Saturday, 6 October 2018

I Love Therefore I Am!

Koozma J. Tarasoff, 2018.
I read this poem at an Open Mic session Sept. 28, 2018 during Peace Arts Night at the First Unitarian Congregation in Ottawa as part of the 12th Annual Ottawa Peace Festival. It was inspired by Henry Beissel during a conversation about the Ottawa Peace Festival 2018 as we pondered whether our intervention made any difference on the journey for a peaceful world. Henry suggested that we need to change the paradigm of René Descartes First Principle to 'I love therefore I am.'

I Love Therefore I Am!
The Evolution of Homo Sapiens

In evolutionary history
we know that continuity and change are constant.
Darwin discovered this on his research ship Beagle.

We also know that during the Scientific Revolution of the 17th Century
René Descartes proclaimed the First Principle of Certainty, saying
‘I think therefore I am.’
Meaning—‘I am, I exist’.

As well, we know that wisdom people for centuries
have sought to create a world without wars.
We’ve seen futile attempts by politicians of all stripes
proclaim ‘this war is the end of all wars’.

Yet violence and wars — corporate murder —
continue to cause havoc with
the use of weapons of mass destruction, regime change,
and all kinds of human indignities. Countless victims suffer.

Today we need a new discussion on human development —
a discussion that would lead to humane behaviour,
such as envisaged by the late Glenn D. Paige of Hawaii
on the nonkilling society — the responsibility not to kill and the right not to be killed.

We need to talk about something simple, yet profound —
the power of love comes to mind
as penned in the 1800s by Tolstoy, author of War and Peace.
We need to discover the merits
of the Inner Spirit
and apply it to our Charter of Love and Compassion for the living.

Friends, my fellow homo sapiens,
it’s time to build a new world order
that will save us from the scourge of wars and
give a supportive structure to us, to our children and to future generations.
It is time to upgrade Descartes’ maxim to a new authentic identity:

The Inner Spirit of love opens the way
to a new world of common humanity.
So let’s embrace the new charter of life:
I love therefore I am’!

Posted on the Transcend Media website.


  1. I like it Koozma. Well done. I'm not sure if it is just me, but I am surprised how many people I have heard recently expressing the "power" of love. Perhaps a meaningful development.

    1. Thanks Gordon! Love is a constant high-ground quality that persists through the ages. It is the gem of humanity that gives hope to future generations.

  2. Henry Beissel, Ottawa Canada8 October 2018 at 10:40

    Hi, Koozma:

    I suppose it's always a compliment when a writer uses a phrase from another writer, especially when he acknowledges having done so. Thank you. When I told you about my change of Descartes' famous motto, I don't remember if I told you that my version emerged many years ago in the fourth elegy of Seasons of Blood (2011 edition, p.57), called "Where Shall the Birds fly". The actual wording and disposition on the page reads:
    I love

    therefore I am


    Anything that promotes peace in the world enhances the creative forces in the world. Congratulations on your own sustained contributions.

    1. 'Where Shall the Birds Fly?' is a book-long poem, for which Beissel was awarded a Naji Naaman Literary Prize in 2008 for 'Creativity', plus lifetime membership. (The Ontario Poetry Society ~ Henry Beissel ~)

  3. Ivaylo Grouev, Ottawa, Ontario13 October 2018 at 11:15

    Thank you Koozma,
    I am sorry for not responding earlier, the poem has a powerful message however, how to influence with this type of narrative those minds which clearly do not care about basic humanistic principles.
    That unfortunate state of affairs has been the case for a long, long time.
    How to change the paradigm?
    It needs to start from the family, media, kindergarten, schools university and needs to be the upmost priority for the so-called political elite.
    However let's not fool ourselves: war was and still is the most profitable business and the political elite is just an extension of the powerful corporate interests.
    The real struggle is between REAL democracy and plutocracy,
    Not an easy fight.

  4. Suzanne Scheunaman, Ottawa, Ontario15 October 2018 at 18:57

    It is perfectly lovely, Koozma, and thank you for sharing it with us. I wish there were more of you!