"I think, therefore I am." Is the famous phrase coined by Rene Descartes.
This has become the motto of the modern mind. Descartes championed the mind-matter split. Since then, Western science, philosophy and education have been based on the subject- object divide and the human-nature divide.
Much of our social and political paradigm stems from this dualism. From this dualism flow individualism, industrialism, humanism, capitalism and egoism. Dualism also gives birth to fragmentation, separation, alienation and isolation. ( Satish Kumar in Resurgence - issue 199.)