Cogito ergo sum

¿Alguna vez, has contemplado la esencia de lo que es ser y tu propia existencia dentro del todo? “Pienso, por lo tanto, soy” plasmada por Descartes y para mí fue una frase trascendental cuando me tropecé con ella. Originalmente pensé que la frase era “Pienso, luego existo”, lo cual es una traducción errónea del latín, pero esa frase en ocasiones siento que tiene su gran verdad en un ámbito metafísico, donde si no piensas o te piensan dejas de existir.

Pero cual sería una verdad indudable “Pienso, por lo tanto, soy” o “Pienso, luego existo”, ya que en los círculos de la filosofía se considera la primera la aceptada y para el vulgo la segunda es la popular. Lo cual conduce a un problema existencial donde los estudiados en filosofía y en especial los que siguen el pragmatismo occidental se rigen por la frase original y el resto que a mi entender son una mente colectiva consideran la segunda como una verdad indudable.

Pensar es un acto donde se hace una representación abstracta sobre un algo de la existencia de un ser relacionada al medio en que se rodea. Entonces Descartes no probó la existencia ni intentó probar su existencia en su discurso del método, pero su objetivo fue demostrar su preexistencia y por ende la existencia de la consciencia del yo. Pero ¿El yo existe dentro de un plano físico y al no pensar no existe en el metafísico?”

Reflexiono sobre experiencias, acciones, y considero, ¿Será que la razón por la cual la mente colectiva humana ha popularizado, “Pienso, luego existo”, es porque es una verdad intrínseca?

Aunque viendo la necesidad humana de ser recordado y el temor de muchos de ser olvidados, me atrevo a plasmar que se debe tratar en dos facetas.

  1. Pienso, luego existo.
  2. Si me piensan, sigo existiendo.

El concepto del recuerdo es recurrente no solo entre los círculos filosóficos, es sumamente popular entre las grandes obras literarias, en la religión y la remembranza es parte fundamental de la sociedad humana.

“Si me piensan, sigo existiendo” ya había sido un concepto que me rondaba la mente al estar disfrutando de una serie en Netflix llamada “The Good Place”, la cual vía parodia trata conceptos filosóficos, el concepto de ser recordado permite la existencia también rondaba en esos momentos donde recordamos a nuestros seres queridos. He notado y esto es circunstancial, que el mayor temor del individuo es no ser recordado.

Disfrute de una película familiar con mi esposa e hijos, llamada “Coco”, donde toman la tradición mexicana del “Día de los Muertos”, estableciendo que al ser olvidado el individuo, este deja de existir en el plano metafísico por ende, desaparece. Y si hacemos una breve investigación, nos podremos percatar que todo país de una manera u otra tiene una fecha reservada para conmemorar a sus seres queridos. Al ver la película volví a retomar el conflicto interno de recordar o no ser recordado.

Aunque es una dramatización en base a la imaginación de los creadores de la película sobre que ocurre en la vida después de la muerte, me pregunto entonces que ocurre en luego de ser olvidado. Y pienso en la filosofía budista, establecida por Siddhartha Guatama, cuyo objetivo máximo es salir del ciclo de la resurrección para poder unirse al núcleo superior, hasta ese momento somos una manifestación del núcleo, pero no pertenecemos al mismo.

Todo lo que hacemos conscientemente valida nuestra existencia, todo lo que pensamos confirma nuestra existencia y al ser recordados perdura nuestra existencia. Me queda la duda ¿Debemos existir o dejar de existir? ¿Al dejar de existir existe un plano superior al metafísico?

Online or Offline friends

With modern times and technology that has served to allow the breakdown of traditional boundaries by allowing world wide communication, by messaging, calls and videos calls, allow for new forms of interpersonal relationships. There are some detractors that socializing through a computer screen can cause a dissociation from reality and create a hermit like behaviour in a human, there have been many cultural exchanges that have fostered friendships that eventually become offline friends.

It is true that everything in excess will cause a bad habit and the same goes for the use of technology, specially when used for socializing and making new friends. I would also argue, that trying too hard to have an “offline” friends can also lead to that person keeping a distance and needing space. So a person can become needy and obnoxious both online and offline if the person has no self-control and does not understand the meaning of friendship and how to nourish a healthy relationship with a friend.

I consider an online friend just as real and valuable as an offline one. There are many different situations that may lead to having an online friend, be it because one had to move to a faraway town or country or as simple as meeting online and hitting it off with many things in common. I may ask “Do you enjoy the company of such person? Can you talk about things in an intimate manner? Do you care about them and how they are doing?”. I ask myself this questions and the line of online and offline blurs because it’s not about being physically in reach, it is about having things in common.

I personal account, of an online friend who I met roughly eight years ago, though a common love for technology at an online forum about cryptocurrency. Initially, it was like any person you meet and have a good time, but as times passed it developed into a real and proper friendship, to the point of “meeting” his family and my own. We had planned that he would come with his partner to meet me and my family in person and later on I would travel with my wife to his country. Things must happen for a reason, and one day he told me he had been developing a strange rash in his arm, but had a set travel date, then he went to the doctor and was told he has leukaemia. We still kept in touch and through his partner would exchange text and an occasional video call to give him my support for afar.

Five years ago, his partner calls me and tells me sobbing, we lost him, I broke down in tears. His mother and partner came to visit as it was his dying wish, they met my wife and kids, I showed them my home town. We reminiscence in his memory, left them at the airport and said our final goodbyes.

Did I develop a true friendship with a person I considered valuable and important to me? I dare say yes, and I felt a big loss as I heard the news of his demise. So, online or offline, is irrelevant as long as the friendship is true, for only true friendship is valuable and important. As long as there is a balance between online and offline activities, friendship can develop in any community, and both forms are equally valuable and important.

Good Bye Summer

Today I found out that summer is gone.

The cold wind feels lonesome and far.

For summer has taken a brief moment of life.

Today I am bound by a life I begun.

Yet the colors of fall shall remind me of the summer I saw.

There is honey, hazel and specially light brown.

Today I reminiscence in three colors I saw.

For the sun played a role in a moment that’s gone.

Though summer is gone shall summer be back?

Today I now know that summer is gone.

Behind the falling leaves I shall never look back.

Except the mind will ponder tonight.

As time passes and the candle stops shining.

Beneath the starry rainy night.

Upon anything, only shadowy light.

Yonder summer will always sigh.

Today I finally understand that summer is gone.