Ten reasons why the atom is not a good role model for human couples
Divine Principle claims that the relationships within the atom are an example of the harmonious interaction of male and female or positive and negative found throughout creation, but Moon based this assertion on 19th Century physics. Here are ten reasons why such a view no longer makes sense:
1) The nucleus of the atom is not a single thing but is made up of protons and neutrons. This is like a wife having a masculine husband and a second, asexual spouse. Hydrogen (in its most common form, protium) is the only atomic element without a neutron.
2) The proton and the neutron are themselves composites, but the electron is not. The proton is essentially comprised of three quarks. This would be like every woman having three husbands (or perhaps, to be generous, marrying an insect with a three-part body).
3) The electron is about 1800 times smaller than the proton. This is like a one hundred eighty pound man having a wife who weighs only 1.6 ounces.
4) The electron “orbits” the proton at millions of miles per hour. This would be like a human society where the husband stays home while the wife goes out to a job that requires her to travel at astronomical speed to get to the workplace.
5) The Divine Principle models everything on the hydrogen atom, but there are another 91 naturally occurring elements. A more representative element would be palladium, with 46 protons hooking up with as many electrons. This would be like 46 wives sharing 46 husbands, plus a motley crew of about 60 asexual co-spouses.
6) If the positive charge escapes from the proton, the proton becomes a neutron. If the positron (the actual positive charge of the atom) ever meets with an electron, they do not form a harmonious relationship at all; in fact, they annihilate each other. This is like a married couple having a duel in which each shoots the other dead. Nice model you got there, Rev!
7) Electrons and neutrons, electrons and protons, electrons and quarks, electrons and positrons (pick whichever spouse for Ms. Electron you want!) do not produce offspring but are simply components of the atom itself. This is like having every human couple be infertile.
8) Atoms form ions by losing, gaining or sharing electrons. This is like a church community that comes together by swapping spouses (sounds more like the Children of God than the Moonies!).
9) Yang and yin is an ancient labeling fallacy that has some merit as poetry but no merit at all as philosophy. It creates the impression that diverse entities have meaningful commonalities by forcing them into the same categories and then giving them the same label. There is only the most miniscule affiliation between a positive electric charge, a raging bull, the Pope’s elbow, and the sunshine on the bright side of the mountain – being all given the same “yang” label makes it appear that they have a lot more in common than they do. Labeling both man and woman and proton and electron as “yang and yin” tells us nothing whatsoever about either pair. For example, according to Unification Thought, a mother’s breast would be considered yang (masculine) because it is convex …
10) Some of the greatest scientists of the last century were exposed to the Divine Principle through ICUS. Not even one of them accepted it.
“I’m a very principled woman,” said Mrs. Smith, “You must come home for supper after church and meet my 46 giant insect husbands and our 60 asexual co-spouses.”