The Universal Design Pattern: "The most specific event can serve as a general example of a class of events."
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Here's a PDF copy of GEB, the relevant section starts on page 357 (tho I advise getting your own copy and reading the entire thing).
This concept struck me as an example of what a dialectical materialist framework would call the unity & struggle of opposites - between particularity (ex: instances, events, rows) & generality (ex: classes, types, schema). The two components of this contradiction can (and should) be identified, but cannot be absolutely separated- a class without instances is empty (and how would you design a class without implemention in mind?), an instance without a class is chaos. Furthermore, a class can be a particular implementation of another class, yet serve as a general class for many others.
I'm also not sure if my tags are right, and would appreciate feedback cuz this post blends a bit between categories. I also included that beginning quote in the title b/c it seemed to be more descriptive than just "Universal Design Pattern".