Before taking off on a philosophical tangent I must say that the feline is out of the sack, in addition the cat is out of the bag. For those of you yet to catch on Stace is in fact my beautiful wife to be. We are to be married on the 25th of November this year. We have been engaged for a little over 18 months. Thank you for all the good wishes and congratulations.
This is a photo of the two of us taken in Edinburgh (Scotland) at Christmas last year; we may be slightly inebriated I'm not sure if we were I have no clear memory of that night.
Rene Descartes, some would deem the founder of modern philosophy, came up with a simple but brilliant idea. Doubt everything. Take it back to first principles deny every thought and theory and start from scratch.
I exist, thought Descartes. Or do I, he came to the conclusion that he could not doubt that he was doubting for therefore must exist. This f course led to the most famous philosophical axiom….
Cogito Ergo Sum
I think therefore I am
Often confused with the Monty Python axiom taken from the drunken philosophers song I drink therefore I am.
Do I exist?, I think, I doubt, so therefore I am. Yet what if I only think that I am thinking?
"I think that I am thinking there for am I actually being?" –Arnold Rimmer (Red Dwarf)
Descartes although a legend in his time makes no claim to the nature of existence, perhaps I am merely a character in a novel, perhaps, Aidan does not exist it is merely a pseudonym of a reclusive author.
Conceptually millions of possible Aidans exist as alluded to on H E's blog earlier. In the mind of everyone who has ever met me, or read my blog, or has had any contact, has an Aidan stored in their head. For some it may be merely physical messy dyed blue-black hair, blundstone boots, 182 centre metres, fine build. Some may have met me on a big night, and remember how painful karaoke can be. Some may have had a religious debate with me and found me an interesting yet unusual man. All descriptions of me are true all these versions of me are true, yet contrasted none are true. Stace's or my own conceptual Aidan may have more details, intimate thoughts, strange habits, knowledge of my stationery fetish, it is impossible to define a true self.
AT the end of the day one must accept a level of existence, even be it only conceptual. If this is just a movie/story and we are merely characters it is an honour to perform along side you, I just hope it has a happy ending.