By Ruben Rivera. Art by Anita Rivera.
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Tea Rat: Rattus, I have a question I've been meaning to ask for a long time.
Rattus: That sounds serious.
Tea Rat: It is and if I can't get an answer I'm afraid of what comes next.
Rattus: You're scaring me, son. What is it?
Tea Rat: How can I know if I exist?
Rattus: The philosopher Decartes answered that question with the famous dictum cogito ergo sum, I think therefore I am. So the fact that you're asking the question proves you exist to ask it.
Tea Rat: I don't know. That sounds like a bunch of hocus pocus to me. Just because you think something doesn't mean it exists.
Rattus: No, no, you misunderstand. He didn't say that anything you can think of must exist. Just that thinking is evidence of the existence of a thinker.
Tea Rat: Sure, sure, but there's just one part I still don't understand.
Rattus: What part is that?
Tea Rat: The whole part.
Tea Rat: OW !!! My arm!
Rattus: Tell me, if you don't exist, who's pain is that?