both of these aspects—the desire to know the truth and the desire to create a comfortable living environment—are based on desires that God has given us. Our ability to fulfill these desires is based on our internal, spiritual mind and our external, physical body. Thus the use of knowledge in practical ways is a form of uniting our mind and body. It is also a path toward our fulfillment of God's blessing (Third Great Blessing) to establish harmony with and a stewardship of true love over the created world.
- We need to remember that even synthetic fibers are made from God-given raw materials. Thus we can be grateful to God for providing us with both the materials and the ability to restructure them for various purposes.
- When we use this type of knowledge to benefit others, rather than for selfish gain, we express the divinity of God and the love of God within our lives. This then becomes a way to bring happiness to humanity and peace in the world.