Descartes And The Splendor Of Poem by Joanne Kyger

Descartes And The Splendor Of

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DESCARTES AND THE SPLENDOR OF
A Real Drama of Everyday Life.

In Six Parts.

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PART IV

I reject as absolutely false all opinion in which I have the least doubt.
As our senses often deceive us I assume they show us illusion, and must
reject them. As reason is subject to error, and who can offer more living
proof of that than I, I must reject the faculty or reason.
Finally I am aware that I am only completely and confindently aware of
all this rejection and doubt. This is all I can be sure of, this spinning out
of my head. HENCE I arrive at my First Fundamental Truth. I THINK
hence I AM. OR I Doubt hence I Am; or I Reject hence I am. You get
the picture.
However this I is of the Mind, and wholly distinct from the Body. But
then further clear reasoning brings me to this: IN ORDER TO THINK,
IT IS NECESSARY TO EXIST. I never saw a dead man think, I never
hope to see one, but I can tell you any how, I'd rather see than Be one.
Dead men don't htink. An therefore, everything we exactly and truly
know, like THE REASONING ABOVE is because it is CLEAR AND
DISTINCT.

I realize that to doubt is a drag, and a PerFECT BEING would accept
everything. But from WHENCE DID I GET MY IDEA OF
PERFECTION!!!!! PLACED IN ME BY A NATURE, BY A NATURE
IN REALITY MORE PERFECT THAN MIND and WHICH EVEN
POSSESSES WITHIN ITSELF ALL THE PERFECTION OF WHICH
I COULD FORM ANY IDEA, that is to say, IN A SINGLE WORD,
MOTHER GOD.
Without this idea of the perfection of MOTHER GOD we should not exist.

Imagination is a mode of thinkin lomited to material objects. AND THE
STUFFY MIND ASSUMES IF YOU CANNOT IMAGINE, something,
IT DOES NOT EXIST. WHICH IS beside the point and off the argument
if not completely irrelevant to this text by which I am following myself
in glory and splendor. AM I A BUTTERFLY DREAMING I AM ME
or ME DREAMING I AM A BUTTERFLY or am I MOTHER GOD
in Glory and Splendor? Our ideas become confused because we are not
WHOLLY PERFECT and our razor sharp reason must be wielded at all
times to guard against ERROR, error of IMAGINATION and error of
the SENSES.

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Adrian Flett 13 March 2019

Dead men don't htink. An thinkin lomited A good lesson in philosophy spoiled by PH's errors shown above.

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Edward Kofi Louis 13 March 2019

Error of the senses! ! ! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.

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Kim Barney 18 February 2015

Of course you know that Descartes was famous for saying: I think, therefore I am. Well, did you ever hear how Descartes met his end? A friend of his came up to him one day and asked, Say, Old Chap, do you think I'm good looking? Descartes replied: I think not. and POOF! he disappeared just like that!

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Sylvia Frances Chan 13 March 2020

The term I Am relating to God appears over 300 times in the Bible, ABOUT DESCARTES: One of the most notable intellectual figures of the Dutch Golden Age, Descartes is also widely regarded as one of the founders of modern philosophy. CONGRATULATIONS on being chosen as THE MODERN POEM OF THE DAY. HOORAY. God" s Blessings. Anno Domini Friday 13 March 2020 -Sylvia Frances Chan, Dutch Poetess

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Shaun Cronick 13 March 2020

Good to a point but it appears as if it is shouting at you with the overuse of capital letters and so distracting.. Was it originally written this way or was the uploader on medication at the time?

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Alexander Julian 13 March 2020

We also have imaginary reasons I suppose. Mother Nature is very much imaginary because it's rather eternal, or, it's a natural design that goes beyond technical data.

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Kumarmani Mahakul 13 March 2020

WHOLLY PERFECT and our razor sharp reason must be wielded at all times to guard against ERROR, error of IMAGINATION and error of the SENSES......so touching and true. Thanks and congratulations for being selected this poem as the modern poem of the poem of the day.

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Ramesh T A 13 March 2020

Indeed more than senses or feelings, reason and imagination only can help one to visualize Truth to rely on ever! Thanks for sharing this here!

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