Man is condemned to be free; because once thrown into the world, he is responsible for everything he does. Everything has been figured out, except how to live. One always dies too soon or too late. And yet, life is there, finished. The line is drawn, and it must all be added up. You are nothing other than your life. There is only one day left, always starting over. It is given to us at dawn and taken away from us at dusk. We do not know what we want and yet we are responsible for what we are, that is the fact. When you live alone you no longer know what it is to tell a story: the plausible disappears at the same time as the friends. You let events flow by too.Suddenly you see people appear who speak and then go away; you plunge into stories of which you can't make head or tail. You'd make a terrible witness. It is true that people who live in society have learned how to see themselves in mirrors as they appear to their friends. Luckily, I only have a few...

Dr Shaw is a lecturer in Further Education at Edge Hill University, Ormskirk. She also offers philosophy courses at the School of Continuing Education, Lifelong learning, at the University of Liverpool. In 2015, she has completed her Doctorate in philosophy with a focus on existentialism, the equilibrium doctrine and narrative. She has worked as a teacher of English and Comparative literature and Philosophy at The American University in Cairo, Egypt where she also obtained her BA (Hons). Dr Shaw has an MA in Philosophy and Literature from the University of East Anglia where she also taught on a number of humanities subjects. Whilst working in North Wales in Further education, she gained a PGCE aimed at teaching in FE and HE sectors. Dr Shaw moved to Liverpool in 2010 where she now resides.

Interests: Existentialism, Narrative, Comparative Literature, Feminist Thought, Public Speaking, Arab Existentialism, Philosophy of Education, Art, Music, Film and Theatre, Greek Mythology, Existential counsellor and psychotherapist.


Saturday, 12 February 2011

A message to the future Egyptian president

    By my younger sister: Heidi (born 1988)
Dear future president,

        Please learn from other people's mistakes and donnott let power corrupt you and/or cloud your judgment. Don't be afraid of your own people. Don't be merely a picture on the walls in schools and streets or just a name we hear about but can never relate to. Be more than a symbol to your own people. Admit that you have made a mistake when you do, it is never a sign of weakness, on the contrary, it is a sign of wisdom and humanity. Please show us that you can feel. Feel the people, feel their sadness, their happiness and really connect. Please spend more time in your own country, donnot be absent almost all the time.
Finally, donnott say you are our father, say you are a fellow "human".

Listen, Learn and Grow...

P.S: Don't underestimate your own people and never for a second think that we are donnot understand. We have proven several times that we are aware of all tricks so please learn.

                                                                                                       a fellow "Human"


  1. I hope that all goes well for your people now that Mobarak has resigned and I certainly hope that the new provisional government and subsequent president will learn from the mistakes of the past and be available to connect with his people, to listen to their questions and show some empathy.

    Dianne. xoxo ♡

  2. Dear Heidi , what you wrote is very nice and I have a dream regarding our future president " that we need a president who love Egypt & who love us Egyptians, before we love him , and I have also the pre feeling that we will have this dream in reality just hope we are a very nice people , God Bless Egypt
    Lotfi Abou Sariya