Cartesian Bloggers

It's a strange co-incidence that two of the blogs that I frequent a lot (both written by Bong women) have a tagline related to DesCartes' famous quote. As does mine

Aparna says "I think, so I am" but does not go on to explain it anymore. M, on the other hand does not have the quote, or any paraphrase of it, as the blog title, but instead quotes it in her profile and gives a bit of explanation of how it applies to her. I have, of course, stolen the phrase, twisted it to suit my needs and, of course, retained the original Latin of it. When I thought it up, and then looked to google for the correct translation of what I had in my mind, I thought I was being awfully clever and original. But there are a bunch of sites listing this phrase and what it means.

DesCartes' is a quote is worthy of a "सप्रसंग व्याख्या"(think back to Sanskrit classes of yore). Though I don't think mine deserves a "व्याख्या" per se, I could at least give an "अनुवाद" and a bit of "टिप्पणी". The title of my blog can be translated to "I laugh, therefore I am". What it means to me is that in this world full of negatives, looking on the bright side is essential for me to survive. It means being an optimist and it means being able to laugh at myself. If it weren't for laughter, the terrible weight of the world around us would make it impossible to exist.

8 comments:

Aparna said...

Hmm...interesting...personally I chose it (I think, so I am) because friends (you included) tell me that I think too much, so I thought 'thinking' or 'aimless meadering of the mind to unreasonable and reasonable conclusions and non-conclusions' defines me...
But then, why stop at a 'tippani'...go on further...like 'why did descartes make that particular statement?'...'Would descartes have been amused at your 'tweaking'?'

Aparna said...

Now SA will retort saying 'Are you special becasue of the 'tweaking'???
And Madman will say, 'God help you my girl, you have dared to tweak with a famous person's famous words, aren't you afraid?'

M (tread softly upon) said...

birds of a feather, eh?

spiralarchitect said...

he he....apps...u read too much into me.....bt hey such egoists, i really like....and M....opposites attract....

M (tread softly upon) said...

@ spiralarchitect i fail to get you here....but you leave me wondering

spiralarchitect said...

thats the point.....i make people think :)...such ego...i love it

Luc said...

Just a small point about the 'cogito' (because I'm a pedantic bastard): Descartes published the 'Discourse on Method' in French not Latin, so in fact never wrote "cogito ergo sum".

I believe his 'Meditations on First Philosophy were published in Latin, but they don't contain the 'cogito' either, instead they say something like "I am a thinking thing".

Have fun. =)

Tanushree said...

@Luc: Cool... we live and learn! Something like the famous "Elementary, my dear Watson"? Thanks for taking the time to comment!!!