M. Henri Day wrote:Stargzer wrote: ...
Then again, if it's because YOU do it now, and not two other people long ago, it would be coeo ergo sum!
Don't tell that to people living under vows of celibacy, Larry ; life is (especially under such circumstances) tough enough without being told that one does not exist !...
Therein again lies the the problem of the pun. Caco played off of the first-person singular present tense (I [do something] of cogito. Anders' use of the the noun coitus emphasized the act itself, implying that the speaker's being is not a result of his own doing, which is reinforced even more by the third-person plural imperfect tense coibant. To return to Descartes' original premise, that the speaker is a result of his own action (thinking, for good ol' René), requires a return to the first-person singular present tense, coeo.
Still, there is no need for a one-size-fits-all philosophy. Celibates can (and do) exist even if they only cogitate about it!
I think it's time to go home and look for some Jameson . . .