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.


Thursday, 10 March 2011

An Egyptian Oath by my Mum

An Egyptian Oath                                                          *By my Mum
بالله العظيم أن أحافظ على مصر حرة مرفوعة الرأس وأن أخلص
لها العمل بكل
ضمير وأن أجتهد لتحقيق أحلامي وأن أحترم أحلام أولادي
واثقا في شمس مستقبل
بلادي مؤمنا بوحدة شعبي ومسؤولا عن كل حبة تراب
من أرض وطني والله على ما
أقول شهيد
My translation
Before God almighty I promise to keep Egypt free and proud
and be faithful in all my actions, conscientious and do my best to fulfill my dreams
and respect the dreams of my sons and daughters
With trust in a better future for my country, believing in the unity of my people and responsible for every grain of my country's soil
May God be my witness

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