Joseph von Fraunhofer (March 6, 1787 – June 7, 1826) was a German optician who was the first to study and classify the dark lines that appear in the spectra of the Sun. During his lifetime, he was known as the maker of the finest refractor telescopes in Europe. He also perfected the use of fine gratings, known as diffraction gratings, for producing and analyzing light spectra.
From a Unification perspective, several points can be made:
- Fraunhofer's brilliant mental capabilities 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 scientific and other intellectual pursuits, regardless of their practical benefits, 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 cultivate and 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.
- God works through prepared human beings to raise our thoughts and our standards of life. Thus, leading scientists (such as Fraunhofer), as well as major religious leaders, have received inspirations that elevated our understanding of the world around us and advanced human civilization.
- Ultimately, Fraunhofer's contributions benefited humanity. As the Unification principle points out, when we live for the sake of others, we substantiate the divine nature God has instilled in us. Based on that, we can establish a world of peace that all humanity can benefit from.