What is Pattern?
by Peter Fritz Walter
A pattern is a set of things, a certain arrangement I can make out in the complex scheme of reality. It is something I can observe.
A pattern can be fix or it can be changeable. It can be static or dynamic.
By contrast, a principle typically is the beginning of a down-hierarchy. It’s a top-something in a kind of up-to-down order.
It is not something I can observe. Its reality is merely intellectual, the outcome of a conclusion I draw in my rational mind after observing nature.
A principle thus contains my observer point or my judgment about reality.