The aim of this paper is to explain how Descartes gets to his first certainty I think, I am (Meditation II). Descartes argues that he cannot doubt whatsoever he thinks. He reasons that doubting is a way of thinking. He remains affirmative about his existence and says even if the devil made him doubt that he existed, to him that will surely mean that he certainly exists. Nothing that can be proven not to exist to does exist when remarking about Descartes quote. The mind has been set in such a way that whatever thing a person thinks that might be non-existing then that thing surely does exist. This is because the thoughts we have do not just create themselves in our minds but they are correlated to scenarios, people, or things we come across. Any ideas as long as it is distinct and clear can be known to be true the very moment the idea is held in mind. When something crosses our mind we ought not to think much about it for us to have a clear perception of it; consequently, when our attention is shifted from the idea there is no longer a certainty about the notion though we recall that we were sure about it.

For us to be certain about the factuality of the ideas we have in mind whether they are not deceptive to us, thus leading us to bad ends; it is important for us to know that it is not the plans of an evil demon. Believing in God will so much help us to do away with the wicked plans of the devil as God cannot allow mankind to suffer in the hands of the devil; neither can he lead deceive mankind. Descartes believes that the only time when a building collapses is when the foundation of the building is cut from under it; this is replicable for instance when one has an idea and does not go forth to do something about the idea for it to happen or come to pass. God also tells us from the scripture that a house which is not laid in his name will certainly come down; therefore God should be made a central focus of all our actions, thoughts, and deeds (Descartes, 1967).

There is no way in which someone can be able to prove that his or her beliefs are false, not when he or she is withholding his or her assent more cautiously from what is not irrefutably indubitable and certain compared to what coherently is false. In most cases, one is supposed to prove that what they believe can in one way or another be the solution for any problem and not to always think that their ideas will always never work out. However minute an idea can be, the impact of that idea can be so gross that the person who was withholding the idea back cannot even know unless they let the idea out. Descartes, therefore, helps people who see themselves as weak vessels in the presence of other people whom to them are “supreme beings” to visualize the ideality that everything is possible when you believe in its existence. Above all, God should always be our sense of direction, and before we commit ourselves in whatever thing, we should always put him first for he is the custodian of everything before us.


Descartes, R. (1967). Meditation II (No. 14) No.