So, a huge question that always pops up is how do we exist, or why do we exist? However, what is existence itself? A famous term is "Je pense, donc je suis", or in English "I think, therefore I am". However, this does open up some questions. Here are a few that I have:
- What are thoughts exactly? Are they made up of matter? If not, do they really exist? Is existence determined by matter? Or is existence merely attributed to the idea that it exists? In other words, do we exist merely because we say so?
- You can only read your own thoughts. Therefore, you can only confirm your own existence, assuming that existence is indeed the capability to think. I for example don't know if other people truly have their own thoughts, or if other beings are merely constructs of my mind, since my mind determines what I feel, see, hear, etc. I could really be interacting with a sort of fake world of my own creation. Now, is our brain capable of creating such complex worlds and constructs in the first place, though?
- Once we are dead, what happens then? Assuming there is no afterlife, that means we cease to exist presumably. But what of our corpses? That leads back to the question of matter. Since our corpses would still exist at least in the short-term, is the decision is matter than we would still exist, but if it's of thoughts and minds that means we wouldn't.