Is the Pythagorean image of the harmony, or that of the monad, the truer expression?
Pythagoras held that the unit or monad is the principle and end of all.
In what then do these unities differ from the Uniqueness (or monad)?
By wanting to be, the monad makes itself the elephant, the eagle, or the man.
The monad, then, is a spiritual unity; it is individualized life.
There is nothing of caprice, of peculiarity, in the content of the monad.
In every other monad, the entelechy, or energy, is but one factor.
He is the monad of monads; the most complete, active, and individualized of all.
As to the monad, the true monad is that which embraces all number or plurality in itself.
Only one minimum is absolutely so named,—God as the monad of monads.
"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')
n.
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.