Holmium is an inner transition metal and is particularly useful because of its unique magnetic properties and ability to absorb neutrons from nuclear reactions. Through diligent scientific investigation, more of its properties will be discovered, and it will probably be used in additional applications.
From a Unification perspective, we can make several points:
- Human efforts to investigate an element and its compounds are manifestations of our higher intelligence, ingenuity, and creativity—attributes that are linked to our invisible, spiritual dimension.
- Our internal drive to learn about holmium and its potential applications is a natural, God-given drive that contributes toward our ability to fulfill God's "Third Great Blessing" to humanity—that of harmonizing with the creation and establishing a dominion (stewardship) of true love over it.
- Holmium serves humanity in several ways and fulfills a purpose that is greater than existing for its own sake. This reflects the nature of the Creator, who is committed to living for the benefit of the creation, whether or not we realize that or are grateful for that. We, in turn, need to develop a generosity of spirit and live for the sake of others.
- Our value is much greater than that of holmium or any other element. Thus we need to value other people more than we value holmium or other material things. By fulfilling our potential to express God's love and way of life, we can be greater treasures than any material thing.
As we grow in our ability to bring God's love to others, we can create the climate in which others can experience and express God's love as well. In this manner, we can create an environment of peace and happiness in our world.