The chemical element lanthanum is considered a transition metal. Through diligent scientific investigation, many of the properties of and uses for this metal, its alloys, and its compounds have been discovered.
From a Unification perspective, several points can be made:
- Human efforts to investigate an element, its alloys, 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 lanthanum 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.
- Lanthanum and its compounds serve humanity in various ways and fulfill a purpose that is higher than existing for their 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 lanthanum. Thus we need to value other people more than we value lanthanum 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.