On page 70 he speaks of the animal chain or series, from the monad to man, ascending from the most simple to the most complex.
Pythagoras held that the unit or monad is the principle and end of all.
The second follows because the existence of one monad involves the existence of many.
In what then do these unities differ from the Uniqueness (or monad)?
It thus is clear that merely stating that matter is passivity in the monad is not the ultimate way of stating its nature.
By wanting to be, the monad makes itself the elephant, the eagle, or the man.
But one monad, as higher in the stage of development than another, makes an ideal demand upon that one.
There is nothing of caprice, of peculiarity, in the content of the monad.
We have previously considered the element of passivity or receptivity as relating only to the monad which manifests it.
In every other monad, the entelechy, or energy, is but one factor.
"unity, arithmetical unit," 1610s, from Late Latin monas (genitive monadis), from Greek monas "unit," from monos "alone" (see mono-). In Leibnitz's philosophy, "an ultimate unit of being" (1748). Related: Monadic.
monad mo·nad (mō'nād')
An atom or a radical with a valence of 1.
A single-celled microorganism, especially a protozoan of the genus Monas.
Any of the four chromatids of a tetrad that, after the first and second meiotic divisions, separate to become the chromosomal material in each of the four daughter cells.