René Descartes Rethinks, Therefore He Never Was
Those who have studied up on their Latin philosophical propositions likely know the phrase first used by René Descartes, “Cogito, ergo sum.” For our less well-read readers, that phrase translated to English is “I think, therefore I am.” In a shocking turn of events, an unpublished essay written by Descartes was uncovered. The essay was titled “Puto bis: ergo nunquam me erat” or, “I think twice, Therefore I Never Was” which we can take to mean, Rene Descartes, in a moment of self-reflection, thought twice about his initial and now very widely know piece of philosophy and thought, “ehhhhhh I don’t know.”
While this new essay certainly instills a certain amount of doubt in the individual consuming it, it is quite clear after reading this doubt-filled piece of writing that one individual’s dubiousness can shift the entire mindset of western philosophy. One should be careful with how much and how often they rethink for it could get you into quite a bit of mental trouble, without a doubt.
-A Well-Mannered Scholar