Euclid defined a symbol today known as a grid of equal-sized
squares. It was called a 'norma'.
The norma figures in metaphysics as an early training lesson.
It has a few typical successive stages, but exceptions may be
made in exceptional circumstances:
1. Exploration of the norma: such as an ant. The norma is
interpreted in some way, sometimes with difficulty.
2. Artistic endeavors. The person tries to do better than the
norma, and often can't. However, eventually they succeed in
making quality art and pass this level.
3. Encounter with the norma: the figure re-emerges, often as a
symbol of some type, rationalized by the individual. The earlier
this confrontation happens and the more successful the outcome,
the sooner the person passes basic metaphysics.
Some categories to consider:
A. The metaphysical dunce. Someone who adopts the norma as a
religious symbol unthinkingly.
B. The eschatologist. Someone that studies the religious
significance of the symbol, but does not see its metaphysical
C. The philosopher, logician, or metaphysician. Someone that
sees the symbol has metaphysical significance, but cannot always
D. The wizard or sage. Someone that has moved beyond The
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