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Flatland - Chapter 12, Of the Doctrines of our Priests Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 12, Of the Doctrines of our Priests Summary

A. Square begins by discussing the doctrine and theology of the Circles, or priests. He explains that the doctrine "attend to your configuration" is the primary focus of Circles. This doctrine focuses solely on the advancement of one's shape, in all aspects of life. He further explains that rather than focusing on will, or strength or any other attribute, the Circle focuses only on configuration, believing the rest to be worth nearly nothing. Pantocyclus, the ancient Circle, believed any fault or defect resulted from a deviation of the regular figure. As a result, no behavior is either appraisable or punishable, since the behavior stems solely from one's shape.

A. Square notes this is ideal, but impractical. In behavioral issues where consumption is not an issue, it is difficult, at times, to discern if...

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