Olivines are silicate minerals that are widely distributed in the Earth's crust and even in various other bodies in the Solar System. They occur in various colors. Gem-quality olivine is known as peridot, and other varieties are used for such purposes as foundry sand, abrasives, refractories, heat storage, soil conditioning, and slag conditioning.
From a Unification perspective, several points can be made:
- Olivines serve our internal drive that seeks beauty as well our external, practical needs. The Unification principle points out that we need both aspects—-the internal and the external—for our lives to be happy.
- The scientific study of olivines and the development of various applications are manifestations of our intelligence and creativity—attributes that are linked to our spiritual dimension. These attributes are also reflective of God's intelligence and creativity.
- The involvement of olivines in our scientific and technological development is indicative of our desire to harmonize with God's creation and relate to it with a stewardship of love. The Unification principle refers to these types of efforts as contributing toward the fulfillment of God's "Third Great Blessing" to humanity.
- Even as olivines serve humanity, they provide us with an internal guiding principle: To live for the sake of others. By so doing, we demonstrate God's nature in action, and we can create a world of harmony and peace, which is the desire of all people.