|WORLD BOOK illustration by Leonard E. Morgan|
The Pauli Exclusion Principle is a physics term that means no two electrons in an atom can occupy the exactly the same position.
I simply apply that to people. We are each unique, with our own space. That term also has to do with the interconnectedness of atoms, particularly the sharing of electrons to make bonds, creating something greater than the sum of the parts. For example, take a couple of hydrogen atoms, then add an oxygen atom and VOILA! WATER!!! Again, I apply that to people. By sharing with others, the energy we create becomes so much better than the sum of adding up people, each person in isolation.
Why do we care? When you look at the tiniest forms of existence and start to understand them, their uniqueness, their importance, their potential for interconnectedness, then you begin to realize how very great the human experiment really is!
Wolfgang Pauli, an Austrian physicist, contributed largely to the production of the Periodic Table that so many of you remember from chemistry classes. No relative of mine, I'm just lucky to have married into the family of Pauleys, so that I can apply this theory of physics to human endeavor! I bring you The Pauley Principle.