Herbert Henry Dow (February 26, 1866 – October 1930) was a U.S. (Canadian-born) chemical industrialist. He founded Dow Chemical Company in 1897, with the assistance of Charles Nold, and two years later, he started Dow Gardens in Midland, Michigan, as a personal hobby. He and his wife, Grace, not only raised seven children but also were philanthropists who helped many organizations and causes.
From a Unification perspective, several points can be made:
- Dow's creative and business pursuits were linked to his God-given spiritual dimension, and also reflected the Creator's intelligence and capabilities. Such capabilities set the human species apart from all other species on Earth. The human desire to engage in creativity and innovation demonstrates that our lives can transcend the day-to-day, survival mode. Moreover, our long-term happiness is linked to going beyond that survival mode.
- God's desire is that all people express brilliance of mind far beyond what we think is normally possible. Our deliberate separation from God has dulled our spirits and minds, and we have been trapped into lowering our expectations, in the belief that where we are at (internally) is where we are supposed to be and will always be.
- Dow and researchers in his company explored and applied the principles of nature to find new chemical processes and products. In this manner, they contributed to our overall efforts to understand nature, live in harmony with it, and establish a dominion of true love (or stewardship) over it. In Unification terminology, these efforts contribute toward the fulfillment of God's Third Great Blessing to humanity.
- Through his business and philanthropy, Dow served others. As the Unification principle points out, we need to use our talents, wealth, and accomplishments for the benefit of humanity. When we do so, we substantiate the divine nature God has given us. Based on that, we can establish a world of peace.