To understand is to perceive patterns…

The pattern, and it alone, brings into being, and causes to pass away, and confers purpose, that is to say, value and meaning, on all there is. To understand is to perceive patterns. To offer historical explanations is not merely to describe a succession of events, but to make it intelligible; to make it intelligible is to reveal the basic pattern[.]

— Isaiah Berlin

The proper study of mankind: an anthology of essays | Isaiah Berlin