Descarte - humans. The final paragraph of the article...

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I thought the last two paragraphs of the Descarte article were of particular interest to me. I attended a Jesuit high school as Descartes did, so my thoughts on his comments may draw from that shared experience. In the second last paragraph he questions where the idea of a god first originated from. In my life, my concept certainly came from my parents, but for those who first contemplated Him, they must have gathered His existence for that which they could not explain, those aspects of nature which their logic could not grasp. Whether it the night stars, the arora borealis, or just why the sun rises and sets every day. These unexplainable facets of every day life so detrimental to everyday life must have inspired awe in these first humans, giving birth to the concept of something greater than the human mind within these first
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Unformatted text preview: humans. The final paragraph of the article states that all we as humans can conceive of is already in existence, something the jesuits in my high school taught us not as a way to destroy our creativity; but rather to humble it, saying that anything we can possibly conjure up as original has a basis in something already in existence. It makes sense that as you pick something apart to its most basic form it is composed of the same atoms and colors and elements that everything else is made of. This type of broad generalization may be true but I find it of very little use, similar to saying something is not a new idea because all its elements have already been in existence for years. I think the very fact of rearranging pieces makes something new out of what already was....
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