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Diversity in Nature as Seen in Colours of Light

Children of different nationalities

God created an amazing diversity in nature, and loves every single part of it

Andrew Wilson on diversity in nature
Dr. Andrew Wilson. Photo: HJI

Part 4 of “Rev. Moon’s Early Writings on Science”, a presentation by Dr. Andrew Wilson, Professor of Scriptural Studies at HJ International Graduate School for Peace and Public Leadership (HJI), New York, USA, given on a special online program 7th May 2024 hosted by HJI and the Higher Purpose Forum (HPF).

See part 1part 2, part 3, part 5, part 6

This section of my lecture is short. It is titled, “Diversity in nature as seen in the colours of light.”

Light dispersion
A beam of light being dispersed by a prism. Illustration: LucasVB / Wikimedia Commons. License: CC ASA 3.0 Unp
Light bulb
Electric bulb from Neolux. Photo: KMJ / Wikimedia Commons. License: CC ASA 3.0 Unp

The give-and-take action of electricity in an incandescent light bulb produces light. Reverend Moon noticed that these rays of light are not all the same colour.

If you look at a clear glass bulb – and it works even better if you put light through a prism – you get refraction, and you can see the different colours within that white light of the light bulb. Each ray of light – whether it’s red, blue, yellow or green – has its own unique beauty. Yet the bulb’s light in aggregate is one colour, because the light rays are all combined.

This, we can understand, is the scientific understanding of diversity in nature. Even though it’s the same electricity that engages in give-and-take action as plus and minus, the light produced in the light bulb consists of diverse rays of light in a spectrum of different colours.

By the same principle, offspring of the same parents can be very different from one another. And all this diversity adds to the beauty of the family – Heavenly Parent’s family.

Children holding hands
Children holding hands in the park. Illustration: Children Vectors by Vecteezy

It’s important to understand that Heavenly Parent loves every single person in His-Her family, even those on the edge of the spectrum – children with disabilities, people with rare genetic conditions, or people who find themselves experiencing same-sex attraction, whatever. Wherever they are on the spectrum, they are still part of the diversity of nature that God created. And as a Parent, God loves all God’s creations.

Also, the fact that the combined light of all the rays of the light bulb is of one colour illustrates the principle of individual purpose and whole purpose.

It is by this principle that in the human body, there are diverse cells and organs, but they unite for the health of the whole body. And likewise, the five senses – sight, hearing, smell, touch, taste – are different, but they unite so that a human being can fully experience the world.

Accordingly, the diverse children of God‘s family exist not only to achieve their individual purpose, but also to unite for the whole purpose. In a good society, there should be respect for people in all of their diversity. At the same time, people in all their diversity should cooperate to fulfill public goals.

In short, the diversity that we see in nature and in human society is based on the Principle. We are not created to all be the same, but we’re created with the purpose to cooperate together.

Continued in part 5 and part 6.

See part 1part 2, part 3, part 5, part 6

Featured image above: Children of different nationalities. Illustration: Child Vectors by Vecteezy

World Scripture
World Scripture: A Comparative Anthology of Sacred Texts (published 1991)

Dr. Andrew Wilson‘s scholarly books and papers cover diverse topics ranging from religion and peace to character education to a theory of the spirit world. His efforts on behalf of inter-religious harmony led Father Moon to commission him to write World Scripture: A Comparative Anthology of Sacred Texts (published 1991), which has become a standard work of interfaith scholarship and a resource for interfaith worship. He also wrote a second volume of World Scripture (World Scripture and the Teachings of Sun Myung Moon, published 2007) that includes a broad selection of Rev. Sun Myung Moon‘s words, adopted as one of the eight official textbooks of Unificationism.

Dr. Wilson joined the faculty of HJI in 1985. He is professor of Scriptural Studies and Director of Scriptural Research. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Harvard University (majoring in biochemistry), a master’s in theology from Harvard Divinity School, and a PhD from Harvard University.

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