An Argument for Descartes’ Philosophy on the Existence of a God
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The mediations from Descartes bring speculation of Deity and the existence of a god. The questioning process starts with him asking himself; if there is a god could it have created us to be opened minded and able to be deceived. With this thought of deception, Descartes contemplates whether or not Deity has made a human through goodness. Since the idea of a Being so powerful has been in his mind even when he has removed other’s opinions and beliefs from his own mind, he himself knows that there is some reason behind no erase of memory. For example, squares having 4 sides and simple mathematical problems like two plus two, how could this be a believed truth? When thinking of sciences of Astronomy, Medicine, and Physics it is said that there is a reason for doubt and speculation behind studies. But, sciences like Arithmetic and Geometry are simple and general and have a distinct meaning of existence. They can be proven without a doubt to be considered true.
Descartes mentions dreams. While dreaming, the actions of your body and actual body itself, is an illusion. Even though we know we have a body, hands and arms, we don’t see them in our dreams in their entirety. It has to be true that the vision we are seeing in a dream has to come from something from reality or the likeness of realities. These images are existent somewhere and somehow throughout our reality. Artists, and painters alike, take shapes, colors, figures, objects, and/or anything with real existence and form them into their works of art, which is distorted yet enhanced by imagination and mind. Descartes then ends his dream theory by saying even though the square has four sides, and two plus three is five is blatantly apparent one can still assume it as not true.
Combining Descartes’ Meditations on dreams with his thoughts of actual facts of existence, he forms that if in there is an ongoing possession in the mind that a God who is most powerful to create him as human being, and others, how could this God make him to perceive actual things to not be true. Some people would rather die than believe that there is a God who wants us to question certainty. Descartes waits to disagree with this opinion. He then speaks as if all his explanations about a God were true. And if he had reached his existence and it were real that he would keep getting deceived more and more, even when the source of whatever he questions starts to subside.
All his reasons left no reply. Since there is no past belief of truth that is not doubted, he still cannot come to the decision of any certainty because the opinions he has created himself could obviously be false. To keep these observations in his mind, he will have to care about them. The thoughts and ideas of everything he has considered both old and current will “pop” into his head whether he wants it to or not. But while they do still enter his train of thought he will not forget to dodge yet accept to find a doubtful truth. He has shown them to be highly probable. He cannot trust himself, or trust the thoughts of others so therefore he has convinced himself that he can’t be doing anything wrong just because he has opposite judgment. Descartes realizes he deceives himself when he’s thinking all the created opinions are false and imaginary. When he develops grasp on his Meditations and has enough control to balance his new over his old prejudgments he then won’t be convinced one way or the other. He doesn’t believe he will be in danger, or even remotely doing anything wrong for that matter, so the end of life becomes something he is not looking for just rather knows exists.
In proving the existence of God, Descartes comes to the realization that he is not deceiving himself or that a Deity could be deceiving him, but a demon, whose job is one of deception. All earthly surroundings and external things are illusions of dreams that this God has put in place to be believed to be true. He considers his non existence true, and will remain to keep his beliefs in this direction until he reaches the point of truth against his will. But, if and when he reaches this point he will do whatever he can to prohibit judgment, and stand up to this deceiver whatever the power it holds. The fight is a tough one for him to handle, but brings him back to his regular life in time which makes him never want to awake from dreams. Agreeing with the illusions and stretching the dream to make it last and ultimately keeping his original beliefs. A fear of waking up is attained. Using the effort needed to end resting time and bring any light of day is not worth it. At the same time as you are coming to wake you bring the darkness that has now been brought up. Descartes is successful in proving that God, demons, and end of life exists, but he would rather live in his dreams to stay away from the constant worry.