Signs form from concepts and, once understood, need not contain imagery to show their character, their acts, or symbols of acts. They resonate through consciousness and are representative of reason. They lack necessity of experience, although they are, symbolically, the act of experience. They are symbolic in arithmetic, a simple game of chance, or an everyday unfolding of events which may or may not point toward a particular outcome. They are both a priori and empirical symbols in that they evolve from basic understanding and cling to an everydayness even though consciousness is not conscious of this. They are not necessarily objects of thought, but objects understood. Even stripped of intuition, the sign-experience is an active trait of the character of reason.
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