Leibniz's Universe, I
In my book, I call Leibniz's monads spiritual atoms because I want to speak of the monads as Spirits or spiritual atoms. With this change, I can also speak of God as the Holy Spirit, who is the creator of all Spirits. Philosophically, the Holy Spirit and all created Spirits are substances that have predicates. The Holy Spirit and all created Spirits are thus 'independent things' that have attributes. However, the independence of the Holy Spirit is absolute. Later, I show why the independence of all created spirits is relativistic.
In God, all possible Spirits are enfolded as 'one.' In God, these possible Spirits can thus be modeled with a single geometrical point. All possible Spirits are unfolded and are distinguished from each other and God when the 'one' is contracted by finitude and plurality. This contraction process is an act of God that unfolds all actual Spirits. All actual Spirits are modeled differently. Their model is a set of different geometrical points that are infinite in number. Note. Actual Spirits can be created and destroyed only by God. Since God is eternal, all actual Spirits are immortal.
Inside each created Spirit we find an organization as if it is like a godly machine. Each created Spirit is also organized differently. All created Spirits can be called irreducible complexities because they are organized by contracted essential attributes of God. Since the universe is always in motion, each created Spirit will change continually. Since nothing outside of a created Spirit can change it, each created Spirit must possess a principle of change. Each created Spirit must have a unity within a plurality. This plurality is formed by passing states of change. Each created Spirit can produce changes by perceiving these passing states. By perceiving, a Spirit can change. But, the independence of all created Spirits is relativistic and is limited by our perceiving ability.
Since the universe is not a container, each created Spirit depends on the natural changes of all other Spirits. For example, we depend on the rain gutters of our homes, that is, that they do not rust for many years. And we depend on all other Spirits to drive safely and behave.