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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.

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Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Ya Masry leh? Why you Egyptian?

 

This song is one of the most influencial songs I have every heard in Cairo, Egypt. Not because it is by an Egyptian well known singer- perhaps among a certain social class or age group- but because the lyrics described clearly the status of the Egyptian person today. The description is so accurate that it makes me feel more and more the misery and resilience of the Egyptian people who survived a tyrant ruler for 30 years, total poverty, ignorance, unemployment, corruption in every single thing from services to health care, lack of appreciation, humility, favouritism and bribery. All this and still we stand today a nation with no ruler, no clear future but many more corrupt persons eager to get their hand on this power and rise to become another Pharoah.

This song shows how we never learn from our mistakes. How we forget to elect and cannot but blame ourselves for whoever won the corrupt elections. It is a song that shows how our hot blood and temper brings us down and fails us every time. How we are unable to make something of ourselves because we tie our own hands with religion and say in the other life we will be rewarded. How also we let others steal from us right under our noses and stand watching.
If Egypt will ever change, it is not going to happen alone, and it certainly not going to happen by the 90 million people who cannot read or write or make a simple logical statement. Time can only heal the damages of 30 years and give people some glimpse of hope that tomorrow will be better. But there must be the will to change and not stubborn minds blinded by religion and false remarks and opinions. One thing that annoys me the most in Egypt is that the difference between fact and opinion is never there- both are alike... and worst, everything is like a game of charades, from politics to religion to simple street conversations. 

Anyway, I have decided to translate this song to share it with everyone on my blog, so please feel free to comment or like...etc.The song is written in Arabic for Ali El Hagaar to sing it. This I have to say is a literal translation which I hope will not affect too much the general gist or meaning so please keep an open mind and look beyond the words.

  ******************** Ya Masry Leh? *******************

Why Egyptian...your world is upside down and misery is all around?
And the spider made his web and spread onto the field
You Egyptian stand up,  get rid of the bats and get rid of your laziness
Life is indeed hard but the solution is so simple, you just need some planning
You opened the door for exporting...and you spent more than your income
The Other took advantage, left you blinded by religion and conned you big time

Why Egyptian...your world is upside down and misery is all around?
And the spider made his web and spread onto the field
You love to exaggerate and exagerate. In a happy occasion, you go mad...
in a funeral, you cannot stop a scream...and in a revolt, you explode!
...and in elections, you forget to vote!!!

Why Egyptian...your world is upside down and misery is all around?
And the spider made his web and spread onto the field
Why do you bribe and go lenient? You sell your rights easy, you deserve the fire, you deserve it.
Concealed, and the ignorant thinks you easy, upsent minded, stupid and naive

Why Egyptian...your world is upside down and misery is all around?
And the spider made his web and spread onto the field
You Egyptian who is squeezed peniless and stealing in your era harvests you
Stand up to life, catch up with time, nothing will bring back your Egypt
unless you work hard and be proactive...

Why Egyptian...your world is upside down and misery is all around?
And the spider made his web and spread onto the field
You Egyptian stand up,  get rid of the bats and get rid of your laziness
Life is indeed hard but the solution is so simple, you just need some planning

Why Egyptian...your world is upside down and misery is all around?

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