I contend he should have said, “I am, therefore I think.”
Now, before the Philosophy police come for me allow me to make one thing clear…. I’m not attempting to enter into a philosophical debate here.
And while we could easily enter into a morale discussion about when life begins, or how we know we actually exist (Descartes contended that because we think, we are)… I won’t.
An Amazing Gift
No, instead of all this, I want to keep it real simple. You see, I contend each of us have been given an amazing gift. In fact, we’ve been given many gifts such as life itself. But the gift I’m talking about is the gift of thought and contemplation.
It’s this gift that can, so to speak, make or break us. It’s this gift that enables men and women to do astonishing things like brain surgery, invent the cell phone, and fly people to the moon.
And it’s precisely because of this gift of thought that companies such as Toyota have re-written the rules related to running a business.
The Real Secret
Contrary to what many assume, it’s not the tools of lean or six sigma that make companies like Toyota great. And, while it’s very important, respecting people isn’t the key driver either.
No, in my humble opinion, it comes down to one thing and one thing only. Those who master the ability to think and solve problems will ultimately win the game, set, and match.
My Maker Made Me to Think
So, yes, I think Descartes got it backward. I believe God is the first cause of life which means He’s ultimately responsible for me sitting here this evening typing this sentence. I also believe this same God gave me the ability, and I contend the responsibility, to think.
Stated another way, “I am, therefore I think.”
Do you agree?