11 February 2006


Define Faith

We read some Descartes late one night, attempting to defeat a bout of insomnia. Bad choice. His massive ego inspired such shocked awe in us that sleep became impossible. We remembered his famous phrase: I think therefore I am, but could not find it. We pulled down his books from our shelves and methodically combed through them. The phrase had to be there, but we demanded more than mere intuition. We needed evidence. The search dragged on. The phrase became our holy grail. In the light of breaking dawn our determination began to waver. Breakfast became a particularly welcome idea.


“I think, therefore I am. [Cogito, ergo sum.]”

René Descartes (1596–1650), French philosopher, mathematician. Le Discours de la Méthode, pt. 4 (1637).

“I think, therefore I am is the statement of an intellectual who underrates toothaches.”

Milan Kundera (b. 1929), Czechosolvakian author, critic. Immortality, pt. 4, ch. 11 (1991).
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