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Descartes Downfall

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Descartes Downfall

A Great thinker without doubt
except that doubt is a major part
of his thesis which many a lout
can quote
"i think therefore I am"
but a philosopher
would never calculate
a complete abdication of thought
which has become self-evident
in a society of consumers
whose attention span has been
cannibalized into soundbites
to a point where
conscious thought is 
and common wisdom
is a function of rote repetition
at the expense of self-awareness
it's so much easier
not having to think
and clean your plate
of the lies
fed to you
without question
without a doubt

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  1. Date: 1/15/2011 4:38:00 AM
    Interesting to use a quote of thinking to illustrate the current climate. Opinions accepted as fact and followed without self awareness. People taking the easy way. Got me thinking, nice.

  1. Date: 1/14/2011 11:33:00 PM
    a powerful existential write with well-worded reflections , stephen... stunned! :) nette

  1. Date: 1/14/2011 11:22:00 PM
    Enjoyed your angst, Stephen. I am no intellectual, but common sense tells me that "I think, therefore I am" a delusional.... like so many philosophies, it even sounds arrogant. Always, Annalise

  1. Date: 1/14/2011 9:40:00 PM
    Have always been intrigued by that quote: "I think therefore I am."And I like the modern spin you put on this because people seem to "think" and question far less these days. Well done, Stephen. Love, Carolyn