Sum ergo cogito. I am, therefore I think.

Cogito ergo sum, I think, therefore I am, said Descartes. But for me it is more: I am, therefore I think. Most of what I think is completely futile or nonsense, and more often than not is a nuisance or setback in daily life. My guess is that this is true for most people, especially those who have responsible positions in society. This may be one of the reasons why our society is such a mess. Actually it is a miracle that so much is still working reasonably.

Just imagine that for a moment my thinking process would stop. Then still I should be. However it would be empty in my head. My attention would break free. That would make it possible to listen. I then should hear an enormous amount of sounds. This world if full of noise. But beyond this noise is the silence that, by definition, one cannot hear. Nevertheless I still can experience it, and if I cannot experience it, I can imagine it. The silence within, and the silence around, the all-permeating Silence.

And then, focussing on and being in this Silence for some time, a miracle could happen. Images and words could come forward. I should connect with my source. And maybe I should connect with my deepest values: awe, respect, open-mindedness, freedom, compassion, courage, beauty. These are words, and at the same time states of mind and heart. The words are mere symbols.

And then the thinking will start again, but now it is on a deeper level, based on my deepest values. More focussed. It will move me to valuable action. I think, therefore I act, I create. Cogito ergo ago. Cogito ergo creo.

I glady invite you to to join me on my path. It may bring us peace of mind, and help us to make a difference in the world. Cogitamus ergo creamus. We think, therefore we create.

 

(I apologize for mistakes in my English. Blogs are cursory – not stuff for correction by a native speaker)

 

 

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  1. Ofelia

    Hola me ha encantado con tu blog no te conocía hoy.

    Felicidades tienes un sitio super interesante
    Gracias por compartir con todos.

     

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