A lubricant is a substance introduced between two moving surfaces to reduce friction and wear between them. A lubricant provides a protective film that allows for two touching surfaces to be separated, thus lessening the friction between them. It also protects against corrosion and carries contaminants away. Lubrication is required for correct operation of engines and many other mechanical systems where parts must slide over each other without seizing. Lubricants are also available for various other purposes, including for personal use and biomedical applications, such as for artificial joints.
From a Unification perspective, several points can be made:
- In the design and manufacture of lubricants, humans have been expressing their internal nature (such as intelligence and creativity) through the external form of the lubricants produced. These internal attributes of intelligence and creativity are linked to our spiritual dimension and reflect the intelligence and creativity of our Creator.
- Lubricants play major roles in reducing friction between moving parts. They are examples of the human ability to use the principles of nature to produce innovative and useful products. This ability correlates with what Unification Thought calls God's Third Great Blessing to humanity—which is to understand nature and use its principles to exert stewardship (or dominion) of love over it.
- When we use lubricants for the sake of the greater good, it exemplifies the higher nature that God has instilled within each person. It reflects God's own nature, for the Creator continually invests His own energies for the benefit of humanity and the rest of creation. When we practice this principle of living for the benefit of others, we can establish a world of peace and happiness for all.